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2014 NFL Draft: Texans get A for picking DT Louis Nix at No. 83

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

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NEW YORK -- Louis Nix was one of the most entertaining interviews of the entire NFL combine, saying how sexy he felt to have lost 23 pounds. The Texans must have made him feel even better about himself on Friday, because that's when Houston finally drafted the former Notre Dame defensive tackle, trading up in the third round to grab Nix with the No. 83 overall pick.

After a standout 2012 season with the Fighting Irish, Nix came into 2013 a little heavier, and he struggled to make a big-time impact for much of the season. That, frankly put, was disappointing, though part of his struggles could be blamed on his knee problems.

But those knee issues could be one reason he fell from a potential first-round pick until the middle of the third round.

And as NFLDraftScout.com notes, "Nix has struggled with the pressure and expectations of playing for a high-profile program away from home, but he also flashes a rare skill-set for a player his size and strength. Add the hustle, competitive drive and love of football and Nix presents an enticing prospect for NFL evaluators ... The knee injury does create some concern, but few prospects have his combination of fluid athleticism, natural power and sheer size."

He'll join J.J. Watt and No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney on what should be one of the nastiest defensive lines in football this season.

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