The selection of Loius Nix is outstanding! This provides defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel with the space-eating monster needed to ensure J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney can wreak havoc. Nix will be doing his share of destruction to offenses as well.
Here are the trade details:
Round 3, Pick 19 (83rd overall) and selects Louis Nix (NT--Notre Dame)
Round 4, Pick 1 (101st overall)
Round 5, Pick 1 (141st overall)
NFL.COM Draft Analysis:
33" arm length
StrengthsOutstanding size. Commands a double team and has two-gap ability. Good quickness off the snap. Has press strength and power to push blockers into the backfield. Shows disruptive ability when his battery is charged. Flashes an arm-over. Redirects well for a big man. Nice pursuit effort. Strong wrap tackler. Scheme versatile.
WeaknessesCan play with better leverage against double teams. Does not dominate single blocking. Needs to improve hand use -- punch impact, counter moves and shed timing. Limited pass-rush value (minimal sack production). Can do a better job protecting his legs -- is not as strong on his pegs as you'd expect and spends too much time on the ground. Conditioning and stamina will have to be monitored -- takes plays off and weight has fluctuated.
Draft ProjectionRounds 1-2 (top 50)
Despite standing to benefit from a more dominant senior season in South Bend, Nix, who already graduated, opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to provide for 13 siblings. He does not enter the NFL with momentum, having coped with knee tendinitis before season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, and too often his gregarious personality and media hype overshadowed his performance. However, if the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.
Nix also suffered from a fractured foot that kept him from performing at the NFL Combine (which our own Brett Kollmann discussed in amazing depth here). Despite all those setbacks, the newest Texan cheerfully reacted to Houston moving up to draft him in the third round:
"I'm ecstatic right now. I just want to have the opportunity to come in and help a franchise." -DT Louis Nix #Texans— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) May 10, 2014
The Texans are building for a sustainable core along the trenches. No more watching our boys getting blown off the line on either side of the ball. This is going to be a very powerful team where it counts for a long time.