The Houston Texans have been on the cusp of being a playoff team for a few years now, but have never reached that milestone. After taking a couple steps back last season with a disappointing 6-10 record, the organization is hungry for its first postseason appearance and needs to fill just a couple of positional holes to make that possible.
When Houston finished with one of the league's worst defenses and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak started taking heat, he hired Wade Phillips to coordinate the defense. Phillips will install the 3-4, which proved to be very effective with the right personnel during his stint in Dallas.
Armed with a prolific offense, the Texans would seemingly be primed for a playoff run if they were to develop a strong defense along with it.
But while Houston does seem to have a lot of players that will fit into Phillips' system, there are a few positions that need to be addressed before the Texans get over the hump. One way these needs could be taken care of is through trade.
Following are six players the Texans could conceivably trade for that would fill a big need and push Houston into the playoffs.
Note: These picks are purely speculatory and are not known possibilities.
Sources: NFL.com, ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports, New York Times NFL Blog