Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; UCLA Bruins offensive lineman Xavier Su

Houston Texans Round 2 Grade: Xavier Su'A-Filo

The selection of offensive guard Xavier Su’A-Filo (UCLA) was an interesting pick, one I’m not completely sold on in terms of “flash,” but one I completely understand, because in my mock draft I had the Texans selecting an offensive tackle at No. 33.

I believe the selection of Su’A-Filo is a smart choice, because the team needs an offensive line before they can compete, no matter who the quarterback is.

My final grade for this choice of Su’A-Filo is a B+.

The Texans had to do something about the 40-plus sacks they allowed this past season with Matt Schaub, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates under center, plus with one of the better players being running back Arian Foster, it can only help his production in games.

CBS Sports gave the Texans’ second round choice a B-, as John Breech wrote:

“The 23-year-old took a unique route to the NFL. After starting 13 games as a freshman at UCLA in 2009, Su’a-Filo went on a two-year Mormon mission and didn’t return to football until the 2012 season. Over his final two years, Su’a-Filo started 27 games for the Bruins before eventually declaring for the draft after the 2013 season despite having a year of eligibility left.”

The current Texans guards are Alex Kupper, Brandon Brooks and Cody White. The tackles are Duane Brown, Ryan Harris and Derek Newton.

This pick isn’t flashy, but it is smart, because this o-line had some problems that needed corrected.

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