In the 4th round on Saturday, the Texans selected 6’ 4”, 228 pound quarterback from Pittsburgh, Tom Savage. He is a question mark, but does bring some positive things to the table. He also spent time at Rutgers and Arizona, and was actually out of football for 1024 days before walking on at Pitt last fall.
In Round 6, Houston selected 6’ 2”, 223 pound Running Back Alfred Blue from LSU. Additionally, they selected 6’ 3”, 310 pound Defensive End Jeoffrey Pagan out of Alabama and 6’ 1”, 256 pound Fullback Jay Prosch from Auburn.
In the 7th and final round, the Texans selected 5’ 10”, 188 pound Cornerback Andre Hal from Vanderbilt, and they also had the final pick of the Draft and selected 6’ 3”, 215 pound Safety Lonnie Ballentine from Memphis, or Mr. Irrelevant, as the final pick of each year’s NFL Draft is known.
In a press conference with Houston media, Ballentine was asked his thoughts about being Mr. Irrelevant. “I’m really excited. It’s a dream come true. As far as Mr. Irrelevant, I don’t know what it means. I just don’t know. I know it’s the last pick of the draft. I would rather be drafted. Mr. Irrelevant is fine with me. Just being drafted to the NFL is a dream come true. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do my whole life. It’s another opportunity to show people you are relevant, you know.”
After the conclusion of the Draft Saturday night GM Rick Smith and Head Coach Bill O’Brien faced the Houston media one final time to give their overall thoughts of the 2014 Houston Draft Class.
Smith was asked what he thought stood out about the class. “Well, I’ve got a sign in my office that says, and it’s been there for eight years, ‘We’re looking for tough, smart, physical players with high character that are competitive and passionate about football.’ What we did is we selected guys over these last three days that fit that criteria. We got bigger. We got tougher. We got bigger. That was something that was an emphasis for us and I look at this group and I’m anxious to watch them get out on the practice field and get indoctrinated into our system and start to work.”
O’Brien was asked if the players the team drafted fit what he envisions for the Texans team. “Well again, I have to tell you, these are our kind of players. These are our kind of players. They’re not my kind of players. They’re not his kind of players. They’re Houston Texan type of players. We talk about that a lot in the draft process. Is this guy at this position a Houston Texan type of player? Those are the things that Rick and I talk about all the time. He’s sick of me. He’s ready for me to go coach minicamps and he can go back to getting ready for the ‘15 draft and all those things, because we have multiple conversations throughout the day. He’s the guy that that at 11 o’clock at night you can shoot him a text or six in the morning, ‘Hey I was thinking about this’ or ‘I was thinking about that.’ Again, I think time will tell, obviously, but when you look at this draft, it was all of us, Rick and his crew, coaching staff, everybody coming together and trying to draft players that are really good fits for the Houston Texans.”
With all the problems Houston encountered last year, especially on defense, this Draft was not a fix-all draft, but it does appear the new acquisitions will be good enough to get the Texans back to a competitive team again in 2014. That would be a MAJOR improvement over last year’s pathetic 2-14 team that was projected at the beginning of the year to be a Super Bowl contender. Let’s hope that 2014 will be as surprising in a positive way for Houston fans as 2013 was disappointing!