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
12/16/15 - MLB Brian Cushing was limping in the locker room Sunday night, but he is expected to play this week against the Colts.
Cushing had his leg examined, and X-rays were negative. Cushing tied cornerback Kareem Jackson for the team lead with nine tackles against the Patriots. He played 61 snaps (91 percent of the defensive plays) and leads the Texans with 96 tackles.
10/19/15 - ILB Brian Cushing led the Texans with a dozen tackles in Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
09/01/15 - ILB Brian Cushing has regained his old speed and flexibility and could be primed for a big year.
11/17/14 - ILB Brian Cushing returned to the lineup after missing two games to rest a sore knee. He led the front seven with six tackles, including a forced fumble. He also drilled quarterback Brian Hoyer two times. Cushing said after the game and again Monday that his knee felt a lot better.
11/12/14 - ILB Brian Cushing and outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney are expected to play against Cleveland. Both have been out with soreness in their knees.
Cushing missed the past two games because of the soreness that had reduced his speed and mobility. Clowney has appeared in one game since returning from arthroscopic knee surgery after the opening victory over Washington.
If Clowney is able to play, he's expected to be used in a fashion similar to the Tennessee game when he came off the bench to rush the passer.
Cornerback Kareem Jackson, a five-year starter, won't play because of a sprained MCL. He'll be replaced by A.J. Bouye, who's usually the first cornerback off the bench.