Texans pick Xavier Su'a-Filo in 2nd

May, 9, 2014
HOUSTON -- The pick: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

My take: The Texans selected Su'a-Filo 33rd overall after taking Jadeveon Clowney first overall. Houston's need at quarterback is clear, but they needed a guard as well after declining to re-sign Wade Smith. Smith was the Texans' starting left guard for several seasons before leaving. The Texans' offensive line is going through a transition phase at certain positions, while left tackle (Duane Brown), center (Chris Myers) and right guard (Brandon Brooks) are set.

Good value: Su'a-Filo is big and athletic, and some thought he would go in the first round. The Texans got the highest-rated guard in the draft and one who can play tackle in a pinch, having played both guard and tackle in college.

What’s next: The Texans still need a quarterback. Coach Bill O'Brien said earlier Friday he was comfortable getting one at any point in the draft. They have four to six remaining on their board.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter



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