The Texans aren't as bad a football team as last year's record indicates, but just because there weren't as many holes to fill as one might expect on a 2-14 team doesn't mean there wasn't work to be done.
In that respect, these picks all deserve a round of applause from Texans fans:
Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB, South Carolina: Round 1, Pick 1 (1)
Say what you will about his motor, his work ethic, his disappointing junior season or the potential pitfalls that could arise with moving Jadeveon Clowney from end to outside linebacker in the Texans' 3-4 front.
However, Clowney is also one of the most athletically gifted pass-rushers to come along in the last decade, a young man who was the consensus pick as this year's No. 1 overall prospect.
You can teach a guy to improve his hand and footwork. You can work in practice on getting him better in coverage.
You can't teach this.
Now imagine that playing across from J.J. Watt.
AFC South quarterbacks are. You can hear them weeping.
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: Round 2, Pick 1 (33)
Offensive guards are the Rodney Dangerfields of the NFL. Their work in the trenches goes unnoticed and underappreciated, but a strong interior line is vital to a successful run game.
There hasn't been a team in the NFL that's run the ball more the past few years than the Texans, so Houston chose to bolster the beefeaters in the second round with the addition of this year's top guard prospect.
It may not be a "sexy" pick, but by pairing the 6'4", 307-pounder with Clowney, the Texans have added a pair of players regarded in most circles as the No. 1 prospect at their respective positions.
Hard to argue with that.
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: Round 3, Pick 19 (83)
On some level, we'd like to criticize this pick. By the middle of the third round, the offensive elephant was still very much in Houston's draft room, but rather than acknowledge it, the Texans instead dealt fourth- and fifth-round picks to trade up and acquire a defensive one.
However, what a value.
Mammoth defensive tackle Louis Nix was a first-round prospect on some draft boards. His Day 2 drop was a hot topic of conversation during the NFL Network's televised draft coverage.
Add in that the 331-pounder is a fantastic scheme fit in Romeo Crennel's 3-4 front, and the lane-clogger was just too good for the Texans to pass up.
Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama: Round 6, Pick 1 (177)
The Texans are set at one defensive end spot (ever so slightly), but the departure of Antonio Smith in free agency opened a hole opposite J.J. Watt.
The Texans filled it with a player Rob Rang of CBS Sports said is "built like a Coke machine."
Alabama defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan won't offer the Texans much in the pass rush, but the 310-pounder is a stout run defender who can help in the base defense.
Pagan's a solid depth addition late.
Alfred Blue, RB, LSU: Round 6, Pick 5 (181)
Given Arian Foster's injury history and the wear on his tires, depth at running back is important to the Houston Texans, as evidenced by last year's injury-filled disaster at the position.
Ben Tate's departure for a big payday to Cleveland in free agency made adding another back in this year's draft important, even though the Texans brought in Andre Brown.
Alfred Blue didn't see much action behind Jeremy Hill last year at LSU, but the 6'2", 223-pounder has impressive power between the tackles and surprising speed for a larger back.
The need alone would make this an OK pick, but Blue's upside makes it a very good one.
Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn: Round 6, Pick 35 (211) [Compensatory]
Fullbacks have become the dodo birds of the NFL. Every year there are fewer and fewer, and eventually we may reach a point where the position fades away altogether.
However, there are some teams who still rely on a lead blocker to help open holes for the tailback, including the Houston Texans.
Given that, it made plenty of sense for the Texans to add the 254-pound Prosch, who was the top-rated fullback on Rob Rang's board at CBS Sports.
Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt: Round 7, Pick 1 (216)
Sure, NFL teams occasionally find a diamond in the rough in the draft's final round, but more often than not the best you can hope for from a seventh-round pick is a solid reserve and special teams contributor.
Vanderbilt cornerback Andre Hal, whom the Texans drafted with the first of their two seventh-round picks, is a good bet to help the team in both regards.
As Dane Brugler of CBS Sports wrote of the 5'10", 188-pounder, "Hal lacks the physical traits to be a consistent NFL starter, but his tough, confident approach to the game should keep him on a roster and allow him to help in dime situations."