Sometimes there's just that perfect fit between team and prospect.
Whether it's a zone-scheme offensive lineman or a 3-4 outside linebacker, teams have certain types of players they look for. These types of players are usually dictated by scheme and/or preference of the coaching staff and front office. It isn't all performance-related either, as intangibles and off the field issues are viewed differently by all 32 NFL teams, and it plays a factor in the evaluation in varying degrees.
Prospects always have a better chance of NFL success when they find their perfect team match. The draft doesn't always unfold that way, but the Houston Texans have done a good job of finding players who fit what they're looking for.
Would J.J. Watt have registered 20.5 sacks last year if he hadn't landed in a 3-4 defense with a coordinator who was willing to move him all over the line? How many career yards and touchdowns would Arian Foster have if he'd spent his entire career in a power running scheme? Would Derek Newton have ever started an NFL game at this point in his career if the Texans hadn't drafted him?
A match between player and team can be a major difference in career success as we've seen with those players.
The Houston Texans' 2013 draft class may not produce a player of Watt or Foster's caliber, but it could still net a few key difference-makers who can help the team make a third run at an AFC South title.
So continue reading on to see which draft prospects would fit perfectly with the Texans.