This is obviously the Texans' No. 1 need, as many feel if they get this position settled they could be a threat in the AFC South. The Texans have a plethora of options. They could re-sign Ryan Mallett, they could go for someone like Brian Hoyer in free agency, or they could use the draft and have O’Brien work his magic with a rookie.
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DeAndre Hopkins was much improved and Andre Johnson had another solid year. However, due to salary-cap restrictions, Johnson may not be back with the team and the Texans really lack that No. 1 WR. There is depth in the draft as well as some big-name free agents such as Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.
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The Texans could potentially lose their RT Derek Newton in free agency, which would be a huge blow. The o-line needs someone to run behind when you need that tough yard. The Texans were missing that this past season and will likely try to fill that void in the draft.
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The Texans may have their NO. 1 CB in Kareem Jackson, but he is going to cost them a lot of money if they do decide to re-sign him. Every elite team needs that lockdown corner to go against the No. 1 WR. If the Texans do lose Jackson, expect them to spend big money and look at free agents such as Revis and Thurmond.
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With the injury to Clowney and Brooks Reed a free agent, the Texans are suddenly very thin at this position. At this point they must assume Clowney will not be ready in time for next season and must fill the void elsewhere. Don’t expect them to go back to the draft, as they will likely look to fill this hole with a veteran presence in free agency.