Feeling a Draft
A full Texas-based recap of the NFL Draft.
Here at Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the NFL Draft is an especially meaningful event. Because of how we’re structured – covering high school football, recruiting, college football and pro football in Texas – the players taken in the Draft are often guys that we’ve been watching for years, who have appeared in our magazine and on our site long before having their name called at Radio City Music Hall.
That’s part of why we watch the Draft with such interest – we cover football in Texas, and as always, Texas has a lot to say about the NFL Draft.
And the 2014 NFL Draft was no different, as there were plenty of Texas connections that were selected to play in the pros – plus, of course, the Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys’ selections.
Without further ado, DCTF’s all-encompassing Texas NFL Draft review.
No. 1, Houston Texans: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
The Texans have said for a while that they want to take the best player available with the No. 1 overall pick, and it’s hard to argue against the menacing Clowney.
No. 6, Atlanta Falcons: OL Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (Fort Bend Elkins HS)
Both the first Texas college player and the first Texas high school product came off the board when Matthews went to the Falcons, following in the footsteps of his father, Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews.
No. 7, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M (Galveston Ball)
It was back-to-back Aggies and back-to-back Texas high schoolers, as the Bucs took the outstanding wide receiver from Galveston by way of College Station.
No. 8, Cleveland Browns: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (Huntsville)
The Browns traded up to get the Huntsville product, who dazzled both defensively and on special teams for Oklahoma State.
No. 16, Dallas Cowboys: OL Zack Martin, Notre Dame
There were rumblings that the Cowboys could take Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel with this pick, but Dallas went with the more conservative pick by nabbing Martin, a sensational lineman with great pedigree.
No. 22, Cleveland Browns: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (Kerrville Tivy)
Johnny Football’s draft slide finally ended when Cleveland traded up again to grab Manziel, making him the face of the franchise and an instant favorite in the CLE.
No. 25, San Diego Chargers: CB Jason Verrett, TCU
DCTF’s pick for the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 went to the SuperChargers, where it’s easy to see him following in the footsteps of Quentin Jammer.
No. 33, Houston Texans: OL Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
While many speculated that the Texans would use this pick on a quarterback, they instead went with Su’a-Filo, who shined on the Bruins’ offensive line.
No. 34, Dallas Cowboys: DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
The Cowboys needed someone up font defensively to help replace DeMarcus Ware, and they think they found him in Lawrence, who was equal parts sensational and troubled at Boise State.
No. 36, Oakland Raiders: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State (Fort Bend Clements)
You may not remember, but Carr started at Clements before transferring to California for his senior year. He dazzled at Fresno State, and now he won’t go far for his pro career, shifting just south to Oakland.
No. 43, New York Giants: OL Weston Richburg, Colorado State (Bushland)
The big boy from Bushland was the next up on the Texas high school football parade, heading to the Cowboys’ division rival.
No. 49, New York Jets: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (San Antonio MacArthur)
After a breakout junior season with the Red Raiders, the MacArthur product went in the second round to the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets.
No. 65, Houston Texans: TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
And still, the Texans waited to take a quarterback, instead picking Fiedorowicz, who logged at least one catch in 31 consecutive games at Iowa.
No. 69, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Charles Sims, West Virginia (Hou. Westbury)
A man with more than one Texas connection, Sims played for three years at Houston after shining at Westbury, then transferred to West Virginia for his final year of eligibility. Now, he’s heading to Florida.
No. 76, Detroit Lions: OL Travis Swanson, Arkansas (Kingwood)
A stalwart on the Arkansas offensive line for years, the Kingwood product is heading to Detroit to help protect fellow Texas high school product QB Matt Stafford.
No. 83, Houston Texans: NT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
More Domers heading to the Lone Star State, as the Texans beef up their defensive front with the talented Nix.
No. 86, Philadelphia Eagles: WR Josh Huff, Oregon (Aldine Nimitz)
A superstar at Nimitz, Huff went on to a strong career at Oregon, and now he’ll be reunited with his old coach Chip Kelly in Philadelphia.
No. 87, Kansas City Chiefs: CB Phillip Gaines, Rice (Converse Judson)
A member of DCTF’s All-Texas College Team, Gaines was sensational for the Owls after a terrific career at Judson.
No. 99, Baltimore Ravens: TE Crockett Gilmore, Colorado State (Bushland)
If you had Bushland in your pool for “Which Texas high school will have two players selected in the top 100 picks”, come collect your winnings.
No. 119, Dallas Cowboys: OLB Anthony Hitchens, Iowa
No. 122, Tennessee Titans: DB Marqueston Huff, Wyoming (Texarkana Liberty-Eylau)
No. 135, Houston Texans: QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
No. 140, New England Patriots: OL Cameron Fleming, Stanford (Cy Creek)
No. 142, Washington Redskins: WR Ryan Grant, Tulane (Beaumont West Brook)
No. 146, Dallas Cowboys: WR Devin Street, Pittsburgh
No. 153, Buffalo Bills: OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor (North Crowley)
No. 177, Houston Texans: DE Jeoffrey Pagan, Alabama
No. 180, San Francisco 49ers: CB Kenneth Acker, SMU
No. 181, Houston Texans: RB Alfred Blue, LSU
No. 186, Washington Redskins: RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor (Temple)
No. 197, Green Bay Packers: CB Demetri Goodson, Baylor (Klein Collins)
No. 201, San Diego Chargers: RB Marion Grice, Arizona State (Aldine Nimitz)
No. 210, New York Jets: DE I.K. Enemkpali, Louisiana Tech (Pflugerville)
No. 211, Houston Texans: FB Jay Prosch, Auburn
No. 214, St. Louis Rams: QB Garrett Gilbert, SMU (Lake Travis)
No. 216, Houston Texans: CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt
No. 231, Dallas Cowboys: DE Ben Gardner, Stanford
No. 238, Dallas Cowboys: LB Will Smith, Texas Tech
No. 240, San Diego Chargers: WR Tevin Reese, Baylor (Temple)
No. 242, Denver Broncos: LB Corey Nelson, Oklahoma (Dallas Skyline)
No. 248, Dallas Cowboys: DB Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (Hewitt Midway)
No. 249, St. Louis Rams: DE Michael Sam, Missouri (Hitchcock)
No. 251, Dallas Cowboys: DT Ken Bishop, Northern Illinois
No 254, Dallas Cowboys: CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
No. 256, Houston Texans: DB Lonnie Ballentine, Memphis
Greg Tepper is the managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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