Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, the two main experts on ESPN’s draft coverage, have already handed out their grades for the 2014 NFL Draft. Let’s see how ESPN grades the Houston Texans draft.
Kiper Jr. gave the Texans an A- for their work this weekend. Click here for the rest of his draft analysis.
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.
McShay said the Texans were the most improved team in the AFC South.
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.
For more on how ESPN graded the Texans and each pick, click here.
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