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Default Re: What grade would you give this draft?

Kiper: Houston Texans: A-

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Top needs: QB, OLB, RT, DE

Needs: A-
Value: A-

Summary: The Texans drafted a generational talent in Jadeveon Clowney, safely the top prospect in the entire draft, and somehow the focus was on what they would do at quarterback. Swing a trade? Draft another Carr? Well, they did end up getting a potential starter in Tom Savage, and I liked the value -- they grabbed Savage in Round 4 when I wouldn't have been surprised to see him go a round earlier. Make no mistake: Savage is no short-term savior. But the potential is there. The Texans got stronger in the trenches. Xavier Su'a-Filo is the best guard in the draft, and not only is C.J. Fiedorowicz an underrated athlete at tight end, he can actually block somebody, which isn't common in this tight end class. On defense, Louis Nix III is a steal at No. 83 if he's in decent shape, and with him, J.J. Watt and Clowney around, the Texans look awfully versatile up front. Jay Prosch is a bruiser at fullback, and I think Andre Hal could be a decent depth addition at CB soon. The Texans really could have gone a few different directions with that No. 1 pick and justified it. But they put aside questions of scheme, need, and everything else and simply took a potentially great player. I did think they could add a tackle, but Su'a-Filo makes them better up front, and will help the run game. if Nix and Savage pan out, this could be a great class.

2014 draft picks
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Rd	Pk	Pos	Player	College
(1)	1	DE	Jadeveon Clowney	South Carolina
(2)	33	G	Xavier Su'a-Filo	UCLA
(3)	65	TE	C.J. Fiedorowicz	Iowa
(3)	83	DT	Louis Nix III	Notre Dame
(4)	135	QB	Tom Savage	Pittsburgh
(6)	177	DE	Jeoffrey Pagan	Alabama
(6)	181	RB	Alfred Blue	LSU
(6)	211	FB	Jay Prosch	Auburn
(7)	216	CB	Andre Hal	Vanderbilt
(7)	256	S	Lonnie Ballentine	Memphis
McShay's favorite picks of 2014 draft
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Houston Texans
Rd. 1 (1): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

The Texans put together a good draft, and while there were a few different picks that merit consideration, I had to go with the No. 1 pick. Houston made the right decision in taking Clowney first overall. He is the best and most talented player in this class, and the Texans will make him fit in Romeo Crennel's scheme, taking advantage of his excellent pass-rushing ability and physical tools (including wide receiver-like straight-line speed). He's got a chance to be a superstar in the NFL.
Most improved teams from each division
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AFC South: Houston Texans

The Texans want to be a physical football team, and that was evident with several of the team's picks. Second-round guard Xavier Su'a-Filo is a tone-setter, third-round tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz should contribute early as a complement to Garrett Graham, and if third-round nose tackle Louis Nix III plays in the NFL like he did his 2012 season at Notre Dame, he's a steal, because he's a perfect fit in Romeo Crennel's system. If anyone can take fourth-round quarterback Tom Savage's raw talent and mold him into a successful NFL quarterback, it's coach Bill O'Brien. And, most important, the Texans also came away with the No. 1 player in this draft in Jadeveon Clowney, who should have an immediate impact as a pass-rusher his rookie season. When he gets one-on-one matchups, look out.
Pete Prisco B-plus
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Houston Texans: Taking Jadeveon Clowney was a no-brainer with the top pick, but why wait to take a quarterback until the fourth? They did a nice job picking players for the defensive line.

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