HOUSTON TEXANS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK
WR, G, TE, DT,
FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
RB David Johnson (horrible trade), WR Randall Cobb, WR Brandin Cooks (trade), K Ka’imi Fairbairn (re-signed), TE Darren Fells (re-signed), CB Phillip Gaines, CB Vernon Hargreaves III, DT Timmy Jernigan, QB AJ McCarron (re-signed), S Eric Murray, OT Brett Qvale, CB Bradley Roby, CB Jaylen Watkins
FREE AGENT LOSSES:
WR DeAndre Hopkins (horrible trade), RB Carlos Hyde, RB Lamar Miller, DT D.J. Reader, OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Jonathan Joseph, S Jahleel Addae, S Mike Adams, QB Joe Webb
ROUND 2 TARGETS:
G Lloyd Cushenberry III, TE Cole Kmet, G Robert Hunt, WR Tee Higgins, WR Michael Pittman Jr., DT Neville Gallimore, DT Raekwon Davis, DT Ross Blacklock, DT Justin Madubuike, LB Willie Gay Jr., LB Terrell Lewis, LB Curtis Weaver
ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR Bryan Edwards, WR Collin Johnson, WR Tyler Johnson, G Tyler Biadasz, DT Jordan Elliott, DT Leki Fotu, DT Marlon Davdson, LB Malik Harrison, LB Troy Dye
PLAN OF ATTACK:
With Bill O’Brien in charge who knows what the Texans will do in this Draft or if they’ll even have this pick by the time the second day of the Draft begins. If they do happen to hang onto it they could look for a wide receiver with size. The team foolishly traded arguably the best wide receiver in the league in DeAndre Hopkins and then replaced him with Brandin Cooks who is fast but undersized. The biggest receivers on their roster are both 6’0 and size is needed. The guy who makes sense is Clemson’s Tee Higgins. Higgins is 6’4 and 215 pounds. He can go up and fight for those jump balls and would be a major weapon in the red zone. Michael Pittman Jr., from USC, is another player who fits that mold and would make sense for the Texans here.
They could also grab a defensive tackle they could convert into a 3-4 end. Guys like Raekwon Davis, Neville Gallimore, and Justin Madubuike could be a great fit. Madubuike would be a very good candidate to convert to end with his ability to move laterally with ease and his overall motor, and explosiveness.
The Texans could also upgrade the interior of their offensive line with a guard. They could grab mean Robert Hunt, or technically sound Lloyd Cushenberry.
Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson publically expressed his displeasure with the team trading DeAndre Hopkins. While they did give him a couple of new weapons in Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks, that is like exchanging a Ferrari for a Honda Accord. As mentioned above the Texans’ receiving corps lacks size so they could look for a big target here. Local boy Collin Johnson could be an intriguing option. He’s 6’6 with decent speed. His route running needs work but he could be used primarily in the red zone early in his career.
The Texans could also grab a guard in Round 3. They could bring in someone to compete with Zach Fulton. Names they’d consider would be Wisconsin’s Tyler Biadasz, Temple’s Matt Hennessy, Ohio State’s Jonah Jackson, and Clemson’s John Simpson. The Texans also could bring in a pass-catching tight end. If they go that route in the third at pick 90 they’d be looking at Hunter Bryant or Brycen Hopkins. Either would be a solid addition to their tight end corps.
Round 2: Justin Madubuike DT, Texas A&M
Round 3: Collin Johnson WR, Texas