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LikeMike 05-10-2014 06:11 PM

What grade would you give this draft?
 
Itīs a wrap. What grade would you give our draft? Hereīs how it went:

First Round

1.1 Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB

Second Round

2.1 Xavier Suía-Filo G

Third Round

3.1 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE

3.19 Louis Nix NT

Fourth Round

4.35 Tom Savage QB

Sixth Round

6.1 Jeoffrey Pagan DE

6.5 Alfred Blue HB

6.35 Jay Prosch FB

Seventh Round


7.1 Andre Hal CB

7.41 Lonnie Ballentine FS

rmartin65 05-10-2014 06:12 PM

2014 Texansí Draft Grades
 
Well, the 2014 draft is over. The Texans have added ten new players to the team. How do you think they did? **I know grades following the draft are meaningless. This thread is purely for amusement and discussion of the new additions. If you donít want to participate, then please leave the thread for those of us that do. Thanks for not being a ***********

Round 1, Pick 1: South Carolina OLB Jadeveon Clowney Grade: B+
I donít think anybody is really surprised with this pick. In short, Clowney has all the physical ability he needs to become a dominate pass rusher in the NFL, but there are concerns over his motivation, injury history (bone spurs), and production (just 3 sacks this past year). I strongly believe that the Texans tried to trade out of this pick, but received no satisfactory offers. In sum, I think this is a B+ pick. While I would have taken Robinson, the Texans must be commended for not getting cute and trying to be the smartest in the room. They took the near consensus top prospect, whose upside is undenyable. Whether he reaches it or not is another question. Day 1 starter.

Round 2, Pick 33: UCLA OG Xavier Suía-Filo Grade: A
I think we all knew the Texans needed to upgrade the OL, and this pick does just that. XSF (I am not going to write his name, ever) is a strong, athletic, and nasty interior line prospect, who reportedly has a very strong work ethic. Truthfully, I am surprised that he was not taken earlier. Day 1 starter.

Round 3, Pick 65: Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz Grade: A
I canít tell you guys how much I like this pick; Fiedorowicz has been on my radar for years. Fiedo possesses a large frame, and is much more athletic than people give him credit for. He is a dominant in-line blocker, and is a great red zone target and short-to-intermediate safety blanket for whatever QB becomes the starter. Day 1 starter.

Round 3, Pick 83: Notre Dame NT Louis Nix III Grade: A
The Front Office nailed another pick, trading up to get, in my opinion, the top NT prospect in the draft. Louis Nix III is the space-eater most of us have been coveting for years, and, unlike most other big guys, exhibits quick feet and good effort on most plays. There are concerns over his weight and injury history, but I am going to put some trust in the FO. Day 1 starter.

Round 4, Pick 135: Pitt QB Tom Savage Grade: B+
First, I want to say that, while I liked Bridgewater, I am glad the Texans did not reach for a QB despite an organizational need for one. Savage has prototypical size, a big arm, and has demonstrated that he can learn a variety of offenses. Now, I am concerned that he did not play for over 1,000 days, largely as a result of his double transfer. It really worries me that he transferred from Rutgers instead of gritting his teeth and battling, but you have to remember, he was young. People make mistakes, people mature. Again, I am putting some trust in the FO. Savage should not start this year, but weirder things have happened.

Round 6, Pick 177: Alabama DE Jeoffrey Pagan Grade: A
I donít know a ton about this guy, but what I do know, I like. A big guy with excellent strength and surprising agility, Pagan seems to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 end. He should not start this year, but I do expect him to see significant playing time.

Round 6, Pick 181: LSU RB Alfred Blue Grade: C
I am a little surprised here, and confess that I donít know much about Blue. A big back with average speed, Blue was mainly utilized as a member of a RB rotation at LSU. Runs hard, does not have great lateral agility, and apparently has good hands out of the backfield (per pro day reports). Honestly, I would have gone with another position, or even a different RB. That said, it is becoming clear the type of offense the new HC wants, and Blue seems to be a fit. I have high hopes, but pretty low expectations.

