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Houston Texans News: April 17, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, April 17, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

TBT: DeAndre Hopkins at the NFL Combine
This week's TBT features the NFL Combine highlights of the Texans 2013 first-round draft pick, DeAndre Hopkins.

Running backs key, but NFL teams seldom use high picks on one - Houston Chronicle
Since Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch came out in 2007, there have been only six running backs drafted in the top half of the first round and none has been the No. 1 overall pick since Ki-Jana Carter struggled as a Cincinnati Bengal two decades ago.

J.J. Watt is on Vikings Rookie's Bucket List - Houston - Scout
The Polish born, rookie offensive tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi of the Minnesota Vikings will not be happy until he handles business with J.J. Watt.

NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper plays GM in his latest mock -
In the his most recent mock draft, Kiper expands his picks to the first three rounds for all 32 teams.

Ryans: Achilles recovery 'going great,' better than 1st time | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans is making a speedy recovery from the torn Achilles he suffered midway through last season.

2015 NFL mock draft: Texans select Randy Gregory - Pride Of Detroit
The Houston Texans take Randy Gregory with the 16th pick of the 2015 POD Community Mock Draft.

Emmett sheds light on his Dome proposal - Houston Chronicle
In 2008, Ed "Hunker Down" Emmett gained a lot of local admiration and national reputation for his calmness in the eye of the storm.

Around the League

Johnny Manziel wants to regain your 'trust and respect' -
The Browns quarterback wants to regain "everyone's trust and respect" by getting back to work and focusing on football.

The 2015 NFL Draft's 5 safest players -
There are a few players in the draft that you can absolutely bank on being solid, at the very worst. There is value in certainty and players like Indiana's Tevin Coleman have it.

Would you rather draft Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon? -
The 2015 NFL Draft features two very good running backs, probable first-round picks. But which one has the edge?

The problem with DeVante Parker -
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White likes what the Louisville receiver can do on the field, but has real concerns if he can do it consistently.

Rise 'n Grind: What's next for Adrian Peterson? -
He's back, but how long will Peterson be a Viking? Today's NFL news is heavy on superstar drama.

The worst kind of draft pick -
Why are teams like the Browns, Jaguars, Jets and Rams so bad so consistently? It starts in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros breakout candidate: Brett Oberholtzer - The Crawfish Boxes
CRPerry13 predicts Brett Oberholtzer to be the Astros next pitching breakout candidate, a-la Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh in 2014.

Rockets vs. Mavericks: NBA playoff schedule, TV info and more - The Dream Shake
The Rockets are continuing their season into the first round of the NBA Playoffs with a date from the boys up north, the Dallas Mavericks.

Former walk on Dylan Haines stepping into leadership role for Texas - Burnt Orange Nation
The unusual journey for the Longhorns legacy has culminated in a key role defensively.

Film Room Friday - Texas Tech vs WVU, A Shootout For The Ages - Viva The Matadors
Breaking down a game where we were oh so close to a victory.

TCU basketball officially signs Malique Trent, Lyrik Shreiner - Frogs O' War
TCU's class of 2015 officially grew by two, on Thursday.

Friday Daily Bears Report - Our Daily Bears
National championship, please.

Daily Bull 4.17.15 - Good Bull Hunting
SAW EM OFF, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE. Happy Friday. Put your baseball-watching rain boots on and poncho up. Arkansas is comin' to town this weekend. The forecast looks a little dicey.

Vance Bedford Spring Football Press Conference 4.16.15 - Barking Carnival
Always fun.

USMNT vs. Mexico: Final score 2-0, Dos a Cero again - Stars and Stripes FC
Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo fired the U.S. to another 2-0 win over their rivals.

Dynamo at United: A Goalkeeper Showdown in DC - Dynamo Theory
Two of the league's best keepers will fight to keep their team from leaking goals on Saturday night.