The 2011 NFL Draft is less than five days away. This draft may be the most important for the Houston Texans since its inaugural draft in 2002 when David Carr was selected first overall. Let’s hope this one goes a lot better.
The reason for the increased importance of this draft is the combination of so much emphasis being placed on making the playoffs along with the switching to a 3-4 defense which creates even more holes than the team already had.
To compound matters, there will be no free agency period before the draft which means teams like the Texans have to fill more needs through the draft.
If Houston failed to draft an outside linebacker, for example, the team would likely overpay for a player in free agency because of desperation.
Given the importance of selecting players who fill the 3-4 defense, I thought it might be beneficial to go through each position group and rank the top five players specifically for Wade Phillips’ 3-4 defense. If you have any comments or questions, please let me know in the comments or on twitter (@JakeBRB).