With the 2011 NFL season officially in the books, and a team with a 9-7 record winning it all, it's time now for the calm before the storm.
The NFL Combine is in a couple of weeks. Free agency is about a month after that and then it's time for the big daddy—the 2012 NFL Draft.
With this in mind, I started thinking about the needs for the Texans going forward. Most of us are in agreement that the team is pretty deep and has no glaring holes, so this should be a draft about taking the best player available and going from there.
We know that Houston will have little to no money to spend in free agency, so the draft is the most likely of places to remedy their shopping list.
But if Mario Williams walks in free agency, suddenly the Texans are shoppers in the 2012 free agent class. So we'll take a look at five positions that the Texans will likely be looking to address before the 2012 season and discuss a key free agent they could consider as well as a realistic option for every round in the draft.