The Texans once again stayed aggressive and landed their target in center Nick Martin out of Notre Dame. Martin being drafted gives him the inside track to be the starting center for the Texans when week one arrives.
We take a look how it changes the depth chart at the center position.
A rookie free agent from last season, Mancz had a shoulder injury that slowed him heading into last year’s draft. Mancz arrived in training camp and bounced back and forth between center and guard. Making the 53-man roster, his season was cut short with an injury landing him on the injured reserve. Mancz is going to have to solidify his spot when camp arrives, but the arrival of Martin has him on the outside looking in.
This unproven quantity in Bergstrom was signed by the Texans on day one of free agency due to the exit of Ben Jones to Tennessee. Bergstrom is a versatile player who can help at center or guard, and now, with the addition of Martin, the depth on the interior of the offensive line looks much better.
When a trade up occurs, it is for good reason, and Martin was the second center off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now Martin has everything in front of him to become the starter at center and never look back. The Texans are looking for longevity at the position and Martin might finally be the player who is able to bring them this.
The Texans saw a need, especially with unproven players Mancz and Bergstrom. Martin, at this moment, looks like the odds on favorite to become the starting center for the Texans. With a new quarterback in Brock Osweiler, having a center with whom he can get comfortable for the coming seasons seems like a solid plan. Martin is a solid addition to an offensive line that is looking to get younger and meaner in a hurry.