Texans coach Gary Kubiak will begin the process of evaluating nine new rookies when offseason team workouts start on May 17.
First round pick Kareem Jackson and second round pick Ben Tate both have a good chance of earning starting positions at cornerback and running back respectively once the season begins.
After a 9-7 season in 2009, the Texans need both to contribute right away if they hope to earn their first playoff berth in team history.
It is unlikely that any of the team's seven other picks—DT Earl Mitchell, LB Darryl Sharpton, TE Garrett Graham, CB Sherrick McManis, OG Shelley Smith, KR Trindon Holliday, or WR Dorin Dickerson—will earn starting roles.
The following is a review of the Texans' 2010 draft and how the new players will fit within the team's depth chart.
GM Rick Smith did not discount adding more players through free agency before the start of the season. Such additions could affect the roster status of the Texans selected in the draft.