Today is finally the day the Houston Texans will likely add a new name to their roster in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Sitting at #25 overall, the Texans will have to feel out the start of the draft and size up their position in a hurry.
The Houston franchise will undoubtedly have their sights set at the beginning of the draft, making note of the “hot spots” of teams looking to possibly rain on the Texans' parade - a parade led by the act of landing the 1st round first round quarterback.
Picks that could imaginably set the Texans fans up for heartache include:
- Cleveland Browns at #1 and #12 overall.
- San Francisco 49ers at #2.
- Jacksonville Jaguars at #4.
- New York Jets at #6.
- Buffalo Bills at #10.
- Arizona Cardinals at #13.
This is the gauntlet of teams which the Texans hope, if these teams are focusing on a quarterback, that their guy gets past. The teams listed above are the ones to watch heading into Thursday and these are the teams in the way of the Texans' quest to land a quarterback.
How the Texans use their draft board to their advantage remains the key to building their roster. The team has to keep both the future and the now in mind with their selections and rookie free agents.
We are looking at the Texans and who they could take in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Six for the Texans in Round One
Dalvin Cook, Running Back, Florida State
The Texans will stick with their board and they will be in the market for the draft to add another running back to help Lamar Miller. Miller needs help and after the 2016 season it is clear his frame can take only so much and is not a high carry back. Adding Dalvin Cook could add an immediate big play back and give the Texans a player at the position for the future. More importantly the Texans need to keep adding playmakers to the offense with so much uncertainty at the quarterback position.
Cameron Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
It is no secret on how much help the Texans need at the offensive tackle position and this is not just about the right tackle spot but the eye on the future of the position as a whole. Cam Robinson has a chance to come in and start from day one and possibly be an answer at right tackle. Robinson will have to catch up to the speed of the NFL game but should be just fine in the run game.
Garett Bolles, Offensive Tackle, Utah
Bolles age is a concern and he will turn 25 prior to the start of the 2017 season. Bolles age and small red flags from his younger years should not be enough to take him off the Texans board. Also brought in for a pre-draft visit during the process, the Texans have put Bolles through the ringer to find out who he is and what makes him tick on and off the football field. Keeping weight on him could be a concern but that is for the Texans to straighten out with their in house nutrition and their sports science department to find the best plan.
Josh Jones, Safety, N.C. State
The Texans have been after a legitimate safety option that can play every down since Glover Quin left for Detroit. Jones is one of the bigger safeties in this draft class and with the position solid in this draft, this could be the option if there is not any of their targets left. Jones is the complete package when it comes to size and athletic ability.
Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Clemson
Watson checks off all the boxes on what the Texans look for in the position especially from the leadership standpoint. The Texans are missing a clear cut leader not only for the offense but for the entire team, something they have not had since the inception of the franchise. All the physical skills are good enough for the NFL and Watson could add some much needed NFL weight. Watson is the perfect match from the outside and his pedigree and experience at the college level. Watson could be too good to pass up and might be worth a leap of faith up the draft board to bring to Houston.
Patrick Mahomes, Quarterback, Texas Tech
The reality of the situation, the Texans brought in Mahomes for a reason. One of the few quarterbacks the Texans, that have been confirmed, have met with many times during the draft process. At the NFL Combine, offensive assistant Wes Welker attended his pro day and a pre draft visit to boot to finish off an extensive look at Mahomes. Trying to break Mahomes of his improvising to extend plays at college would be a tough thing to do and getting him on a NFL level offense are all part of the learning curve. Mahomes raw talent and understanding what it takes to make it as this level make him a real possibility for the Texans.
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