One of the top offenses in the NFL last season, the Texans are a team on the verge of being a Super Bowl contender. With one more great draft, they could push themselves to a Wild Card favorite in the AFC next season.
Even though they have one of the top offenses in the league, they have already invested many first-round picks there, and they need to let those players develop. However, adding more talented pieces on offense can only help them keep up with AFC South rival Indianapolis.
The Texans have to like this draft class because their needs match exactly what this draft is stacked with, and they have the potential to not only get a few starters, but add some key rotational guys to keep the Texans playoff-caliber all the way to Week 17 and beyond.
Late second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh round picks
A second sixth-round pick (middle)
Quick Team Needs
After a breakout rookie season, Steve Slaton took a step back this season. He suffered through fumbles and led the team to a 30th-ranked rushing attack and under 100 YPG. Also, power backs Chris Brown and Ryan Moats are free agents and both are unlikely to be retained.
Kevin Walter is a free agent this year, but sing him or not, I don’t feel like he’s the future at the No. 2 receiver spot. Either way, I still think Houston needs a playmaker opposite Andre Johnson.
The Texans have an average center in Chris Myers and could use upgrading. I think, however, their current starter at right guard, Antoine Caldwell, could be that replacement.
If he does make the move, though, that leaves Chester Pitts, whose a free agent this off-season, and Kasey Studdard, who’s a free agent next year.
First Round Targets
DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
You’ll probably hear me hype up Thomas for the next three months until the draft, and hopefully you’ll see his rise on draft day. Thomas is an outstanding athlete who can draw attention to himself from defenses, allowing for even more production out of Andre Johnson.
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Slaton will need a complement if he’s going to be the feature back in Houston, and a power guy like Dwyer could be that perfect complement. Dwyer has enough breakaway speed that he could possibly take over the reins if Slaton continues to struggle.
Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
If they can’t get the ultra-talented Thomas, I think they may have to reach a little bit to get a power receiver like LaFell. He may fit better in this offense than Thomas as he can go across the middle and can be effective on both middle crossing routes as well as screen passes. He reminds me a lot of Terrell Owens.
2nd Round Targets
Charles Scott, RB, LSU
If the Texans do go receiver in round one, which I think is a very strong possibility, they will be targeting a running back early on in the draft after that. After Dwyer and Gerhart, who’s likely to get taken early in the second round, the best remaining power back is Charles Scott, who reminds a lot of scouts of Marion Barber.
Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois
With Iupati, the presumed top guard in this draft class, almost a lock to be gone in the top 40 picks, Asamoah is the best remaining zone blocking guard in this class, and is a great fit for Gary Kubiak’s offense.
Later Round Target
Lonyae Miller, RB, Fresno State
The Texans are obviously targeting a running back based on what they’ve looked at this offseason according to reports and sources. Miller is a deep sleeper they could grab after their first running back in this draft, especially if they lose both Chris Brown and Ryan Moats.
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