In 2017 the Houston Texans made the bold move to jump up and take Deshaun Waston who proved in the first half of the season to be a great playmaker at the QB position before going down with a season ending knee injury. Now that the Texans have what appears to be their franchise cornerstone on offense and multiple stars on both sides of the ball, what do they need?
2018 Draft Picks
• Round 1 – none
• Round 2 – none
• Round 3 – Houston, Seattle, Possible Compensatory (AJ Bouye)
• Round 4 – Houston
• Round 6 – Houston, 2 Possible Compensatory (John Simon, Quinton Demps)
• Round 7 – Houston, Possible Compensatory (Don Jones/Oday Aboushi)
With the Texans having given away both first and second round picks to the Browns for getting Watson in the 2017 draft and taking on Brock Osweiler’s albatross of a contract they are left sitting and waiting while they watch top talent fall off the board in 2018. Unless they can package some of their third round selections with some 2019 picks to move up to take a top target.
The Texans are set at the offensive skill positions with two good options in the running game, a juggernaut All-Pro in DeAndre “Nuk” Hopkins and a deep threat in Will Fuller that has shown great chemistry with Watson. What the team needs now is to try and solidify their offensive line as they cant count on anything productive from right tackle Derek Newton and for that matter outside of Nick Martin everyone on that line is replaceable. So it wouldn’t be shocking to see Houston dive into the draft and free agency and try to shore up what has been a game of musical chairs at offensive line.
The front-seven of this team is its bread and butter with an excellent chance of being elite again as long as health isn’t an issue which for the past 2 years J.J. Watt has struggled with. Getting pass rusher Whitney Mercilus back to full health is key to putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. While Texans fans have had a love affair with Brian Cushing since he was drafted its time to move on from his 2 PED violations and save 8+ million in cap space, the team has 2 young solid linebackers in Bernardick McKinney and Zach Cunningham.
The Texans’ secondary is the straw that breaks the camels back on the defensive side of the ball. The best corner they have on roster right now is Kareem Jackson who has a high price tag and all being told should be cut to save 6.75 million. Jonathan Joseph is a free-agent who the Texans should be willing to resign since he was their best defensive back last year and Kevin Johnson got repeatedly exposed getting burned in coverage. There are plenty young defensive backs in free agency that the Texans can go spend money on since they didn’t feel like re-signing All-Pro AJ Bouye last year.
Right now prospects to watch for the Texans who are on the clock in the third round OT Jamarco Jones out of Ohio State he has the size to step right into the left tackle spot in the NFL. He should be available by the time Texans pick. Also long, rangy cornerback Quenton Meeks out of Stanford is intriguing and at 6-2 he was put on an island many times and is not afraid to bring the pain to stop the running game. Also Ronnie Harrison a safety out of Alabama is a total enforcer that the Texans haven’t had since letting DJ Swearinger go. His versatility and his ability to bring the wood against the run will make him a hot commodity by the time 2018 draft rolls around.
There you have it sports fans!
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