May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Jadeveon Clowny (South Carolina) poses for a photo with Roger Goodell after being introduced as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
ESPN NFL Draft expert and analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his 2014 NFL Draft grades.
For the Houston Texans, Kiper Jr. gave them an overall grade of an A-, saying the Texans drafted for both need and value the past three days.
Kiper Jr. wrote the following about the Texans’ draft on ESPN Insider:
"“The Texans really could have gone a few different directions with that No. 1 pick and justified it. But they put aside questions of scheme, need, and everything else and simply took a potentially great player. I did think they could add a tackle, but Su’a-Filo makes them better up front, and will help the run game.”"
I agree with Kiper Jr. that the Texans did have a very good draft, and my thoughts are they have a very nice core group of young players to build around for future seasons to go with what talent they already have on the roster.
Kiper Jr. also wrote newly drafted QB Tom Savage is “no short-term savior,” but has “potential.”
One of my favorite picks in this draft after thinking about it is Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz for the fact the Texans seem to be building an offense that might resemble what they did in New England when they won a lot of football games.
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The Texans aren’t there quite yet, because they still have questions at QB for the 2014 season, but they are already a better team that what was put on the field last season.
At least that’s a start.
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