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Report: Texans asking for three first-rounders, second-rounder for No. 1 pick | SI Wire
Teams looking to trade into the draft’s top spot will have to pay a steep price, as Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer is reporting that the Houston Texans are looking for three first-round picks and a second-rounder in return for the No. 1 overall pick.

Texans asked for an RG3-type deal for first overall pick | ProFootballTalk
If the Texans are going to move down from the first overall pick in the draft, they want a huge bounty of picks. Which means they're probably not trading down. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, when a team with a Top 10 pick contacted the Texans to ask what it would take to trade up to No. 1...

Texans don't have to draft Manziel, but simply can't let Cowboys get him -
The Texans don't necessarily have to draft Johnny Manziel, but absolutely can't let the Cowboys get richer by being able selecting Johnny Football.

Johnny Manziel avoiding Houston Texans; more 2014 NFL draft insight - NFL - Don Banks -
While the NFL parlor game called...

Jadeveon Clowney thinks Houston Texans will take him No. 1 in 2014 NFL draft | Audibles -
The Houston Texans are currently the owners of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. That could change of course, as they've reportedly been involved in trade talks, but for now it's the Texans on the clock when the draft officially kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Ex-Texans coach Wade Phillips: Houston should take Johnny Manziel
The top pick in the draft remains a mystery to anyone outside the Houston Texans war room. But how to spend the first overall pick is a no-brainer for former Texans interim coach Wade Phillips. He urged...

John McClain’s final mock draft - Ultimate Texans

Bill O’Brien and the use of NFL analytics - Ultimate Texans
Fans of Houston sports teams may be more aware of advanced sports analytics than some fan bases just because of the high profile uses of them by both the Rockets and Astros.

The moment is finally here for Clowney, top prospects and the Texans - Ultimate Texans
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and outside linebacker Khalil Mack have been targeted as the most likely candidates to be selected first overall by the Texans Thursday night when the NFL begins the three-day draft at Radio City Music Hall.

Houston Texans' Bill O'Brien, Rick Smith are in constant communication - ESPN
When the Houston Texans hired coach Bill O'Brien, one of the points of emphasis for owner Bob McNair was that O'Brien and general manager Rick Smith...

NFL Nation Buzz: Houston Texans - Houston Texans Blog - ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli discusses Ryan Fitzpatrick's role with Houston, including mentoring a young quarterback the team drafts...

Houston Texans' draft needs: Jadeveon Clowney a no-brainer -
The Houston Texans absolutely must nail the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft -- and if they want the best talent available, Daniel Jeremiah says, Jadeveon Clowney is the obvious choice.

Around the League

Chart Party: The Chiefs do not know how to draft quarterbacks -
Welcome to the first installment of Chart Party, a recurring series in which we graph out the funniest, coolest, weirdest, and/or most depressing sports things we can think of. First up: the Kansas City Chiefs, who don't know how to draft QBs.

Board Game QB Camp: Aaron Murray's Connect Four, Scrabble, and Operation challenge -
The Georgia quarterback's mental strength and acuity as an NFL prospect get tested in the most intense and extreme ways -- board game challenges.

On the recruiting trail with [NFL] head coach Pete Carroll -
Pete Carroll was an ace recruiter at USC. He's now the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, which is not a college football team, but he still wants your talented sons to feel like part of his family.

Richard Sherman signs 4-year extension with Seahawks, becomes top-paid CB - Field Gulls
The Seahawks have now locked up the three biggest names on their defense for awhile.

The Notebook: Can Marqise Lee catch on in the NFL? -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White turns his focus to the USC wide receiver.

Why Aaron Murray might be the 2014 Draft's Russell Wilson -
Johnny Manziel has the talent, Zach Mettenberger has the physique, and AJ McCarron has the rings. But if you're looking for an SEC quarterback the NFL might be underrating, we think we've found the guy.

2014 NFL Draft final top 200: Jadeveon Clowney finishes at the top, where he started -
The South Carolina star pass rusher goes wire-to-wire at the top, like some of the great prospects before him. But this year's draft will be defined by the success of the quarterbacks.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: How have the predictions changed over time? -
Things sure have changed since our first mock draft.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

MLB Scores: Tigers 3, Astros 2 - A recap by Twitter - The Crawfish Boxes
Twitter is a wonderful thing. Right now it's bringing together downtrodden Astros fans together in their misery of a 2014 start.

QB coach George Whitfield thinks Jerrod Heard could play in 2014 - Burnt Orange Nation
The renowned quarterback coach shared his thoughts on the 2014 Texas quarterback signee.

2014 NFL Draft: Baylor Bears Projections, Mock Drafts, Updates - Our Daily Bears
With the first night of the ever-lengthening NFL Draft nearly upon us, we look at what those In The Know are saying about Baylor's 2014 NFL Draft crop.

Johnny Manziel discusses the NFL Draft with Aggie Athletics - Good Bull Hunting
Aggie Athletics posted this video interview with Johnny Manziel from New York.

Texas Longhorns Football & The 2014 NFL Draft: Carrington Byndom, Anthony Fera, Mike Davis, Donald Hawkins, Trey Hopkins, Jackson Jeffcoat, Chris Whaley - Barking Carnival
What does the 2014 NFL draft say about the state of the program?

#TTTQ Tweet of the Night

Last night's question from @battleredblog was - PUT YOUR NAME ON IT:  With the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft tomorrow night, the Houston #Texans will select _______ ________. #TTTQ