Houston Texans: SI grades 2014 NFL Draft


May 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith (left) speaks to the media during a press conference to introduce first-round draft pick Jadeveon Clowney (right) at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke and Doug Farrar have posted their grades for all 32 NFL teams for their selections in the 2014 NFL Draft, including the Houston Texans.

The Texans finished the draft with 10 picks, including the No. 1 overall selection of the entire NFL Draft, when they selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Here is what part of the SI article said of the Texans draft, written by Burke:

"“The real stars of the work done here came in guard Xavier Su’a-Filo atop Round 2 and in a trade-up for DT Louis Nix III in Round 3. Houston is a much better team than it was headed into Thursday, but will it matter without a surefire quarterback?”"

Burke’s final grade for the Texans’ draft was an A- for their three days of work.

I think that is a very fair grade for the Texans’ draft, as I liked the pick of Tom Savage in the fourth round at QB.

Besides the first overall selection of Clowney, my favorite pick by the Texans was on the second day when they traded up to select Nix at nose tackle to fill a huge void they needed on the defensive line.

The selection of Nix can only make Clowney, J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing that much better.

Just how good the front seven of the Texans can be this upcoming season is scary. It should be fun to see how this new group of Texans’ defensive players all gel and become one freighting unit.

AFC South offensive coordinators have been put on notice.

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