Post-Draft Outlook:BEST PICK: The Texans like OLB Brian Cushing because he was a four-year starter at Southern California who became a team leader and plays with the kind of intensity and energy they want on defense. He'll play on the strong side. He's tough against the run but fast enough to learn to cover. A closer look at the Texans' picks: Round 1/15 -- Brian Cushing, OLB, 6-3, 243, Southern Cal...The Texans liked the USC linebackers -- Cushing and Clay Matthews -- and when the 15th pick arrived, both were still available. Cushing was the target of defensive coordinator Frank Bush since the college season ended. Bush says Cushing will compete with Zac Diles for the starting job on the strong side. He has the versatility to line up even on the edge and rush. The Texans love his athleticism and work ethic, and he is expected to make an instant impact. - by The Sports Xchange
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Draft Scout Brian Cushing News
10/08/14 - ILB Brian Cushing, who hasn't practiced because of a knee injury, is expected to play against the Colts. In five games against the Colts, he has 47 tackles.
10/06/14 - ILB Brian Cushing recorded the Texans' only sack against Dallas.
09/29/14 - ILB Brian Cushing recorded a team-high nine tackles against Buffalo. He had 17 a week ago. He leads the defense with 37 tackles. Slowly but surely, Cushing is getting back to Pro Bowl form after undergoing season-ending surgery in each of the last two seasons.
09/22/14 - ILB Brian Cushing tied a team record by participating in 17 tackles. Unfortunately, too many of them were in the Texans' secondary.
09/11/14 - ILB Brian Cushing is still rusty after so much inactivity. He played two series in preseason. He had five tackles against the Redskins, including one hit on the quarterback. As he continues to get healthy, his performance should improve.