2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Texans
Since he was a teenager, everyone knew Clowney had NFL potential. He rated as the No. 1 high school prospect according to multiple sources back in 2011. Now with the league-mandated three years under his belt, he will make the jump to the NFL, which is where he belongs.
Clowney is already a grown man with special skills. Fantastic length, athleticism and strength. Once-a-decade pure talent. Can beat blockers with strength or speed, inside or out. Sudden burst, change of direction, and lateral agility are all elite. Great bend when working the outside edge. Could play multiple positions, but makes the most sense as a 4-3 DE.
Blamed for taking some plays off in 2013, but he did show an excellent motor in 2012. Work ethic has been a concern at times, as his talent far surpassed his competition. Showed great effort in backside pursuit. Plays to the whistle. Tackling technique is a bit hectic and will need to learn how to break down properly. He simply flies around the field, which is why he often relied on impact tackling. Very aggressive, downhill style of play. Could be the game's best pass rusher for years. The hype is real and deserved.
Clowney projects as a Top 5 pick in ... [Read More
At 24 years old, Su'a-Filo is making a somewhat late entrance into the NFL due to taking a two year mission with the Mormon Church a few years back. This powerful interior lineman is an ideal prospect and is widely considered the top option for his position.
Below average length. Short arms. Very flexible lower body and powerful. Can anchor, absorb contact and redirect defenders out of the play. Rarely gets off balance or lunges after his opponent. Uses hands very well. Gets ahold of someone and really puts his weight into them. Surprising lateral movement and agility. Experienced at tackle, but will most certainly play guard in the NFL.
Leverage is adequate when run-blocking. Lowers to out-will and out-muscle his man. Moves well in zone schemes. Solid in-line blocker. Hand placement still needs work. Aggressive style of play. Stays nasty to the whistle. Finishes plays.
Su'a-Filo projects as an early second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Fiedorowicz will make for a great potential red zone target thanks to his size and length. He doesn't offer much upside athletically; however, he has enough of a two-way game as both a blocker and pass-catcher to likely find a home in the first few rounds.
Really big hands and showed excellent strength at the combine. Average speed considering his weight and height. Really competitive blocker and shows flashes of having the strength to take his man off the line. Good, but not great hands. Boxes out reasonably well. Doesn't offer much of anything after the catch outside of a little power and tenacity. Can work the seam, but he isn't going to outrun any defensive backs or almost all linebackers.
Sets the edge quickly as a blocker. Needs to sink in his hips more consistently. Tends to rely too much on his upper body strength rather than really bend and unload in his matchup. Still improving as a route runner. Slow change of direction. Really thrown off by hand-checking and redirection at the line of scrimmage. Firmly in the second tier of prospect in this draft class.
Fiedorowicz is a third to fourth round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Lacks the athleti... [Read More
Nix is a big, two-gap lane filler who can clog the middle and occasionally spring loose to rush the passer. He provided the open lanes which brought success to MLB Manti Te'o last season. An excellent run defender who will occupy blockers, cause disruption and move the pile.
Nix could have made the jump to the NFL last season after Notre Dame's near run to a National Championship. His return to the Fighting Irish was going great until late November when he opted for knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Draft stock will need to rebound as the NFL coaches/scouts will want to see that his injury caused no serious short-term effects. Before his injury, he displayed very quick feet and a nice burst at the snap. Possesses excellent, thick frame. Will command double-team attention early in his career.
Could be a terrific fit both as a 4-3 DT or 3-4 NT. Average pass-rusher. To his benefit, he does have a couple moves, but he mostly relies on his power to collapse the pocket. Could do a better job using his hands to disrupt passing lanes. Above-average pursuit for his size.
Nix projects late first to early second round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Tom Savage is a big, well-built quarterback prospect from the Pitt Panthers. He has a strong arm and puts good velocity on his throws. A couple concerns with his game are his limited athleticism and average at best accuracy.
Tall with broad shoulders. Good technique in his delivery, stepping into throws and maintaining good footwork. Displayed improvement throughout college career. Calm demeanor in and out of the pocket. Durable and willing to stand tall in the pocket. Will absorb hits to make the necessary throws. Steps into his throws even with pressure coming.
Limited athletically. Sluggish and poor agility. A bit older than most prospects at 24 years old. Forced throws downfield and appears to be too confident in his talent. Accuracy declines when on the move. Stares down his receivers.
Savage projects as a late second to third rounder in the 2014 NFL Draft.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Needs a year to marinade on the bench. No redraft potential. A grab and stash for dynasty owners.... [Read More