The Top 5 Draft Busts in Houston Texans History
3. Louis Nix, Third round, 2014
Bill O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith has had a good track record so far when it comes to their draft picks the last two years. But the one lemon comes from Louis Nix, who was taken in the third round with the hopes of being a strong nose guard.
The 6-foot-2, 331-pound defensive tackle from Notre Dame seemed like it was a great pick, as he could be an effective run blocker. But he came into rookie camp overweight, and then underwent two knee surgeries, ending his 2014 season without playing a game. He also injured his wrist in practice, frustrating O’Brien enough to challenge if Nix can go through a workout without injuring himself.
Nix did get back and played in all four preseason games in 2015, but didn’t progress enough to impress O’Brien and was cut. He later signed with the New York Giants’ practice squad, and was resigned with a reserve/futures contract.
There is still a chance for Nix to be a decent NFL player if he can prove himself with the Giants. He’s got a big frame and has worked hard to get healthy. But right now, he is on the list as the third biggest bust for the Texans in their history.
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