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2014 NFL re-draft: Houston Texans take Khalil Mack at No. 1


It's been about six months since Houston made Jadeveon Clowney the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. With 10 weeks of the regular season in the books, would the Texans have stuck with their pick if they could do it all over?

Here's a look at how I believe Houston and the rest of the teams in the top 10 might have selected differently in a 2014 re-draft.

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1. Houston Texans

Original pick: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Do-over pick: LB Khalil Mack
Comment: Clowney could still turn out to be a great player, but going off what I've seen so far this year I'm going with Mack at No. 1. He's done a nice job for the Raiders as an edge rusher and has been dominant against the run. He doesn't have the sack totals you're looking for yet, but he's gotten a lot of pressures and quarterback hits.

2. St. Louis Rams

Original pick: OT Greg Robinson
Do-over pick: WR Sammy Watkins
Comment: I considered Robinson, but Watkins gets the nod here. He's been a real gamebreaker for the Bills on the outside. I know the Rams would love to have Watkins, who could really stretch the field and is outstanding after the catch as well.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Original pick: QB Blake Bortles
Do-over pick: QB Derek Carr
Comment: The Jaguars stay with quarterback but take Carr, who has played much better than Bortles this year and has shown he can make all the throws in addition to giving the Jags a little mobility. He's been the best rookie quarterback this season.

4. Cleveland Browns

Original pick: Traded with Buffalo
Do-over pick: WR Kelvin Benjamin
Comment: The Browns are winning a lot of games without getting much from their two first-round picks, Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel, but you can bet they would get something from Benjamin if they take him here. He's a big-time red-zone threat who's already shown as a rookie that he can score.

5. Oakland Raiders

Original pick: LB Khalil Mack
Do-over pick: LB C.J. Mosley
Comment: Mosley is a dominant run defender who is athletic enough to cover backs and tight ends as an inside linebacker. He's been a big-time player for the Ravens, already among the top tacklers in the league, and he would fit in nicely for Oakland here.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Original pick: OT Jake Matthews
Do-over pick: OT Taylor Lewan
Comment: The Falcons stick to addressing their need for an offensive lineman, but Lewan's the pick over Matthews. He's been great for the Titans this season.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Original pick: WR Mike Evans
Do-over pick: OL Zack Martin
Comment: The Bucs wouldn't have to trade for Logan Mankins if they drafted Martin here. Ask Cowboys fans what Martin's meant to their running game. He's been outstanding.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Original pick: LB Anthony Barr
Do-over pick: LB Anthony Barr
Comment: The Vikings got it right here with Barr, who's already shown he can be a difference-maker at linebacker (see his game-winning overtime score against the Bucs).

9. Buffalo Bills

Original pick: Traded with Cleveland
Do-over pick: WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Comment: With Watkins already taken, the Bills take another explosive receiver in Beckham and keep their first-round pick for next year.

10. Detroit Lions

Original pick: TE Eric Ebron
Do-over pick: OL Greg Robinson
Comment: Clowney is still on the board, but I haven't seen anything from him this season. I think the Lions take Robinson, an offensive lineman who's a real people-mover in the run game. We've seen him play guard, now we're seeing him play tackle.

Follow Daniel Jeremiah on Twitter at @MoveTheSticks.



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