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2016 NFL Draft: Houston Texans draft needs

With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we


With the rush of free agency in the rear view mirror it is time to focus in on the NFL Draft, specifically on team needs. In this article we look at the Houston Texans draft needs for 2016 as we approach the April 28th 1st round from Chicago. The Texans looked like a team that was going to be in the running for a top 10 pick for at least the first half of the season, but after their drubbing at the hands of the Dolphins, something seemed to change. From then, the defense caught fire and the offense started clicking; enough to propel the Texans to the top of the AFC South and to the playoffs, so they need to prepare for their AFC South title defense. Biggest Need:  Tight End During the Gary Kubiak era the tight end was a key part of this offense and Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham were one of the more productive duos in the NFL. Since Kubiak’s departure, both Daniels and Graham have moved on, leaving the Texans with a sub-par tight end corp. CJ Fierdorowicz hasn’t become a real receiving threat and Ryan Griffin is not exactly a huge part of this offense. By adding a tight end, the Texans will give Osweiler another big body to work with and, more importantly, someone who can work the middle of the field. Other Needs: Wide Receiver, Offensive Line DeAndre Hopkins is one of the truly elite receivers in the NFL at moment. He can do everything. However, outside of him, the Texans don’t really have any established options, especially with the departure of Nate Washington. Jalen Strong still has time to develop into that but they could really do with another option to compliment Hopkins. In a busy free agency period, the Texans did add guard Jeff Allen and center Tony Bergstrom, but they aren’t what you’d call high end starters, they are capable of starting but are ultimately no more than extra depth for the Texans. So they should definitely look to upgrade their interior offensive line. They could also look to bring in more talent at the tackle spot. Duane Brown is not getting any younger, he’s coming off a significant leg injury and his cap number is pretty high. If they can add a player who’ll be able to replace him, maybe as soon as this season, the Texans offense can be in really good shape.

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Remy Cabache

Lifetime sports fan. I have written with RealSport since the NFL section started and I have also written for my own blog, EbonyBird.com and I have had several articles published in local newspapers covering my local (American) football team.

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