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Default Re: What grade would you give this draft?

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Originally Posted by beerlover View Post
In reverse order (I'm sick to death of focus on #1).

256) Lonnie Ballentine, FS, Memphis 6030 219

Similar body build to Randy Moss. Did not follow this prospect however could be a gem & addresses coveted FS position I projected much earlier (Bucannon). Very high ceiling developmental prospect, classic true boom or bust. sure scouting did their homework so will defer to them & ability to sell him to new coaching staff. check out this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoD3ZpaUzxs day after grade B

216) Andre Hall, CB, Vanderbilt 5103 188

Studied this polished CB & actually selected him for Philly 7th rd. 237, so I agree with rating & along with Lonnie addresses db need could see some reps in nickle coverage & very good on special teams, hard worker & will compete. B

211) Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn 6010 256

Texans have struggled ever since Vonta Leach left team, if he can lead block for Foster like Leach this is solid value & replaces much costlier Greg Jones while signalling end to FB by committee experiment. Loved that power running attack Auburn used, this pick is more about system than player alone B+.

181) Alfred Blue, RB, LSU 6023 223

Not crazy about Blue but possess plus size, similar to Foster. Back-up to prized #1 Jeremy Hill should be use to back-up role behind Foster. Plenty of tread life left on his wheels so should be fresh & fit into the power scheme. C

177) Jeffrey Pagan, DE/DT, Alabama 6034 319

Back-up DE/NT. not explosive or athletically gifted but does have heavy hands & space eater. Had medical issues & played only one year as starter. See him as reach pick to fill need. C

135) Tom Savage, QB, Pitt 6037 228

Pocket QB with some mobility to extend plays. In mold of a Bortles or Tom Brady but must be developed by O'Brian in his toughest task to date. Some Cougar fans aren't going to like this but project Keenum to practice squad with TJ back-up to Fitzpatrick, Savage as backup to TJ. Goodbye Case & good luck! Had a solid 4th rd. grade throughout this process on Savage & given the need he gets a solid B.

83) Louis Nix III, NT/NG, Notre Dame 6023 331

Only reason I can think of why he dropped this far was his surgically repaired season-ending torn meniscus. Texans medical staff had to give assurances or at least a positive prognosis moving forward. So while I love this player/prospect we should be careful & not expect too much right away. Texans also gave up 4th & 5th rd. picks to Philadelphia to move up to acquire him. Some added cost that I hope will be well worth it, plus I really like his personality, he cracks me up & should keep locker room loose. B+

65) CJ Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa 6054 265

Favorite pick of Texan draft. 3rd rd. grade but could easily gone earlier. limited production based off conservative Iowa offense, under utilized but developed polish as in line & down-field blocker. Was scared to death Texans drafted him to trade to New England in exchange for Mallet. Fits the Gronk profile w/o injury concerns. A

33) Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA 6041 307

What separates him beside Samoan bloodline from Zach Martin (who went to Jerry Jones hopeless Cowgirls 16th overall) is his superior length & athletic ability. Gets to second level better than most OG's I've ever seen, should have went earlier, in most years he would have gone in first. Did/Could not project him being available for Texans. Strong & explosive in his play as teammate DE/OLB Anthony Barr (9th overall to Vikings)was defensively. A

1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB, South Carolina 6052 266

BPA. Cannot go wrong with that approach especially on a team that struggled in pass rushing that had created double & triple teams on Texans best defensive player JJ Watt. This gives Clowney an outstanding opportunity to play in a Romeo Crennel defense & being coached up personally with one of the hottest up & coming coaches in Mike Vrabel. Watt-Nix-Crick in front then Clowney-Cushing-Brooks-Mercilus in middle with Joseph-Lewis-Swearinger-Jackson back-end. A

Overall, without bias Texans B+
NE seemed to like LSU backs it seems , Kevin Faulk and Steven Ridley as examples .
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