Houston Texans pass on QB at No. 33 in 2014 NFL draft, select Xavier Su'a-Filo
The Houston Texans have had two opportunities to add a quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft, and they've declined both times.
Houston selected Jadeveon Clowney at No. 1 overall to open Thursday night's Round 1. They started the second day of draft proceedings by upgrading their offensive line with UCLA G Xavier Su'a-Filo, a player who was considered to be a legitimate Round 1 prospect and the top guard available in this class. Su'a-Filo likely will step into a starting spot on the line -- currently, 2013 third-rounder Brandon Brooks and 2013 fourth-rounder Ben Jones are penciled into the two guard position. Su'a-Filo appears to be an upgrade on either guy.
Derek Carr remained on the board into Day 2, and his availability had to have made for some interesting discussions within the Texans' war room. As everyone no doubt remembers, the Texans' first draft pick as an expansion club was Derek's brother, David Carr, who bombed under the weight of a terribly overmatched team. Diving back into the family might have given Houston its answer at QB, as Derek Carr reportedly was on the table for both Cleveland and Oakland in Round 1.
There are myriad quarterback choices still available, at least one of which may interest Houston at the top of Round 3 (or later in Round 2, should the Texans orchestrate a trade up).
Su'a-Filo stood alone atop the 2014 guard rankings, and he was not far back in the discussion about this draft class' top offensive lineman period. He'll slide right into a starting job in Houston, with Bill O'Brien certain to take advantage of his abilities to move defenders in the run game. The Texans line remains in flux despite this pick -- they may use another selection later on to nab a tackle or a prospect capable of handling multiple position up front.
There will be few concerns about Su'a-Filo's ability to live up to the No. 33 pick. He had Round 1 written all over him.
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