The Houston Texans completed the NFL draft by picking up a series of role players… and Mr. Irrelevant.
The big news was made in the fourth round when they took quarterback Tom Savage from the University of Pittsburgh. The 6’5”, 229-pounder also played at Rutgers and the University of Arizona.
Analysts say he’s a good fit for the Texans, with good size for an NFL quarterback and excellent arm strength. He is also seen as intelligent with a good work ethic. But the experts say he took a beating at Pitt behind a weak offensive line and is not considered a mobile player.
The Texans drafted a trio of SEC players in the sixth round:
They selected Alabama defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan with the first pick in the round (177). Four picks later they acquired LSU running back Alfred Blue. Later in the round they selected Auburn fullback Jay Prosch; both backs are also seen as strong receivers.
In the seventh round the team picked up a pair of defensive backs, Vanderbilt’s Andre Hall, and Memphis safety Lonnie Ballentine – popularly known as Mr. Irrelevent – the title that goes to the last player selected in the NFL Draft.
Earlier in the NFL draft:
The Texans of course picked Jadeveon Clowney with the number-one overall pick in the first round on Thursday. The South Carolina defensive end is expected to have an immediate impact when he joins the likes of JJ Watt, Brian Cushing and Brooks Reed.
The team acquired UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo with the first pick in the second round. The 6’4”, 307-pound rookie will help shore up a weakness on the offensive line.
In the third round, the Texans selected Iowa tight end CJ Fiedorowicz, who will ease the loss of Owen Daniels to free agency.