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An Early Look At the Houston Texans 2017 Draft Needs

With a quarter of the season under the belt for the Houston Texans, the team is slowly taking shape and their are needs surfacing heading into the 2017 draft. Here is an EARLY look at the Texans and draft needs.

As the season moves along, State of the Texans will continue to monitor and anticipate draft needs for the Houston Texans in 2017. Sitting at 3-1, the team needs will come and go as the season progresses, and though there will be players who rise and fall throughout this season, the first quarter of the season has wrapped up. Some positions could be considered like tight end or edge rushers, but this is a look at the early positions that the Texans should consider to be priorities.  

Safety

The Texans have a solid player in Andre Hal and finding him a partner to grown with as a duo for the coming seasons should be priority. The Texans had their sights on Karl Joseph last draft in the first round but he was off the board before they were on the clock. Quintin Demps is getting up in "football" age and they could always use another solid player for the group. 

Top Prospects to Watch 

Budda Baker, Washington, Jr. 

Jabrill Peppers, Michigan, rSo.

Jamal Adams, LSU, Jr. 

Eddie Jackson, Alabama, Sr. 

Malik Hooker, Ohio State, rSo.

Marcus Williams, Utah, Jr. 

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Defensive Line

Even if J.J. Watt comes back 100%, ready to go, the Texans are still thin at a position that they need to address. Vince Wilfork is climbing in age and the depth is suspect at the moment. The Texans defense makes sure they have true 3-4 ends and they could use them early when the time comes. The addition of D.J. Reader gives them a nose tackle for the future if he keeps projecting in the right direction but that position will soon need help also. 

Top Prospects to Watch

 

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State, Jr.

Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah, Jr.

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama, Sr. 

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, Sr.

Isaac Rochell, DE, Nothre Dame, Sr. 

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Offensive Tackle

The Texans need to bring in another offensive tackle to start grooming to go along with their top trio of Duane Brown, Derek Newton and Kendall Lamm. With Brown’s age and growing cap number, this could be the time to start developing. The thought would be trying to find a left tackle and, if they selected one early, he could be involved early for the team. Brown is still the bookend tackle but the Texans better start having some proactive drafts just in case. 

Top Prospects To Watch 

Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama, Jr. 

Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame, rJr. 

Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh, rSr. 

Conor McDermott, UCLA, rSr.

Roderick Johnson, Florida State, Jr. 

Mike McGlinchey Profile 

Running Back 

Lamar Miller was one of the Texans top catches of the free agency market this past off-season, now the Texans have to find a back to pair with him during the season. Alfred Blue is a solid player but they have to find a dynamic back who can make it happen between the tackles when needed. The NFL is moving to dual backs to get it done on game days and, if the Texans want to protect their investment of Miller, getting him help would be good for the long term future of the position. 

Top Prospects to Watch 

Leonard Fournette, LSU, Jr. 

Dalvin Cook, Florida State, Jr. 

Nick Chubb, Georgia, Jr. 

Jalen Hurd, Tennessee, Jr. 

James Connor, Pittsburgh, rJr. 

Leonard Fournette Chasing School History 

Inside Linebacker 

The future of Brian Cushing should not be overlooked and, as much as he has helped, his health continues to come into question. Add in a contract that is eating up some salary cap and that is not a good combination for a team that is trying to get younger. Benardrick McKinney is the clear future at the position, but, besides Max Bullough the group is thin in terms of depth. The type of linebacker could be either a plugger or three down player because of McKinney being able to show he can be a three down linebacker, however the team could stand to upgrade their speed. 

Top Prospects to Watch 

Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State, Jr. 

Reuben Foster, Alabama, Sr. 

Anthony Walker, Jr., Northwestern, rJr. 

Azeem Victor, Washington, rJr. 

Kendell Beckwith, LSU, Sr. 

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