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Houston Texans News: May 7, 2014

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Houston Texans News

Texans, Rams really want to trade down | ProFootballTalk
The Texans and the Rams hold the first two picks in the draft.  And there's a growing sense that both teams really want to trade down. The thinking in some league circles is that the Texans would like to trade down and take linebacker Khalil Mack.

Texans begin new-look mini-camp without Andre Johnson - Ultimate Texans
The Texans were a very different looking team in their first voluntary mini-camp practice Tuesday morning.

Texans Need a QB but Could Pick Clowney First - ABC News
Texans Need a QB but could pick Clowney first.

Ryan Fitzpatrick brings mental approach, and a beard, to Texans - Ultimate Texans
There’s a new beard in town.

Bill O’Brien brings up-tempo approach to Texans practice - Ultimate Texans
Bill O’Brien liked what he saw during the workout, although he added that he’d expected to see good things based on previous less-structured sessions. The Texans’ offseason program began April 7.

Top pick puts Texans at core of Big Apple spotlight - Houston Chronicle
The draft is two weeks later than usual because Radio City Music Hall, which construction workers are preparing for the NFL's extravaganza, booked an event that ended up cancelling.

Houston Texans No. 1 pick in 2014 NFL draft: What will team do? | Audibles -
Rarely has an NFL draft held as much mystery as the 2014 version does with less than a week to go. Nothing seems to be set in stone at the moment, from where the quarterbacks will fall to which teams will trade up to how the Texans handle the No. 1 spot.

Veteran Minicamp Day 1 Wrap-up
While most were familiar faces that returned, the Texans voluntary veteran minicamp already felt different under head coach Bill O’Brien.

Countdown to NFL draft: With 2 days left, a mock trade for Texans - ESPN
We at NFL Nation celebrated the home stretch of the lead-up to the NFL draft with a mock version, with 32 reporters taking the place of 32 general managers...

Texans Talk Top Pick - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Texans head coach Bill O'Brien discusses being part of the NFL draft process in anticipation for Thursday's draft.

RTC: Scenarios for the Texans' draft choice - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN
Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans... It's still a little unclear what the Texans will do exactly with that first pick, but's Chris Burke...

Around the League

Trey Wolfe is ready: A long and complicated journey to NFL Draft obscurity -
Trey Wolfe's long and complicated journey to NFL Draft obscurity.

2014 NFL Draft: Jason Verrett talks draft prep, toughest wide receivers, Gary Patterson -
TCU CB Jason Verrett opens up about the challenges of training for the NFL Draft, how he'll celebrate being picked, and the receivers that have given him the most trouble.

NFL rumors: Raiders to get pressure from owner to select Derek Carr? -
The Oakland Raiders may be pressured by owner Mark Davis to select quarterback Derek Carr, and other prominent rumors from Tuesday in the NFL.

Is Bridgewater really *that* skinny? Comparing 39 NFL QBs' college BMIs -
Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is never going to have Cam Newton's physique, but he's far from the petite prospect you think he is.

Seantrel Henderson demonstrates the need for more stringent drug testing -
The NFL should share drug test results with law enforcement so that players can be punished by the same laws that face you or me.

10 underrated players college football fans would draft in 2014 -
Every year, familiar standouts from across college football go underappreciated by NFL front offices, while Combine studs and relative no-names spring up the draft boards.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 4, Tigers 11: The Disaster at Detroit - The Crawfish Boxes
General Porter and his army lay siege to Baron Ausman's fortress, and find only a ready defense and terrible loss.

The Snows of May - A Lengthy Rocket Retrospective - The Dream Shake
The Rockets season has melted away like the snows of May. What remains is mud and recriminations.

May/Spring/Recruiting Mailbag! - Our Daily Bears
Did you know it's been 11 months since the first OurDailyMailbag? Yeah. And nearly 4 months since the last one.

Red Raider Gridiron | Webb Discusses Kingsbury; Dilfer on Stidham; Amaro Ready for Draft - Viva The Matadors
QB Davis Webb and Kliff Kingsbury discuss 2013. Trent Dilfer praises Texas Tech QB Jarrett Stidham. Jace Amaro is ready for the NFL Draft.

GBH 2014 NFL Draft Preview: Mike Evans - Good Bull Hunting
The NFL Draft is only days away (finally) and we have our final previews of three Aggies sure to go in the first 10 draft picks. Today, we highlight former Texas A&M WR Mike Evans.

Why We All Love Durant: Kevin Durant's 2014 MVP Acceptance Speech - Barking Carnival
Durant makes an individual achievement award a meditation on camaraderie and family.

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - Who would be a better pick for the #Texans-- Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack?  Why? #TTTQ