CBS Sports handed out draft grades after each individual and one final grade at the end of the draft. Pete Prisco handed out the grades for the picks in the first three rounds as well as the final grade. Derek Stephen handed out the grades in rounds 4-7. Let’s take a look at the CBS Sports grades.
Overall Texans Draft Grade: B+
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. Grade: B-plus
1. Jadeveon Clowney – Grade: A
I love this pick. He is the draft’s best player. I would have traded down, but he will be a star.
2. Xavier Su’a Filo – Grade: B-
This is a safe pick for a team that needs line help. He’s a mauler and will be a rookie starter. Why not Louis Nix?
3. C.J. Fiedorowicz – Grade: C
I think this is high for this tight end. He is a solid player, and they have a need, but this is a little high for me. Some scouts thought he was overrated.
3. Louis Nix III – Grade: A
This is great pick. Can you imagine him choking off the run with J.J. Watt and then turning the pass rushers in Watt and Clowney loose? Great pick.
4. Tom Savage – Grade: B Savage has a big arm, demonstrates toughness in the pocket, and shows nice touch on all the throws. He hopped between three schools before settling on Pitt, and really only has one year of prolific pass production. Has an NFL skill set, but can he produce for the long haul?
6. Jeoffrey Pagan – Grade: C
Pagan comes in to compete at the nose, with his big-time girth, anchoring strength and good run recognition. He lacks power and quickness of the snap though, and offers very little in terms of up-field rush. Consistency will be key for him, if he’s to compete for significant play time in Houston.
6. Alfred Blue – Grade: B
Blue didn’t get a ton of carries at LSU, but like Spencer Ware before him, he possesses size and skills to be a legit contributor in an NFL backfield.
6. Jay Prosch – Grade: B
Prosch is a powerful, smart and technically sound lead blocker who gives you little as a rusher himself, but is a nice pass-catcher out of the backfield, and is a dependable pass-protector.
7. Andre Hal – Grade: B-
Hal’s size is problematic when projecting him to the outside, but his tenacious style of play should make him competitive in the slot for the Texans.
7. Lonnie Ballentine – Grade: B-
Ballentine is an unrefined safety with impressive physical tools and size, who struggles to play the ball and needs technical development. Could be a special teams beast considering his length and closing speed.
Though Prisco loved the Clowney and Nix picks, he didn’t seem to like the Su’a-Filo and Fiedorowicz picks. I liked the Su’a-Filo pick as he seems like he’s going to be a regular for the next 10 years. The Texans needed offensive line help, and Su’a-Filo can step right in and be a starter for a long time in this league.Fiedorowicz wasn’t a huge need pick, but he gives the Texans several options at tight end. Considered the best blocking tight end in this draft, Fiedorowicz also has the size to be a nice redzone target for whoever starts at quarterback. Though the Texans had other needs to fill, I would have given the Texans a better grade.
The remaining picks each received fair grades. Unless the Texans picked someone in the 6th round that was expected to be drafted during day two or early in day three, they weren’t going to receive an A. All day three picks have potential to be regular contributors, though can just as easily miss the cut to be on the team’s final roster.
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