The Houston Texans were supposed to be a Super Bowl contender in 2013. Instead, they lost their last 14 games after a 2-0 start thanks to a litany of injuries and horrible quarterback play. The team traded away the disaster that is Matt Schaub and patched up a shaky situation at the safety position.
Heading into this year’s draft, the Texans actually look pretty solid on both sides of the ball, but need a franchise passer. Let’s break things down as we assess Houston’s main draft needs and what they might do in the draft:
Offensive needs: QB, OL, RB
Do the Texans take a quarterback with the #1 overall pick or do they just take the much-hyped Jadeveon Clowney? They should probably just take Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles, but reports suggest they’re leaning toward Clowney or possibly even Khalil Mack. If that’s the case, the Texans will hope a passer they covet slide to them to start round two. If the elites are gone, they might snag someone like Zach Mettenberger if he’s still around.
Right tackle is shaping up to be a pretty big need, and it could be a spot the Texans look to improve upon early in the draft. Round two could be a good spot if Houston takes a quarterback number one overall. Guard is also a spot they could go after, potentially prompting them to take a versatile o-lineman like David Yankey or Zack Martin. Yankey is the more likely to be available at that point, however.
Ben Tate is gone and Arian Foster is now an injury liability, making running back a pretty big need going forward. Houston did bring on Andre Brown for nice depth, but he’s injury prone, as well. Taking a running back like Charles Sims or Devonta Freeman somewhere between rounds 4-5 could be an option.
Defensive needs: OLB, ILB, CB
The Texans want to move Brooks Reed to the inside, where they think he’s a more natural fit for their 3-4 scheme at this point. They might be right. If they land a stud OLB with the first pick like Clowney or Mack, it makes the move even more logical. With the move inside, Reed leaves a open hole on one outside spot. Clowney and Mack both would fill that need in a big way.
While Reed might kick inside, he’s not sure thing to work out there, while the studly Brian Cushing is constantly getting hurt, despite being an awesome presence in the middle of the field. The Texans should really look to add another inside presence, if only for some depth and insurance. Going after someone like Shayne Skov in the third round could be the right move.
Houston’s main weakness on defense continues to be their secondary. They made enough adjustments in the safety department to possibly hold off on that in this draft, but even that could still be addressed if the right talent free falls to them. Corner is probably where they look to add depth, though. Still, they’re not likely to add a corner any higher than round three.
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