Five positions Texans should target in the 2015 NFL Draft
Chris Myers was released and Ben Jones is the heir apparent at center. He figures to start next to 2014 second-round pick Xavier Su'a-Filo. Neither player is particularly accomplished at this point, so drafting an interior offensive lineman to provide competition is a good idea. LSU’s versatile La’el Collins should merit consideration at No. 16. Other options include Iowa’s Brandon Scherff and Florida State's Cameron Irving.
Brian Cushing has been slowed by injures and will carry a cap number of over $9 million beginning in 2016. His long-term future in Houston is hazy. The Texans might want to think about drafting a young player to groom as Cushing's eventual replacement in a season or two. UCLA's Eric Kendricks is a possibility at No. 16, or Miami's Denzel Perryman in the second round.
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Houston did well by re-signing Kareem Jackson, who will start alongside Johnathan Joseph. However, the NFL is a passing league and the Texans play in the same division as Andrew Luck. Having depth at corner is not only a smart idea, it’s also a necessity. That, coupled with the fact that Joseph will be 31 before the start of next season, indicates spending a pick on one of the top corners this year should be a consideration. LSU's Jalen Collins is one name that makes sense if the Texans elect to adress the posiition in the first round.
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The Texans' top-two tight ends are Garrett Graham and CJ Fiedorowicz, and while both are young, neither has done enough to warrant standout status at the position. Unfortunately, this year’s draft is thinner than in recent years at the position, but Houston should consider Miami’s Clive Walford or Minnesota’s Maxx Williams in the second round or later. It’s time to give Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer a new red-zone threat, particularly since Andre Johnson is no longer around.
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The Andre Johnson era is over, and while the Texans have a solid threat in DeAndre Hopkins and signed Cecil Shorts III in free agency, the team should still address the position in the draft. Luckily for Houston, it’s a deep draft at receiver, so they should be able to find a quality player whenever they decide to pick one. If Louisville standout DeVante Parker slips to the 16th pick, Houston should pounce. Otherwise, options remain on Days 2 and 3. Texans head coach Bill O’Brien was recently spotted at Georgia’s pro day checking out NFL Combine star Chris Conley. He’d be a nice complement to Hopkins as a value pick late in the draft.