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2016 NFL Draft Grade: Houston Texans

Houston Texans 2016 Draft Call21st overall:


Houston Texans 2016 Draft Call

21st overall: Will Fuller, WR

50th overall: Nick Martin, OG

85th overall: Braxton Miller, WR

119th overall: Tyler Ervin, RB

159th overall: K J Dillon, S

166th overall: D.J Reader, NT

The Texans entered this draft with an obvious objective, stockpile weapons for the offence. Their defence, led by JJ Watt, is good enough to propel them into another post season, a skill they proved last year as they carried their weak offence so can you imagine how lethal they could be as a well-rounded team? Bill O’Brien got his quarterback and feature back in free agency which freed up the draft to find DeAndre Hopkins a running partner and find depth for the rest of the roster. First round pick Will Fuller is an interesting choice at 21.  He has impressive speed and agility making his ability to separate from coverage very impressive and safeties will need to account for him as a deep threat. The Texans are hoping that this enough to stop opponents double teaming Hopkins and buy him more one on one situations down the stretch. Fuller does come with some red flags however. It is noted that he had nine drops in his last two seasons and isn’t particularly tough. He has drawn comparisons ranging from DeSean Jackson, Ted Ginn and draft bust Darrius Hayward-Bey. Its down to the coaching staff to take this raw talented individual and make him into the punishing receiver he could be. Like Fuller, third round pick Braxton Miller has a good chance of getting solid game time this season. Drafting two wide receivers early says a lot about how the Texans rank previous 3rd round pick Jaelen Strong’s development which could be a sign that he’s on the roster bubble. Although Miller only completed one season at wide out, his natural gifts and size coupled with his previous experience at QB make him dangerous with a lot of potential down the line. Nick Martin and Tyler Ervin will both be given the chance to compete, Ervin in particular as the whole Arian foster has left behind is far from filled. Martins versatility could see him play any of the interior line positions over the course of the season. Dillon and Reader wont push for starting jobs but stand a good chance of fighting their way onto the 53 man roster. Overall the Texans managed to address all there needs in the draft but it all comes down to how well they bring these young guys through.

Grade B+

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