Re: What I would do with the power this offseason
Texans Prioritized Draft Needs
There are more holes on the defensive side of the ball so Iíd expect the pick to be made on that side of the ball regardless of the offenseís postseason struggles. There arenít many quality options out there this offseason for linebackers that would fit in the middle of a Wade Phillips 3-4 so if Minter is still available at 27 he would be difficult to pass up. That being said, a massive, athletic run stuffer like John Jenkins may be available at this spot to come in and take some of the double teams off JJís shoulders while allowing the linebackers to focus on their coverage responsibilities. If we go offense, I would like an outside burner like Quinton Patton out of La. Tech to immediately take the top off defenses, similar to Torrey Smith did for Flacco when he first came out.
If we go defense in the first, Iíd expect to see the trigger pulled on a playmaker for Schaub in round 2. If Rick and Kubes are confident in the strength of their locker room, Iíd love to see what DaíRick Rogers could do in a Texanís uni. Terrance Williams and Robert Woods could prove beneficial as well. Gavin Escobar and Travis Kelce are both Gronk sized options that are likely to be here and could contribute in the red zone immediately. Escobar is the more proven receiving option while Kelce made his name in the trenches and only showed real potential to be a legit receiving option his senior year. Sylvester Williams may be around here if NT isnít addressed in round one (no value ILB options here).
If Houston receives a third round compensatory pick for Mario I would want us to try packaging our first pick in the round to move up and take a chance on a falling lineman to help shore up the right side. DJ Fluker is a Saban tutored Brandon Brooks-like athletic freak who may fall to the beginning of round 3 due to his struggles in pass protection last season while playing outside at tackle. I think he could step in and become an instant asset as a road grater at guard for a zone blocking scheme like ours. Brennan Williams earned his right tackle spot at NC in a blue collar fashion and was proving to be an effective two year starter before tearing his labrum with four games left last year. He doesnít provide any kind of versatility but has the same build and aptitudes as Winston showed during his time here. Levine Toilolo is a 6í8Ē 265 lb. Stanford grad playing TE. Is a LeBron James sized man with an education and leaping ability worth looking into? If ILB hasnít been addressed by now the compensatory pick should be used on a complement for Cush. DeVonte Holloman is a converted safety with some size who may struggle early in run support but offers a quality option for covering big guys in the slot on nickel and dime situations.