Houston Texans make 2nd and 3rd round picks in NFL Draft
by ELWYN HENDERSON
May 10, 2014 | 1059 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Houston Texans continue to try to shore up holes on both sides of the ball in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday. With the first pick of the 2nd round Houston selected XAVIER FILOITUMUA SU'A-FILO, a 6’ 4”, 307-pound offensive guard/tackle from UCLA.

On a conference call with Texans media after being selected he was asked his thoughts. “I was so emotional. I don’t even know what happened. It happened quick, fast. I had so many people around that love me and I can’t tell you how excited I am and how much I am looking forward to getting down there and working hard. I’m not sure what they have in mind for me there. I can play either. Like I said, I just want to get in there and I want to compete and contribute and help this team as best I can. It all starts up front and I want to get the o-line going.”

Houston continued on improving the offensive side of the ball with the first pick in Round 3, taking Iowa Tight End Colton John “C. J.” Fiedorowicz.

During his press conference call, he was asked about his impressions about Texans Coach Bill O’Brien and if the coach talked to him about how he had used tight ends in the past. “I watched him at Penn State. I saw him coach a lot of great tight ends and he’s a cool guy. You can talk to him. You come up and can approach him whenever you want. He’s a guy you can really learn from and I can’t wait to work for him. I don’t know what else to say but he’s an awesome guy and I’ve watched him over the years and I respect him a lot. He didn’t talk to me personally about tight ends but I watched Penn State and they had a lot of three tight end sets. He was with New England before that as the offensive coordinator and they really utilized the tight end and I feel like I’m going to really show and prove to everybody that I’m a dual threat. I’m going to catch the ball and block on the edge and do everything he asks.”

With a second acquired pick in the 3rd round, the team went back to defense again, selecting 6’ 2”, 331-pound Notre Dame Nose Tackle Louis Nix, III.

Nix was asked on his conference call what his best attribute as a player is. “Coming from Notre Dame, we’re a stop the run first team, so I have been taught to stop the run and do my best, not give up any inches, so I think that’s my best attribute. At the same time, coming into this, I’m next to J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. I want to be a pass rusher too. This is a part of my game that I want to upgrade most. I want to not be limited to two downs like everybody says because I know I can do more than that and I can’t wait prove everybody wrong.”

Following the conclusion of the 3rd round on Friday night, Head Coach Bill O’Brien and General Manager and VP of Football Operations Rick Smith met with the media to give their assessment of their picks through round 3.

O’Brien was asked his thoughts about the versatility of the defense now with the new additions defensively. “Again, versatility is a key word in this process led by Rick (Smith). This is something, in every position, that we look for in all of our players. Defensively, there’s no question that we feel like in these first two nights of the draft that we’ve come out with versatile players and same thing on offense. We’re both, not to speak for Rick; we’re very excited about the new additions to our organization.”

Smith was asked how he felt the Draft was going for the team so far. “Big picture, it’s going well. It really is. I know that there’s an obvious need we haven’t addressed yet, but really, when you look at the players that we’ve added to our football team and where we’ve gotten them, we feel like we’ve really gotten some really good players, number one. We’ve gotten bigger, we’ve gotten stronger, we’ve gotten tougher, and we’ve added versatility as we just talked about. We’ve gotten good value, which is something that’s very important to us as you know.”

He was also asked if the results were what he had envisioned heading into the Draft. “It is. It is from a standpoint that we made a move here to go back into the third round to pick up a big nose tackle who is a really good scheme fit for us in the defense that we’re going to play and we had him rated high, so for us to have an opportunity to do that and go back and get him; you put him with JD (Jadeveon Clowney) and on the offensive side we were able to get one of the most versatile players in the draft, in our opinion, just a tough player from UCLA, Xavier (Su'a-Filo), his versatility from a standpoint that I watched this guy this year play left guard, right guard, left tackle. This guy played all over the place. To add him, that’s a significant amount of value in our opinion and in the tight end (C.J. Fiedorowicz). We want to be a physical team that runs the football and you’ve got to be able to do that. We talked yesterday about our confidence in JD being able to set the edge in the run game, and that’s something that he was going to have to do and we feel confident that he can do it. Conversely, when you talk about offensive football, you need to be able to block the edge if you’re going to run the ball effectively and we feel like this young man has the chance to help us to do that.”

The 2014 NFL Draft concludes today (Saturday, the 10th) with Rounds 3-7. We will have a final overview of the Texans final day pics online tomorrow.
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