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Houston Texans News: April 22, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Texans GM reportedly likes Khalil Mack over Clowney -
Khalil Mack might not be No. 1 in most analysts' mock drafts, but Houston Texans GM Rick Smith might target him over Jadeveon Clowney. What would make the Buffalo product a better fit?

Report: Texans G.M. prefers Khalil Mack to Jadeveon Clowney | ProFootballTalk
When the longer-than-ever pre-draft process began, the general assumption was that the Texans would draft a quarterback. Then, as everyone began to realize what a generational talent Jadeveon Clowney was, the pendulum of conventional wisdom swung that way.

Would it be crazy to for Texans to draft Sammy Watkins? | FOX Sports on MSN
The Texans have the unenviable task of picking first in this year's NFL Draft.

Texans hosting tackle Greg Robinson this week | ProFootballTalk
The Texans are casting a wide net as they prepare for the first pick in the draft, unless they're not planning to use the first pick. According to Jason La Canfora of, the Texans are hosting Auburn tackle Greg Robinson this week, as they continue to study their options.

NFL coach describes 2014 draft as 'torturous' in picking quarterbacks | The MMQB with Peter King
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — In my travels over the past week to watch Johnny Manziel game tape with people who know quarterbacks and quarterback play (more about that next week in Sports Illustrated and The MMQB), I had a coach tell me that trying to figure out which passer to pick...

Texans' NFL Draft needs | FOX Sports on MSN
With the roster stripped of some talent and the NFL calendar now a little more than three weeks away from the NFL Draft, what are the biggest needs that the Texans need to address on their roster?

Kicking off our draft previews with a look at the Texans | ProFootballTalk
The Texans are intent on making this interesting. Usually by this point, there's a consensus on what the team with the top pick is going to do. (Of course, by this point, they've usually already drafted.

Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney meeting with Texans -
Don't count Johnny Manziel out as the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft just yet. The Houston Texans will meet with him, as well as Jadeveon Clowney, on Monday.

PFT Live: Texans talk with John McClain, PFT Planet calls and tweets | ProFootballTalk
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle has released his latest mock draft and he has the Texans taking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick on May 8.

Ultimate Texans " Manziel, Clowney spend the day in Houston
Manziel, Clowney spend the day in Houston.

RTC: The best Texans picks round by round - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans... As the Texans get into a busy week of visits from high-end draft prospects -- such as Johnny Manziel...

Khalil Mack over Jadeveon Clowney? Someone with Texans thinks so - ESPN
NFL draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney might have some convincing to do Monday when he visits the Houston Texans. Peter King from his column in TheMMQB:

Around the League

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Derek Carr, Teddy Bridgewater & an unpredictable quarterback class -
Predicting the 2014 NFL Draft isn't easy, but we took another crack at it with a collaborative mock draft this week.

Jumps Off the Tape: The well-rounded Devonta Freeman -
What jumps off the tape about Florida State's star running back? Danny Kelly checks in with a look at a player who possesses the trifecta of balance, vision and savvy.

Houston Texans' pick at No. 1 remains wide open; report suggests GM prefers Khalil Mack to Jadeveon Clowney -
With 17 days until the start of the 2014 NFL Draft, there is anything but a consensus on who will be the top pick.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Dominguez dethrones the king; Astros win 7-2 - The Crawfish Boxes
Astros' bat come alive against Felix Hernandez; Houston snaps seven-game losing streak.

Patrick Beverley injury update: Rockets point guard likely to play in game two, reports say - The Dream Shake
Despite appearing to re-injure his knee in game one, Patrick Beverley will reportedly play in game two, Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Texas basketball reveals 2014 non-conference schedule - Burnt Orange Nation
Which marquee opponents will take the place of North Caroline and Michigan this season?

Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | Updated Football Depth Chart; Baseball Plays TCU; Taylor to Coppin St. - Viva The Matadors
The baseball team lost to New Mexico yesterday and will play TCU in Abilene tonight. The football team has the latest depth chart released. Men's assistant basketball coach Vince Taylor is set to take the head coaching job at Coppin St.

Baylor Football 2014 Spring Practice: Questions Answered - Our Daily Bears
Now that Baylor's 2014 Spring Practices are over and the team has adjourned until the summer, we can answer a few of the more pressing questions from weeks ago.

Revisiting Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Offense Last Season - Good Bull Hunting
Towards the end of last season, I was critical of Johnny Manziel's decision making in the Texas A&M offense. I've now changed my views on the subject. What changed my mind?

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - How many QBs are going to go in the first ten picks of the 2014 NFL Draft? And which QB(s) will it be? #TTTQ