It is that time of the year once again. The Houston Texans will be on the clock within a few days, looking to improve their team. We take a look at five possibilities for the Texans, who are sitting at #22 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Five for the Houston Texans at #22
A plus run defender and possibly an instant plug and play defensive end when he arrives to his NFL team, Reed’s ability to two-gap in college would be a seamless transition in Romeo Crennel’s defense. Opposite of J.J. Watt, the Texans need a stout defensive end who can hold his own in the trenches. With Watt, the opposite end is given the chance to create on his own, so discipline is needed on the other side to play sound fundamental defense.
The pick will not be considered flashy, but there is a good chance the Texans upgraded their end position with this pick and have their best option in a long time opposite of Watt.
Reed is an elite run defender with the lower body strength to command his gap, but the instincts and timing to be productive as a tackler rather than just a space eater. Reed?s lack of pass rushing ability creates a potential glass ceiling on his draft stock; however, teams looking for a battle-tested run stuffer will find an instant upgrade who should be able to come in and start immediately if needed.- Lance Zierlien, NFL.com
It is not a sexy pick by any means, but when it comes to locking down the center position for the foreseeable future, Kelly could be that player. The Texans currently have two unproven quantities to fill the void at center with Greg Mancz and Tony Bergstrom.
Kelly could come in and start day one and help solidiy the interior of the offensive line moving forward.
Tenacious leader and three-year starter for highly successful Alabama program that puts a heavy emphasis on physical and mental toughness. Kelly might not be a combine warrior, but when the pads are strapped, he plays with enough strength and athleticism to thrive in both gap and zone running schemes. While he could use more mass on his frame, Kelly has the necessary skill set and football intelligence to step in and challenge for a starting position right away. -Lance Zierlien, NFL.com
When it comes to an elite athlete, Coleman checks all the boxes. Now it comes down to Coleman’s ability to produce from day one, either at the slot or outside wide receiver positions, in the NFL. The thought is that Coleman could help in the slot but getting him caught up and ready to play day one is the key.
If Coleman arrives in Houston, that would give the Texans a solid offensive core to help Brock Osweiler. Coleman instantly gives the Texans a homerun hitter over the top and the ability to create plays with the football in his hands.
Dangerous vertical talent with the ability to get over the top of defenders who fail to recognize his blazing quickness off the line of scrimmage. Coleman can get instant separation to create favorable passing windows and is one of the top playmakers in this draft. Coleman's issues with drops near the middle of the field could be a concern if teams see him next as a slot receiver due to his lack of size. Regardless, he can line up outside and win and he offers immediate punt return help. - Lance Zierlien, NFL.com
The fact the Texans do not have a penciled in starter at defensive end leaves it as an immediate need during the draft weekend. With the length to play as a base 3-4 end, Butler is a legit run stuffer, but he is limited in the pass rush. With multiple pass rushers on the roster, Butler can focus on being a base player early on for the Texans.
His abilities to play as a 3-4 end and to bump inside as a 3-technique in nickel and dime defense, along with his versatility, are plusses for the defense. Being able to be used as more than a one-dimensional base player makes Butler an intriguing prospect.
Athletic interior lineman with long arms and outstanding athleticism that allows him to work on offensive linemen with a combination of power and quickness. Butler has a raw but diverse skillset as a pass rusher that should excite NFL evaluators who see the potential of what he can be with more coaching and experience. With his effort and defensive ball awareness, his ceiling appears to be high with a chance to become a high-level starter for an odd or even front defense. - Lance Zierlien, NFL.com
The knock on Doctson is his top end speed, but he is the top wide receiver in the draft when it comes to catching the football at a high level. Similar to DeAndre Hopkins, the addition of Doctson would give the Texans two high level receivers who can catch the football at an impression level even in the NFL.
The Texans could find speed to put inside the offense at running back and the slot wide receiver to stretch defenses. Doctson would give the Texans a complete different look at wide receiver and the ability to win multiple one-on-one situations from the outside.
Highly productive receiver with good height but in need of more functional mass for the NFL game. Doctson must prove he can play against press coverage if he is to reach his potential, but his ability to go up and win when the ball is in the air will endear him to quarterbacks. Scouts don't expect to be wowed by his 40 time, but most believe he'll be a solid No. 2 receiver in the league.- Lance Zierlien, NFL.com
Don’t forget, the Texans have been after a slot wide receiver since the last NFL Draft and Shepard is a perfect fit for the Texans offense. Not limited to the slot, Shepard could help on the outside in a pinch.
He could help supplant Cecil Shorts when his time is up and, most importantly, he could be a factor in the Texans offense as soon as the season arrives. Shepard is a solid fit for what the Texans look for from their inside wide receivers. He could sneak to the Texans more easily than many people expect.
The similarities in backgrounds, playing style, production and football character and between Shepard and Seattle's Tyler Lockett are obvious. Shepard doesn't possess Lockett's explosiveness as a return man, but is a better overall receiver. With more and more teams using "11" personnel (3 WRs) as their base offense, Shepard's stock should be on the rise. Teams looking for a slot receiver who can make plays and rack up a high volume catch count on any given Sunday will find their man in Shepard.- Lance Zierlien, NFL.com