The Houston Texans had about a dozen needs going into this year's draft. They filled many of them but several needs remain heading into the undrafted free-agent signing period.
A pattern surfaced with the Texans' strategy over the first two days of the draft with how they want to build up the roster. All four of the Texans' draft picks during the first three rounds were physical players, who will make their impact around the line of scrimmage. I expect three of those four players to make an impact very early but needs remain at the more glamorous positions like wide receiver and cornerback.
With the selections of Jadeveon Clowney and Louis Nix, the Texans could have the best defensive front seven in the entire league. If those guys hit their potential while teamed up with Brian Cushing and J.J. Watt, the Texans defense will be scary good.
Those two picks along with the selection of offensive guard Xavier Su'a Filo were very good in my opinion, but the absence of a quarterback during the first two days was very surprising. Some will say that since the Texans failed to come away with an impact player at their No. 1 need, that their draft was a failure. I don't agree with that opinion. I also don't believe Tom Savage will be an impact player at quarterback.
The Texans continued to add more physical players during day three, who could make an impact near the line of scrimmage with fullback Jay Prosch from Auburn and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan of Alabama.
If Teddy Bridgewater had made it to pick No. 33 or if Jimmy Garoppolo had slipped into the third round, the Texans would have been wise to select them. However, neither quarterback would have led the Texans to the playoffs this year and the team had other huge needs, so I don't fault them for staying true to their board and not reaching for a quarterback ahead of their value.
Overall a very solid draft but their work is far from over with several big needs remaining:
The Texans didn't add a single player at the position during the draft. They lost two players at inside linebacker during free agency and have Brian Cushing coming off a season ending knee injury for the second straight season. I hoped they would target either Shayne Skov from Stanford or Christian Jones from Florida State during the draft, who both went undrafted.
Andre Hal was added during the seventh round, but I wish they had added more. The Texans didn't draft a single corner last year and cut their slot corner Brice McCain in March so they at least need to add some depth. I hoped they would target either Terrance Mitchell, who was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round or E.J. Gaines, who was selected by the Rams in the sixth round.
The Texans didn't add a single slot receiver during the draft. Coach O'Brien said during the offseason that the position was very important to this offense. Keshawn Martin—who they drafted two years ago—isn't the answer at the position.