Houston addressed several needs during last weekend's draft, as they tightened up the linebacker position, gained more depth in the secondary, and went ultra-heavy on tight ends. Still, Houston needs some additional depth at a few key areas and we are going to examine some of the players who may fit in well.
Travis LaBoy, DE- LaBoy may not be the next Julius Peppers, but he's an experienced defensive end and the team can use more bodies at the position.
Roderick Hood, CB- Hood is an experienced veteran corner who was replaced when the Cardinals grabbed Bryant McFadden in free agency from Pittsburgh. Hood could add more depth and competition to a position that struggled mightily a year ago.
Gary Russell, RB- The Texans avoided taking a running back during the draft, and they signed free agent rookies Arian Foster and Jeremiah Johnson. Still, the team can use some more competition behind Steve Slaton and Russell can get tough yards inside.
Edgerrin James, RB- James may not be nearly what he once was when he was tearing up defenses in Indianapolis, but he still has some carries left in his 30-year old body. James is a great receiver out of the backfield and he's excellent in pass protection. If he'll accept a lesser role (and at this point in his career he really has no choice), he could be a nice compliment to Slaton.
John Beck, QB- The former second-round pick was a victim of circumstance in Miami, as they went through a regime change and they had no attachment to the former BYU standout. Beck could resurrect his career in Houston and potentially battle Dan Orlovsky for the backup quarterback job.
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