Reading the coverage of the Houston Texans ...
Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing hosted a youth football camp in Pearland this weekend. It's important to him to stay involved in the community, writes Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle. Cushing also said he isn't sure of his status for OTAs, as he recovers from a knee injury suffered in October. Here's more from CSNHouston.com on Cushing's injury update.
Here's a fascinating look at what draft positions have been the most valuable through the years. Will Brinson of CBSSports.com sorts them by career average values since 2002 and also career average values in the past five years. The 24th pick has been one of the most valuable over the 14-year span, which is where Texans corner Johnathan Joseph was taken. Apparently teams have been hitting on incredible players with the 24th pick in the past decade-plus. "The biggest outlier is the Packers taking Aaron Rodgers (88 CarAV). But the Ravens got Ed Reed (107), the Rams got Steven Jackson (70), the Colts got Dallas Clark (51), the Titans got Chris Johnson (63), the Bengals got Johnathan Joseph (49), the Cowboys got Dez Bryant (36) and the Saints got Cameron Jordan (26)."
Jarrett Bell of USA Today dares the Texans to select Johnny Manziel to open the 2014 draft. He writes: "Lord knows, the Texans need some Johnny Football. The NFL is a passing league now, which is a reason Bill O'Brien is the new coach, and Manziel can sure sling it. He's the most exciting quarterback in the draft, a rock star with the added value of making Bob McNair's easy-to-ignore franchise matter on the national scene like it never has."
Kara Cook of HoustonTexans.com surveys 35 mock drafts, updating them with their latest picks for the Texans. Eighty percent of them have the Texans selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick.