The Texans got their big man on Thursday night, taking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft. On Friday, the team started filling out its roster with a busy day that saw three new Texans drafted. First, they selected offensive guard Xavier Su'A Filo from UCLA with the first pick in the second round. Houston then took tight end C.J. Feidorowicz from Iowa with the first pick in the third round. Finally, the Texans traded with the Philadelphia Eagles to get a second third round pick, which they used to take massive defensive tackle Louis Nix III from Notre Dame.
Head Coach Bill O'Brien and GM Rick Smith both touted one theme when discussing the day two selections--versatility. "Defensively, there's no question that these first two nights in the draft, we feel like we've come out with versatile players, and the same on offense," said O'Brien. "So we're very excited about the new additions to our organization." Those additions include Su'A Filo, a second team All-American last season who started 40 games in his college career, and played both guard and tackle. Feidorowicz is a big-bodied tight end who is an adept pass-catcher, but also a strong blocker for the running game. And Nix is a wide-bodied defensive presence who could team with Clowney and J.J.Watt to give the Texans one of the best defensive lines in the league.
Smith echoed O'Brien's thoughts about the new players. He said the team had a plan going in to the draft and is pleased with how it has turned out so far. "When you look at the players we've added to our football team...we feel like we've gotten some really good players...we've gotten bigger, we've gotten stronger, we've gotten tougher, and we've added versatility," said Smith.