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What's the easiest way to beat the Texans, you ask? Why, it is pretty simple. All you have to do is overpower the right side of the line of scrimmage.
And with Ben Jones and Derek Newton manning the right side, that task was quite easy for opposing defenses.
When the offensive line is dominated at the point of attack, the Texans offense crumbles. Arian Foster is unable to run for positive yardage, as his success completely depends on the offensive line's ability to consistently open up holes in the zone blocking scheme.
Furthermore, Matt Schaub is terrible under pressure.
He does not have the athleticism or the footwork to escape pass-rushers, and he is often sacked because of this. When the offensive line does not succeed in pass protection, the Texans passing game essentially dies.
With all of these issues, it would make sense to pick up a bruising, talented offensive lineman in the early part of the NFL Draft, would it not?
D.J. Fluker is that guy.
Physically imposing at 335 pounds, he is slightly larger than the offensive lineman the Texans normally favor. The Texans, however, drafted Brandon Brooks last season and seemed to like him toward the end of the season, so it is quite possible that they are slightly changing their philosophy.
Regardless, we learned this past season what happens when the offensive line was not strong enough to deal with opposing defenders.
Fluker is incredibly strong, and combined with his surprising athleticism, he is a bulldozer in the running game. He consistently generates at the point of attack, and he can open up huge holes for his running backs.
Fluker also dominated defenders in the SEC, where many of the largest and most talented defensive linemen reside. He can easily continue impressive play at the NFL level.
Finally, Fluker can play both tackle and guard, which would greatly benefit the Texans depth-stricken offensive line. Fluker makes sense for the Texans, and management would be wise to select him.