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04-28-2014, 10:40 AM
Texans 2014 QB Draft Board (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-QB-Draft-Board/2572de74-2101-4f14-be8c-0adc69b316f8)
John Harris for HoustonTexans.com
1st - Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, Blake Bortles, UCF, Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
2nd - Derek Carr, Fresno State, Zach Mettenberger, LSU, Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
3rd - Tom Savage, Pitt, AJ McCarron, Alabama
4th - Aaron Murray, Georgia, Tajh Boyd, Clemson
5th - Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, David Fales, San Jose State
6th - Keith Wenning, Ball State
7th - Jeff Mathews, Cornell

UDFA prospects - Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M, Kenny Guiton, Ohio State, Bryn Renner, North Carolina
That all said, I don’t believe that the Texans draft a QB at Number one; I’ve said that for months. Now, I can see a scenario... where the Texans stay in the top eight and select Manziel or Bortles...

Manziel is the ultimate playmaker with a competitive streak to match the one O’Brien possesses... can be allergic to the pocket at times and not throw his receivers open as well as other weaknesses.

Bortles is the best combination of size, playmaking, arm strength and toughness in this quarterback draft class... throwing mechanics and footwork need some work

Bridgewater is my second ranked quarterback as I think his cerebral football nature and IQ are quite attractive... how his...body will hold up and his overall consistency... Pro Day...raised a few red flags...his Louisville game tape... squelche[s]..that worry.
Mettenberger is coming off an ACL tear in the team’s regular season finale in late November. Without that injury, there’s little question that Mettenberger’s name could be heard on Thursday night and not Friday night. It still may, thanks to that cannon.
Savage... has a howitzer and he played in a pro style attack, yet he was inconsistent, often inaccurate with ball placement.
Logan Thomas... Inconsistency, scattershot accuracy, coaching changes and limited offensive skill player resources all plagued Thomas over the last two years. But, he throws the ball as effortlessly as any quarterback in the draft.
Wenning caught my attention in his junior year. He seems to have the characteristics typically found in next level quarterbacks.

Fales doesn’t have the arm many in this class have but his ball placement and accuracy are on par with the best I’ve seen at the college level.

Don't sleep on Wenning as a developmental guy. And Fales is a guy Matt Waldman tabbed months ago (http://mattwaldmanrsp.com/2014/02/20/no-huddle-series-david-fales-developmental-gem/).

Much more here: http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-QB-Draft-Board/2572de74-2101-4f14-be8c-0adc69b316f8

04-28-2014, 03:04 PM
Big fan of Wenning. Small school player but four year starter. Got tons better each year. I'd give him a look starting with our comp pick in the 4th and at any point after. Depends on how the first four picks go though.

04-28-2014, 03:43 PM
I was fan of Fales before 2013 season but then got of that bandwagon.

04-30-2014, 04:05 PM
Texans WR/TE Draft Boards (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-WR-Draft-Board/7861d392-b08f-405c-b136-ea27e165c8cd)
John Harris
Texans Analyst
WR Draft Options
1st - None
2nd - None
3rd - None
4th - Bruce Ellington - South Carolina, Robert Herron - Wyoming, Ryan Grant - Tulane
5th - Michael Campanaro - Wake Forest, Trey Burton - Florida, John Brown - Pittsburg State
6th - Kain Colter - Northwestern, Jalen Saunders - Oklahoma, Taylor Martinez - Nebraska, Jeremy Gallon - Michigan
7th - Josh Stewart - Oklahoma State, Isaiah Burse - Fresno State

UDFA - Albert Wilson - Georgia State

In my estimation, finding Ellington at the top of the fourth round is a pipe dream. The former basketball...
TE Draft Options
1st - None
2nd - None
3rd - None
4th - None
5th - Joe Don Duncan - Dixie State, Richard Rodgers - Cal
6th - Larry Webster - Bloomsburg, Marcel Jensen - Fresno State
7th - Jacob Pedersen - Wisconsin

UDFA - Ted Bolser - Indiana, Kaneakua Friel - BYU

Seriously, this is Houston, don’t we need a “Joe Don” on the roster?...

more goodness for Mr. Harris: http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-WR-Draft-Board/7861d392-b08f-405c-b136-ea27e165c8cd

04-30-2014, 05:20 PM
Taylor Martinez in the 6th? He is a terrible option QB who used to be a safety.

