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Houston Texans News: May 1, 2014

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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Houston Texans News

Houston Texans deciding between Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel at No. 1 in 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
With the 2014 NFL draft just over one week away, the No. 1 overall pick remains a mystery. For weeks it had appeared that the Texans would be drafting a quarterback with the top pick, but the recent buzz has indicated the team prefers South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Texans WR Draft Board
A look at the Texans wide receiver draft board.

GM Rick Smith: "I absolutely know who I want"
With the 2014 NFL Draft just eight days away, general manager Rick Smith says the Texans know who they want at No. 1.

Houston Texans lineman J.J. Watt's NFL merchandise sales top for defensive players - Houston Business Journal
NFL Players Inc. rankings include all products sold by licensees online and in stores.

RTC: The making of Mike Evans - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ... Receiver is very low on the list of the Texans' needs, but it's worth getting to know Mike Evans...

Ultimate Texans " Ahead of draft, Johnny Manziel graces cover of Sports Illustrated
Ahead of draft, Johnny Manziel graces cover of Sports Illustrated

Ultimate Texans " What are the real ‘lessons learned’ from Texans 2002 draft?
What are the real ‘lessons learned’ from Texans 2002 draft?

Atlanta Falcons' Thomas Dimitroff has talked to teams about trades - ESPN
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he has discussed trade scenarios with other teams in preparation for this...

NFL Nation Buzz: Texans - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli discusses the working relationship DE Jadeveon Clowney will have with Brian Cushing and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel if the Texans select Clowney with the first overall pick in the draft.

Teams Looking To Trade Up Or Down - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Adam Schefter discusses which teams he thinks are looking to trade up or move back in the NFL draft.

Around the League

Jumps Off the Tape, Bishop Sankey: Making people miss -
Danny Kelly's "Jumps Off the Tape" series continues with a look at Washington's Bishop Sankey, who possesses the kind of agility and vision that will make NFL teams notice.

Dee Ford's pass rush plan -
The former Auburn star has a plan to sack quarterbacks and it just might land him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

NFL Draft 2014: Canadian Brent Urban banking on versatility -
A 6'7 hockey-player-turned-NFL-draft-prospect, the former Virginia defensive end is used to change.

The NFL doesn't have a Donald Sterling, but these guys are no angels -
It's tough to match the cartoonish supervillainry of everything that Donald Sterling has been accused of doing over the past 30 years of his life, but some NFL owners are at least trying. These are the top 5.

Quotables: Jay Gruden won't shackle RG3, Titus Young case delayed again -
The Redskins' new head coach plans to find the right play mix with the Redskins' franchise quarterback. Elsewhere, an Ex-Lions wide receiver has to wait to stand trial once again.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Nationals 7, Astros 0: Oberholtzer, German for six runs - The Crawfish Boxes
The internet tells me Oberholtzer actually means something along the lines of "upper wood". But, I'm bitter and writing this at 3 o'clock in the morning.

Lin and Howard lead Rockets as they beat Blazers, stave off elimination in game five - The Dream Shake
Two games stand between the Rockets and the second round as they fended off the Blazers and won game five.

Myles Turner Commits To Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
The uber-recruit chose Texas over Kansas and a host of other top tier programs on Wednesday afternoon.

Baron Batch Talks Art, Salsa, the NCAA and Returning to Texas Tech - Viva The Matadors
Former Texas Tech football player Baron Batch talks to Viva The Matadors about art, salsa-making, the NCAA, returning to Lubbock as a former player and what it means to be a Red Raider.

Wednesday Daily Bears Report: Kings, Princes, and Presidents - Our Daily Bears
It's Our Daily Bears Unique Name Appreciation Day as Baylor gets a verbal commitment from one of the best-named basketball players in the class of 2015.

Myles Turner picks the Texas Longhorns over the Kansas Jayhawks, SMU Mustangs, and others - Barking Carnival

Waffle House Mailed Us A Treasure Chest - Good Bull Hunting
It was a tiny box packed with amazing goodies including authentic Waffle House waffle mix.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - How are you going to celebrate the #Rockets' win tonight? #TTTQ

Did you celebrate, and how? Leave it the comments.