The Houston Texans needed to upgrade their offensive line and secondary in a major way as the league year began. It’s unclear if they did enough along the offensive line, but they did obtain some reinforcements in tackle Seantrel Henderson and guards Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete. The depth, at least, should be improved.
It appears they did a better job of fixing the secondary by signing cornerbacks Aaron Colvin, Johnathan Joseph and Johnson Bademosi and dynamic safety Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu. Bademosi has developing skills and also is a standout on special teams.
Here is a closer look at where the Texans are, how they got here and a shot at what they should do with their first pick in the draft.
2017 finish: 4th AFC South (4-12)
TOTAL OFFENSE: 320.0 (20th)
RUSHING: 115.1 (14th)
PASSING: 204.9 (21st)
TOTAL DEFENSE: 346.6 (20th)
RUSHING: 109.2 (13th)
PASSING: 237.4 (24th)
- 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 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.
KEY PERSONNEL TRACKER (As of April 6)
–DE Angelo Blackson: Not tendered as RFA; $1.24M/1 yr, $500 SB.
–WR Bruce Ellington: Potential UFA; $1.25M/1 yr, $200K SB.
–LB Ben Heeney: Not tendered as RFA; $705K/1 yr.
–CB Johnathan Joseph: UFA; $10M/2 yrs, $3.9M fully guaranteed/$1.5M RB.
–P Shane Lechler: Potential UFA; $2M/1 yr, $600K SB.
–LB Brian Peters: Not tendered as RFA; $900K/1 yr, $135K guaranteed/$35K SB.
–WR Sammie Coates (waivers Browns).
–CB Aaron Colvin: UFA Jaguars; $34M/4 yrs, $18M fully guaranteed/$4M SB.
–CB Johnson Bademosi: UFA Patriots; $6.25M/2 yrs, $3.25M guaranteed/$1M SB/$1M RB.
–G/C Zach Fulton: UFA Chiefs; $28M/4 yrs, $13M fully guaranteed, $5M RB.
–T Seantrel Henderson: UFA Bills; $4M/1 yr, $1M guaranteed/$500K SB.
–G/C Senio Kelemete: UFA Saints; $12M/3 yrs, $5M fully guaranteed/$2.25M SB.
–S Tyrann Mathieu: FA Cardinals; $7M/1 yr, $4.5M SB.
–QB Joe Webb III: UFA Bills; terms unknown.
–QB Brandon Weeden: UFA Titans; $880K/1 yr, $230K guaranteed/$90K SB.
–LB Brian Cushing (released).
–TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (retired).
–T Breno Giacomini: UFA Raiders; terms unknown.
–S Marcus Gilchrist: UFA Raiders; $4M/1 yr, $3.85M guaranteed/$1.85M SB.
–QB Josh Johnson: UFA Raiders; $1.005M/1 yr, $90K RB.
–QB Tom Savage: UFA Saints; $1.5M/1 yr, $100K SB.
–G Xavier Su’a-Filo: UFA Titans; terms unknown.
*NFLDraftScout.com analysts suggest (No. 68 overall)
Rob Rang (April 5 mock draft):
–Brian O’Neill, T, Pittsburgh
Dane Brugler (April 6 mock draft):
–Joseph Noteboom, OT, 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.
Agree? Disagree? Still shopping?
Based on the team’s current status, those are our suggestions for that first pick. To double check or find another candidate see full mocks and ratings at NFLDraftScout.com.