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Houston Texans News: April 9, 2015

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Thursday, April 9, 2015.

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Houston Texans News

NFL draft needs for Colts, Texans, Jaguars and Titans - The Washington Post
Will the Titans take Marcus Mariota second overall? With the Jaguars go with a pass rusher with the No. 3 pick?

Around sports: Cowboys release former top Texans pick Okoye - Houston Chronicle
The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who was drafted by the Texans as a teenager and hasn't played since 2012 as he attempts to come back from a brain condition.

Texans Have Pre-Draft Meeting with Todd Gurley - Houston - Scout
Former Georgia runningback Todd Gurley has a pre-draft meeting with the Houston Texans.

Houston Texans Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Chris Conley | Bleacher Report
The Houston Texans find themselves facing the 2015 NFL draft in an entirely different position than last year. The overwhelming choice for the first overall selection in 2014 was Jadeveon Clowney. The debate was about his potential for greatness—not whether another prospect was worthy of supplanting Clowney.

TEXANS: Arian Foster to hold youth football camp - Your Houston News: Atascocita Sports
Houston, TX– Houston Star Running Back Arian Foster has announced the dates and location of his youth football camp.

Nate Washington Thinks Texans Can Be Contenders - Toro Times - A Houston Texans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Newly acquired wide receiver Nate Washington recently went on Texans Radio and opened up about a few things in regards to his new team. One thing he mentioned was how he believed the Texans are a team that is close to being a strong contender.

Around the League

The top 300 players in the 2015 NFL Draft -
This year's draft doesn't feature a singularly elite player, but Southern California's Leonard Williams is close to it. Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota aren't far behind.

Finding a fit for Cameron Erving in the NFL -
The FSU offensive lineman has experience at all five positions up front, but retired NFL defensive end Stephen White sees a player who'll be more limited at the next level.

Find the perfect quarterback for your NFL team -
Danny Kelly catches the wind from the rumor mill and puts a handful of quarterbacks right where they belong. Plus, a handy flow chart for determining which QB is the right fit for your team.

The Onside Kick Family Hour: SB Nation's NFL podcast tackles the pass rushers and male weight gain -
This week, Stephen White and Danny Kelly discuss the pass rushers in the NFL Draft, how to gain weight, USC defensive tackle Leonard Williams and much more.

Le'Veon Bell suspended 3 games for marijuana arrest -
The Steelers will start the season without their top running back.

2015 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper hints at potential trades in his latest projection -
The latest mock draft from Mel Kiper has the distinct scent of intrigue (which would be an awesome name for a cologne from America's best-dressed draft analyst).

Rise 'n Grind: Appreciating NFL Draft rankings -
Mayock's rankings are out. They're confusing. We've got that and all kinds of draft talk and NFL #content for you to digest.

Houston & Collegiate Sports

Astros 0, Indians 2: Bats stay quiet as Feldman starts the season strong - The Crawfish Boxes
Oh no! We suck again!

Spurs blow by Rockets, 110-98 - The Dream Shake
The Beard vs. The Klaw? Who is the Klaw? Oh...that guy.

Flowers: Texas OL "10 times better" than in 2014 - Burnt Orange Nation
The only way to go was up.

Texas Tech Recruiting Roundup, 4/9 - Viva The Matadors
Last week I took a look at some stand-out recruits who were 4 & 5-star prospects. This week I take a look at some guys who aren't getting as much attention but could very well be steals for Texas Tech's 2016 class.

Midweek Musings: How I Became a TCU Fan - Frogs O' War
It has been fun reading how all of you became TCU fans, and now it's time for me to tell my story.

Baseball Seeks Wins in Lubbock - Our Daily Bears
Baseball had a rough weekend last week, but they're headed to Lubbock this weekend in hopes of snagging some wins.

Daily Bull 4.9.15 - Good Bull Hunting
The Daily Bull checks in on some old rivals.

Getting to know Shaka Smart - Barking Carnival
The Burnt Orange media machine is working overtime.

Houston Dash open 2015 season against Washington Spirit - Dynamo Theory
The Dash will kick off their second season at home against Washington Spirit.