Texans Draft Stock Watch: 8 Players Rising and Falling Down Houston's Board

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Texans Draft Stock Watch: 8 Players Rising and Falling Down Houston's Board
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Fans of the Houston Texans must wonder what the draft board of their favorite team looks like at this juncture of the NFL offseason.

Are the top three quarterbacks listed in order of preference, or are Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel simply lined up side-by-side? Does Jadeveon Clowney sit above all the others, indicative of his supposed stature as a once-in-a-generation talent? Or are those four names set off by themselves so that Bill O’Brien and Rick Smith can work out the right combination of other players that would make trading out of the top overall pick worthwhile?

The only certainty is that everyone is uncertain about what the Texans will do when the first round of the NFL draft commences on May 8. Manziel’s pro day took place on March 27, and will have considerable influence on his popularity among draft watchers. Of course, the whole shebang is little more than a popularity contest until Roger Goodell starts announcing the actual selections from the stage of Radio City Music Hall.

Truly determining which players are rising or falling amounts to separating the man-love, gossip and useless statistics of self-appointed draft experts from the relevant information and opinions of the people who will ultimately make the decisions. But coaches, general managers and scouts would lose their strategic advantage and their jobs if they told the public what was really on their minds.

So it all boils down to guessing whose gossip is most believable. This often comes down to a matter of taste, similar to how someone likes their steak cooked. This listing of prospects is not rare but is hopefully well-done, and should offer a taste of what may be on the Texans’ plate at this stage of the process.

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