Round 6, Pick 211: Auburn FB Jay Prosch Grade: B
Well, if we are going to run a power offense, Prosch is a good player to have. Not a huge threat in the passing game, Prosch is a run-blocking monster. Squares up well, and really hits the defenders in the mouth. Should make the roster due to his skill set (blocking ace) and special teams ability.

Round 7, Pick 216: Vanderbilt CB Dre Hal Grade: C
To be honest, this is the first time I have heard about him. We need a CB and he returns kicks, so he fits an organizational need, but after reading some scouting reports, I have to wonder if he even makes the roster. However, the guy at BRB likes him a bunch, so hopefully he has it right. Since I have no eval of my own, I have to go with a C here. Subject to change once I get around to finding some film.

Round 7, Pick 256: Memphis S Lonnie Ballentine Grade: C
Again, I don't know anything about this guy. A quick look at some draft sides show that he is more athlete than football player at this point. A good project guy for the future.

Overall Grade: A
Easy. This draft was awesome.

The Pencil Neck 05-10-2014 06:12 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I give that a A.

IlliniJen 05-10-2014 06:12 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
First to give it an A.

Good jerb, Obie & Co.

76Texan 05-10-2014 06:12 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
An I

Playoffs 05-10-2014 06:13 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
Gotta give it an "A" on the weight of the early picks, even though I felt we left some talent "on the table" with some later picks.

foo82 05-10-2014 06:13 PM

I'd give it 3.1416

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SAMURAITEXAN 05-10-2014 06:13 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
A for Awesome draft!

eriadoc 05-10-2014 06:14 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
For the first time in a long time, I felt like the staff had a plan and they pursued it. There's no doubt after this draft what the identity of the team will be. I'm not sure I ever felt that way about the team before. On top of that, they didn't cave to the pressure to take a QB that they didn't feel was worth the pick.

A+

Thorn 05-10-2014 06:14 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I'll give it an A easily. On paper, this looks like a terrific draft.

rmartin65 05-10-2014 06:15 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
We crushed it. I love how this draft looks on paper.

markn 05-10-2014 06:16 PM

Love this draft.

LonerATO 05-10-2014 06:16 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I'd give this a B.

IlliniJen 05-10-2014 06:16 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
Basically my reaction to this draft:

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texanhead08 05-10-2014 06:17 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I love this draft we got tougher and more physical and with how soft we were last year this is a welcome change in philosophy.

VTexan 05-10-2014 06:17 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
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Wolf 05-10-2014 06:19 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I liked it .. but I can't grade it being we need need to see results on the field ..plus what good does it do if everyone in the AFC south gets the good grades.. we need to make up ground on the foes :)

Marshall 05-10-2014 06:20 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by LikeMike (Post 2338567)
Itīs a wrap. What grade would you give our draft? Hereīs how it went:

First Round

1.1 Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB A+

Second Round

2.1 Xavier Suía-Filo G A

Third Round

3.1 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE B-

3.19 Louis Nix NT A+

Fourth Round

4.35 Tom Savage QB B-

Sixth Round

6.1 Jeoffrey Pagan DE B-

6.5 Alfred Blue HB C

6.35 Jay Prosch FB A

Seventh Round


7.1 Andre Hal CB B-

7.41 Lonnie Ballentine FS D+

Grades are next to the position.

Overall B+

BigBull 05-10-2014 06:20 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
On paper no doubt an A. The real grade will come in 2-4 years when we see how they actually play on the NFL level.

LikeMike 05-10-2014 06:21 PM

Re: What grade would you give this draft?
 
I think we`ve got ourselves 5 early season starters out of this draft:

Clowney
XSF
Fiedorowicz
Nix
Prosch

Add to that 3 rotational players in

Pagan
Blue
Hal

Anf two projects in:

Savage
Ballentine

So, 5 starters, 3 rotational player, 2 guys with a buttload of talent that could help us in the future. That is a great draft in my book. Of course it never plays out this way, but I still think we`ve got a whole lot better the past 3 days.


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