Where does Xavier Su’a-Filo fit within the Houston Texans o-line?


May 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans guard Xavier Su’a-Filo.

Xavier Su’a-Filo

When the Houston Texans drafted offensive lineman Xavier Su’a-Filo nearly two weeks ago in the second round (Pick 33) of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Texans put their faith in revamping the offensive line that struggled at times, instead of drafting a quarterback with that selection.

Close to 14 days later, some believe the Texans made the right decision with the selection of Su’a-Filo, while there are others who feel the Texans should have selected a quarterback with the first pick of the second round.

None of us will truly know how good the selection is or will be until a few years from now, but I like how the Texans are working on their foundation of the team (offensive/defensive lines) before they ultimately decide who their quarterback is.

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In an article by the Houston Chronicle last week, they quoted center Chris Myers as saying:

"“I think he’s going to be a great addition to our line, wherever he ends up playing.”"

I think Myers is correct.

Texans first-year head coach Bill O’Brien still hasn’t said where Su’a-Filo (6-4, 307) will play, but the guess is he’ll battle for the left guard position, where Wade Smith played for the past three seasons.

Last season, the Texans’ offensive line gave up over 40 sacks.

The Texans offensive line could look like this in Week 1: Duane Brown (LT), Su’a-Filo (LG), Chris Myers (C), Brandon Brooks (RG) and Derek Newton (RT).

There will be other position battles on the o-line as well, but with Su’a-Filo (who also played tackle at UCLA), he’ll fit in just fine with this offensive unit and give them an instant upgrade when he takes his first snaps with his new teammates.

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