March 18, 2018

How the 2014 Draft Picks Affects the Texans Current Roster

The NFL Draft is over and the Houston Texans have majority of their 53 man roster in the facility as we speak. The Texans added 10 new draft picks who have already reshaped the roster for the team and we take a look at the ripple effect that was felt post draft.


The Aftershock 


Jadeveon Clowney, Outside Linebacker, South Carolina 

General Manager Rick Smith has already pointed out that the Texans will be moving Clowney to outside linebacker and that will create some change mainly for Brooks Reed. Smith is going to leave it to defensive coordinator on how he is going to fit Reed into the defensive game plan, but it is looking like it could be a move for Reed.

As for the other outside linebackers, Whitney Mercilus and Ricky Sapp should still get ample opportunity to keep their spot on the roster. Trevardo Williams is still a question mark and where he goes from here is all in the dark, and Paul Hazel (Claimed off Waivers from Cleveland) has become the odd man out.


Move: Brooks Reed

Down on the Depth Chart: Paul Hazel



Xavier Su'a-Filo

Xavier Su’a-Filo

Xavier Su’a-Filo, Offensive Guard, UCLA

Considered a first round talent, the Texans optimized their draft by taking the offensive guard at #33. Su’a-Filo is an instant starter and should be the plug and play left guard for the offensive line, and with that it gives David Quessenberry a chance to compete for a right tackle starting position with two-year starter Derek Newton.

The Texans created competition on the offensive line and have a real chance to solidify their line with Su’a-Filo and Quessenberry at right tackle if he can beat Newton during camp.


Move: David Quessenberry

Down on The Depth Chart: Cody White and Alex Kupper


C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Iowa

Fierdorwicz is considered the best inline prospect of the draft and gives the Texans a real threat as a blocker in the run game. He has the ability to be a pass catching threat and adding him to the athletic Ryan Griffin and veteran presence of Garrett Graham, the position group has been solidified.

Zach Potter (Signed Free agent) and Phillip Supernaw have a tough road ahead of them to even be considered to be a factor barring injuries.


Outside Looking In: Zach Potter and Phillip Supernaw



Louis Nix III

Louis Nix III

Louis Nix III, Nose Tackle, Notre Dame

Best nose tackle prospect in the draft and the Texans might have found their starter for week one in Nix. The 331 lbs. prospect has what it takes to be what this defense needs and adding him to Crennel’s had chosen veteran nose tackle, Jerrell Powe, the Texans seem to be in business for the season.

Ricardo Mathews is considered a nose tackle, but his versatility will allow him to play all three positions.


Has to Work: Ricardo Mathews


Tom Savage, Quarterback, Pittsburgh 

The rumors were real and Bill O’Brien and George Godsey picked their quarterback in Savage. He is a little while off from getting real game action, but sitting behind Ryan Fitzpatrick for at least a season could be a big factor in his development. Savage is here to compete for the starting quarterback situation and the sooner the better for the O’Brien era, but T.J. Yates and Case Keenum become an after thought in a hurry.

If O’Brien keeps three quarterbacks for the season, then Yates and Keenum will be competing for the spot. Throw in the fact that Keenum still has practice squad eligibility, there is some wiggle room to keep the two if needed.

Outside Looking In: T.J. Yates and Case Keenum



Jeoffery Pagan

Jeoffery Pagan

Jeoffrey Pagan, Defensive End, Alabama

The 6-3 and 310 lbs. defensive end from Alabama is a perfect fit for the 3-4 defense run by Romeo Crennel. Slowed by a shoulder injury, Pagan was considered a potential 1st to 2nd round talent if completely healthy.

Jared Crick is the penciled in starter but that should be good enough for him and Pagan to rotate throughout the season. Pagan still has to work to be in the rotation, but it is not hard to like the upside of this selection.

Long time Texans defensive end Tim Jamsion was a question mark all 2013 season but no one could pin point why he was not active for majority of last season. The defensive line struggled and Jamison was coming off an an Achilles injury that ended his 2012 season, health at this point is a deciding factor.

Keith Browner has been on the Texans practice squad the past two seasons and will have new faces to compete with.


Has To Prove He is Healthy: Tim Jamison

Outside Looking In: Keith Browner


Alfred Blue, Running Back, LSU

This is Bill O’Brien hand-picked running back and Blue is a college running back with light use at LSU. 52 carries Blue averaged a season and only 5 carries a game, which is a good thing considered how much punishment running backs take game to game.

Blue added to Arian Foster and Andre Brown makes it a reality that the running back position could be filled. Blue can do a little bit of it all and at 6-2 and 223 lbs. he is fitting the mold of the bigger players the team has added to the roster.

Johnathan Grimes, Dennis Johnson, Chad Spann and Ray Graham at this point are all looking up at the top three backs on this team.


Outside Looking In: Johnthan Grimes, Dennis Johnson, Chad Spann, Ray Graham


Jay Prosch, Fullback, Auburn

The best fullback in the draft was looked at by the Texans offensive staff prior to Auburn’s pro day and was brought in a pre draft visit to NRG. Prosch is a fullback that can lead block with the best of them and most importantly contribute on special teams.

With no true fullback on the team, Prosch gives the running game a true fullback to open holes once again. Brad Smelley and Toben Opurum are labeled as fullbacks but that is not either ones true positions on the field.


Outside Looking In: Brad Smelley and Toben Opurum



Andre Hal

Andre Hal

Andre Hal , Corner Back, Vanderbilt

A value pick late in the 7th round, Hal will be brought in to take or push for a role on this team. Throw in the fact that he can return kicks also, Hal is not a one-dimensional player. Hal will be counted on to help in the slot and on the boundary when needed.

Brandon Harris will not have competition behind him for the nickel cornerback position with the addition of Hal. Elbert Mack was one of the teams best special teams player and A.J. Bouye will get a chance to solidify his spot in the secondary.

Josh Victorian and Loyce Means are now in a crowded secondary situation.


Outside Looking In: Josh Victorian and Loyce Means


Lonnie Balletine, Safety, Memphis

A height and weight athlete that is a raw player from the safety position is a tackling machine from the second level. How they use the big safety will be interesting, but the coaching staff wants to make sure all the draft picks make the team.

Ballentine adds depth to the safety position and gives another plus athlete to add into their special teams unit.

Kendrick Lewis and Chris Clemons were brought in to help at free safety and D.J. Swearinger is the starter at strong safety, which leaves a complete facelift for the position coming for the group. Shiloh Keo, Eddie Pleasant and Jawanza Starling have been put on notice and it will be interesting to see how the bottom of the position group shapes out.


Foot in the Door: Eddie Pleasant

Outside Looking In: Shiloh Keo, Jawanza Starling




One Response to “How the 2014 Draft Picks Affects the Texans Current Roster”
  1. CokedIP says:

    Just a great very informative article. I’m excited about several things.
    A bigger, stronger David Q coming in a winning the right tackle job. If this happens I feel we will have a very good O line
    The nose tackle with Nix and a little depth. I’m sorry very big depth.
    Clowney coming in and playing outside and moving Reed inside. I’ve always thought Reed was better suited inside.
    I’m a fan that understands we are rebuilding, so I’m just wanting to see improvements. I believe Fitzpatrick is a very serviceable qb and the growth of Savage could possibly end up being the steal of the draft. He certainly looks the part. Jeff

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