Why waste a 6th on that?

04-30-2014, 05:37 PM
Taylor Martinez in the 6th? He is a terrible option QB who used to be a safety.

Why waste a 6th on that?

He's listed as a WR?

04-30-2014, 06:22 PM
2014 Pro Days: Nebraska's Taylor Martinez works out at QB, WR, DB (http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/nfl-draft-scout/24471057/pro-days-nebraskas-taylor-martinez-works-out-at-qb-wr-and-db)
With 28 evaluators from 23 NFL teams in attendance, quarterback Taylor Martinez, who wasn't invited to the NFL Combine, performed drills on Thursday at Nebraska's on-campus pro day. Considered a better athlete than polished passer, Martinez showed off his speed in drills and also some versatility by working out not only at quarterback, but also wide receiver and defensive back.

Recently recovered from a foot injury that ended his 2013 season, Martinez ran his 40-yard dash in the mid-4.4 range with some stopwatches as low as 4.41. He also recorded a 3.83 in the short shuttle, 39-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-9 broad jump...

Patriots Slot WR Julian Edelman was a college QB.

04-30-2014, 06:51 PM
Having watched Martinez, I would put his football IQ as Vince Young-like

Good luck to him I guess.

Glad he has finished at Nebraska

04-30-2014, 07:02 PM

05-01-2014, 11:58 AM
Texans OL Draft Board (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-OL-Draft-Board/22f327e2-8696-432b-b5c5-dba82c350fb3)
John Harris | Texans Analyst

Draft Options
1st - T Greg Robinson - Auburn, T/C Jake Matthews - Texas A&M
2nd - T/G Xavier Su’a Filo - UCLA, T/G Joel Bitonio - Nevada
3rd - G Trai Turner - LSU, T/G Jack Mewhort - Ohio State, T/G Billy Turner - North Dakota State
4th - T Cameron Fleming - Stanford, T/G/C Wesley Johnson - Vanderbilt, T/G Dakota Dozier - Furman, G Jon Halapio - Florida
5th - T/G Matt Patchan - Boston College, G John Urschel - Penn State
6th - T Laurent Duvernay-Tardif - McGill (Canada), G Kevin Danser - Stanford, G Kadeem Edwards - Tennessee State
7th - G Trey Hopkins - Texas

UDFA - G Kevin Pamphile - Purdue

One of the most intriguing linemen in this draft is Su’a Filo from UCLA... more than likely the best guard prospect on the board and perhaps as highly rated as the fifth best tackle prospect.

Bitonio shows flashes where I think he could be a top 50 prospect and other times when he’s a late day two project. He completely shut down UCLA star OLB Anthony Barr... however, Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence gave Bitonio headaches...

Trai Turner is young and strong, yet needs some technique work...

Billy Turner dominated lower-level competition throughout his three years at FCS three-time champ North Dakota State.

Fleming played for a nasty, physical Stanford squad...

Johnson is much better in game situations than he’ll ever be in one-on-one practice...

Furman’s Dozier who, as a left tackle, shut down Clemson star DE Vic Beasley...

Once O’Brien was hired, I figured it was a lock that Urschel would end up in Houston playing for his former head coach. A math savant and one of the smartest football players on the planet, Urschel isn’t a guy that buries defenders, yet has experience in this offense and is a sound football player.

Canadian Duvernay-Tardif... he’s got quick feet and the right dimensions to be a right tackle, but it’ll take him a year to find his way in the NFL.

05-03-2014, 11:56 PM
Texans D-Line Draft Board (http://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-D-Line-Draft-Board/119aa23d-243f-40ae-8317-56b6aeb8e1d0)
John Harris | Texans Analyst
...As such, it goes without saying that the Texans will add a defensive lineman in this draft, perhaps even linemen. Note for most of the options below the slash marks, indicating the ability to play different defensive line positions. If that duality wasn’t a priority in the past, it definitely is now and will be for the foreseeable future. The good news is that there are solid options for the Texans throughout this entire draft.

