ESPN Post-Draft Power Rankings: Houston Texans 26th

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Is it time for power rankings already? Oh, who am I kidding? It's ALWAYS time for power rankings.

ESPN released their post-draft power rankings this morning. After ending the 2013 season dead last – and rightfully so – Houston’s first draft in the Bill O’Brien era produced the third highest ranking spike in ESPN's NFL, as the Texans moved to 26th overall (+6 spots).  This jump put them behind Atlanta (+12 spots) and Green Bay (+7 spots), respectively.

Now sitting one slot behind division rival Tennessee (-3 spots), the Texans seem to be moving on up solely because of the potential strength of their defense. With J.J. Watt, Jadeveon Clowney, and Whitney Mercilus as pass rushers, Louis Nix and Brooks Reed as run stoppers, and Brian Cushing as the designated blood spiller, Houston might have one of the best front sevens in the entire NFL by the end of next season. Here’s what ESPN had to say about Houston's ranking.

There are few things scarier than the idea of a defense with both Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt. Just try not to think about the quarterback situation.

What say you, BRB? Is a ranking of 26th overall too high or too low for the Texans?

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