The NFL Draft is just about a week away and for a team that sat on the sidelines for free agency, it’s crucial that the Houston Texans perform well in the draft. Whoever they take in the first round will all but certainly start this season and become a key member of the unit. Here are six potential first rounders that could help take the Texans back to the playoffs.
Cam Robinson OT
If you read my last article on Robinson, you know that he has all the tools to be a successful lineman in the NFL. The big question surrounding him is will he falter like Ereck Flowers did due to their similarities? Or will he use that as motivation to help protect the Texans’ QB and hopefully learn how to stop an edge rusher from J.J. Watt?
Mahomes is a quarterback who has been quickly rising on the draft board of many teams. He has all the tools to be a starter out of the gate. He’s confident, which would be a plus after the hesitancy of Brock Osweiler, he makes good hard throws and is accurate downfield. I just want to say that I saw a video of a competition Mahomes and David Carr had on who had the harder throw and a throw from Mahomes clocked in at 64 mph, you can’t teach that.
Oh, what a blessing it would be for the Texans for Watson to drop this far on the board. We’ve seen his poise under pressure, excellent decision making and his ability to put the ball where only his receivers can reach it (if you want to see any of those, just look up the game-winning drive in the National Championship). The only reason Watson would fall this far down is if every team before Houston addressed a position they needed more than quarterback. For the Texans it’s simple, if Watson is there, take him.
After losing star cornerback A.J. Bouye this offseason, the Texans could look to add to their secondary in the first round of the draft. Melifonwu is a 6’4″ free safety that runs a 4.40. That kind of speed and size just isn’t common in the NFL and allows Melifonwu to cover ground quickly to break up passes and to guard tight ends off the line. Although his overall coverage skills are lacking, he’s a great run stopper and with this kind of freak athleticism and size, he’s worth taking a risk on.
David Njoku TE
Njoku is a guy you will see on almost every team’s draft board. Besides O.J. Howard, Njoku may just be the best tight end in the draft. He’s a big body with great hands and has enough size and strength to be a solid run blocker. With the Texans favoring a run heavy offense as of late, Lamar Miller would love to run behind Njoku. Lining up Njoku also gives whoever is behind center a big red zone target to take the coverage off of DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Ryan Ramczyk OT
Ramczyk is another guy on a lot of team’s big boards and for good reason. He’s a 6’6″ 310lbs offensive tackle that not only has the size to compete in the NFL but the speed as well. Ramczyk is battle tested from college, going up against players like Taco Charlton and Sam Hubbard, and is ready for NFL lineman. The bad part for Houston, Ramczyk will likely be gone before Houston’s time rolls around but if he’s there, he’s another player you have to seriously consider taking to help your quarterback and running back.
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