DL Draft Options

1st - DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina

2nd - DE/OLB Kony Ealy, Missouri, DT/DE Ra’Shede Hageman - Minnesota, DT/DE Dominique Easley - Florida, DE Stephon Tuitt - Notre Dame, NT Louis Nix III - Notre Dame

3rd - DT/DE DaQuan Jones - Penn State, DE Kareem Martin - North Carolina

4th - DT/DE Caruan Reid - Princeton, DE/DT Taylor Hart - Oregon, NT/DT Justin Ellis - La. Tech

5th - DE Brent Urban - Virginia

6th - NT Zach Kerr, Delaware, DT/DE Jeoffrey Pagan - Alabama, DT Khyri Thornton - Southern Miss, DE Josh Mauro, Stanford, DE/DT Ed Stinson - Alabama

7th - DT/DE Kerry Hyder - Texas Tech

05-10-2014, 12:40 PM
Outside Linebacker Draft Options
1st - DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney - South Carolina
2nd - DE/OLB Kony Ealy - Missouri, OLB Marcus Smith - Louisville, OLB Demarcus Lawrence - Boise State
3rd - OLB Carl Bradford - Arizona State, OLB Trent Murphy - Stanford, OLB Jeremiah Attaochu - Georgia Tech
4th - OLB Devon Kennard - USC
5th - OLB Ronald Powell - Florida
6th - OLB Kasim Edebali - Boston College, OLB Prince Shembo - Notre Dame, OLB Tyler Starr - South Dakota State
7th - OLB Derrell Johnson, East Carolina, OLB Nate Askew - Texas A&M, OLB Jonathan Newsome - Ball State

Inside Linebacker Draft Options
1st - None
2nd - ILB CJ Mosley - Alabama
3rd - None
4th - ILB Shayne Skov - Stanford
5th - ILB Preston Brown - Louisville, ILB Max Bullough - Michigan State
6th - ILB Avery Williamson - Kentucky
7th - ILB Jack Tyler - Virginia Tech, ILB Nikita Whitlock - Wake Forest, ILB Jeremiah George - Iowa State

Combination Linebacker Draft Options
1st - OLB/ILB Khalil Mack - Buffalo
2nd - OLB/ILB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
3rd - OLB/ILB Christian Jones, Florida State
4th - None
5th - None
6th - OLB/ILB Marquis Flowers, Arizona
7th - Nonehttp://www.houstontexans.com/news/article-2/Texans-LB-Draft-Board/54a1f2a6-72ba-4092-b28a-54eba987cd4d

05-10-2014, 12:43 PM
Cornerback Draft Options
1st - None
2nd - CB Jason Verrett - TCU
3rd - CB Marcus Roberson - Florida, CB/S Jaylen Watkins - Florida
4th - CB Demetri Goodson - Baylor, CB Andre Hal - Vanderbilt, CB Nevin Lawson - Utah State
5th - CB Walt Aikens - Liberty, CB/S Chris Davis - Auburn
6th - CB Dontae Johnson - NC State
7th - CB Lavelle Westbrooks - Georgia Southern

UDFA - CB Ciante Evans - Nebraska, CB Qua Cox - Jackson State, CB - Deion Belue - Alabama

Safety Draft Options
1st - None
2nd - S Jimmie Ward - Northern Illinois, S/CB Lamarcus Joyner - Florida State
3rd - S Terrence Brooks - Florida State, S/CB Antone Exum - Virginia Tech, S Deone Bucannon - Washington State
4th - S Kenny Ladler - Vanderbilt, S/CB Brock Vereen - Minnesota, S Vinnie Sunseri - Alabama
5th - S/CB Marqueston Huff - Wyoming, S/CB Dez Southward - Wisconsin
6th - S Lonnie Ballentine - Memphis, S Alden Darby - Arizona State, S Terrance Mitchell - Oregon
7th - S Hakeem Smith, Louisville, S Jonathan Dowling - Western Kentucky, S Sean Parker - Washington
UDFA - S Nickoe Whitley - Mississippi State, S Pierre Warren - Jacksonville State, S Ty Zimmerman - Kansas State