When the NFL Draft begins selections in Arlington, Tex., April 26, the Houston Texans have the No. 68 pick overall in the third round.
Here is an in-depth look at the team’s needs, offseason changes, potential best fit and the selections by NFLDraftScout.com’s experts.
Who would you pick and why?
TOP 5 NEEDS
- Tackle: The Texans still need help across the offensive line. This isn’t a good tackle situation. Julien Davenport is unproven, but is now the starting left tackle. Jeff Allen has been a disappointment at right guard, but remains the starter.
- Secondary: Aaron Colvin is more of a slot corner than an outside corner. They still need help at cornerback on the perimeter. Safety remains a depth issue even after the addition of Tyrann Mathieu.
- Tight end: Following the retirement of C.J. Fiedorowicz due to concussions, this position is dangerously thin. Ryan Griffin is the primary tight end and they don’t view him as a starter.
- Running back: D’Onta Foreman is rehabbing from a torn Achilles. Lamar Miller averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per carry in 2017.
- Special teams: The Texans are throwing bodies at the problems in kick coverage. They need to keep looking for quality returners and kick coverage specialists although Johnson Bademosi should help.
–BEST FIT: Deshon Elliott, S, Texas. The Texans don’t have first- or second-round draft picks. They need a lot of help at safety and tight end. A good third-round pick for them if available would be Elliott.
–Rob Rang: Brian O’Neill, T, Pittsburgh. Protecting the investment made in Deshaun Watson and his surgically repaired knee should be the Texans’ top priority in the draft. O’Neill is a bit raw but he possesses the size and athleticism to project as a future starter with experience at both left and right tackle.
–Dane Brugler: Joseph Noteboom, T, TCU. With no established tackles on the two-deep, the Texans might elect to keep Noteboom in Texas. He has versatile starting experience at both left and right tackle.
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