The Houston Texans are in about as bad a position a rebuilding professional sports team can be in. Their superstar quarterback demanded to be traded away from the organization, and was shortly thereafter blitzed by a plethora of very serious legal allegations. Houston fan favorite J.J. Watt asked for his release, and ended up joining the Arizona Cardinals, where former Texans star DeAndre Hopkins currently plays. Worst of all, the list of Texans draft needs a mile long.
Unfortunately, they have no picks in the first or second round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Houston Texans draft needs 2021
While the immediate future for the Texans looks bleak, the rebuilding process in the NFL can only take a short year or two. Despite their dearth of high draft picks, Houston still has a chance to make good on the selections they do have, by finding diamonds in the rough who will be on the roster with affordable contracts.
Which positions should the Texans prioritize with their picks in the 2021 NFL Draft? Their first selection is number 67 in the third round, and number 109 in the fourth round.
No team gave up more yards rushing last season than the Houston Texans, and that inadequacy usually indicates that a team is not as stout as they need to be up the middle.
feast your eyes on this…
…the Texans 2021 draft capital…
…it's the least draft capital in any draft in franchise history (est. 2002)
now look at their free agent class…
…and look at the contract sizes…
…a PUNTER received the largest deal…
…says a lot pic.twitter.com/uN39QDLqNI
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) April 7, 2021
It’s hard to give up 5.2 yards per carry to opposing offenses on the ground and ever think the defense will get off the field, so that is an area Houston will need to address in the draft.
There are a lot of interior defensive linemen who could be options for the Texans in the third round. Louisiana Tech’s Milton Williams, North Carolina State’s Alim McNeil, or Florida State’s Marvin Wilson could be considerations for Houston.
It would not be redundant for them for select another interior player in the fourth round, considering how deficient they were there last season.
As noted above, the Texans will start an NFL season this September without J.J. Watt for the first time in ten years. Watt compiled over 10 sacks in five years out of his decade long stint with Houston, and his presence will be sorely missed on the edge.
Trey Smith is one of the most physically gifted players in the OL class. Once he receives quality coaching there's a path for him to be a total stud. Situation matters, but he's very intriguing on day 2. https://t.co/tMQI6mVDSd
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) April 6, 2021
The Texans’ secondary is actually not bad with some veteran cornerbacks on the roster, but a consistent pass rush definitely helps strengthen the pass coverage on the back end.
Carlos Basham Jr. out of Wake Forest would be a nice acquisition for Houston if he’s available early in the third round.
In his sophomore and junior seasons with the Demon Deacons, he totalled a combined 14.5 sacks. He was on his way to another double digit sack campaign last year, but was slowed by injury and a positive COVID test. Basham should be healthy and ready for his rookie season, however.
There is a little bit of a trend taking place with this Texans draft needs piece. Many fans would suggest that Houston try to find a replacement for Deshaun Watson, who seems likely to either not be on the team or miss games on the commissioner’s exempt list.
However, the team doesn’t have much draft capital to work with to bring in a blue chip signal caller, so they are almost better off just rolling with NFL veteran Tyrod Taylor for a year, and building up their talent in the trenches.
This includes the center position, which is currently manned by veteran Justin Britt. He’s a solid player, but is about to turn 30, and is on the last year of his deal.
Britt would also be a prime candidate to be traded to a contending team. As such, the Texans could start to search for their future man in the middle in this draft. Georgia’s Trey Smith could get a close look, as well as Ohio State’s Josh Meyers.