Rick Smith and the Houston Texans front office should feel very good this morning as they sit down and reflect back on the draft. In the NFL everyone says you just need to be in the tournament to give yourself a chance at getting to the Super Bowl, and the path of least resistance to achieve that goal is to win your division.
Fortunately for the Texans, the main hurdle, the Indianapolis Colts, had arguably one of the worst drafts in the NFL, while many believe the Texans had improved the most by week’s end. Last year we saw a Kansas City Chiefs team hire a new coach with a new attitude and go from 2-14 to the playoffs the following season. As long as the Texans get competent quarterback play look for the same to happen on Kirby drive this fall
Houston Texans: Grade A
The Texans stuck to their board and actually just took the best player available which has not always been the case around here. Day 3 player to watch; RB Alfred Blue (6th round). Blue is a guy I really like and think the Texans might of found a gem here. Tom Savage will either be the 3rd quarterback or stashed on IR in 2014.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Grade B
Yes I am grading on a curve because I just do not believe in Blake Gabbert…errr…Bortles, but the Jags did a really good job giving him everything he will need to be successful. Day 3 player to watch; CB Aaron Colvin (4th round). He’s someone that should be able to step in and contribute from day 1.
Tennessee Titans: Grade B-
The Titans only had six picks this draft. They had many holes to fill and drafted decent players but nothing stands out. Day 3 player to watch; QB Zach Mettenberger (6th round). We might be concerned about our quarterback situation here in H-Town but nothing is worse than what is going on in Nashville so look for Zach to get a shot in training camp at being the starter.
Indianapolis Colts: Grade D+
With a trade last season for Cleveland running back Trent Richardson, the Colts had no first round picks. They might of had the worst draft of all 32 teams. Day 3 player to watch; OT Ulrick John (7th round) is an interesting prospect.Of course until they play we don’t have any clue if these projections will hold true. Now we just wait for the second waive of free agency and I will tell you why Case Keenum will be the Texans starter in 2014.
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