Originally Posted by Wolf6151
I agree with most of this, although I think Barwin will be back next season, I agree that we go Defense in the 1st (hopefully a NT), and then trade up into the upper 2nd round and take the best WR available, and O-line and ILB in the 3rd. I agree TE is a priority but a lower one, probably in the 5th or 6th round. Of course all of this depends on who's available to us at #27. If there's a run on WR in the 1st then we'll probably go WR so that we make sure to get a good one.
The only reason I don't believe Barwin will be back is because their are other teams switching to the 3-4 & have money to spend. Cleveland, Indy, & the Jags are just few & every season someone over spends on certain players. I think Barwin could easily be one of those players & the Texans will hav to let him walk. I don't know about NT in the 1st based on Wade's philosophy. He simply doesn't seem to put much emphasis on the position using smaller players & not necessarily the most talented ones. I don't think Cody had much to offer & he kept plugging him in. I think Mitchell will be given the nod from here on out & they possibly draft another in the mid to lower round. I hope I'm wrong, but based on Wade's history I wouldn't be surprised if NT is overlooked again.
02/22/13 - Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert is widely considered one of the top tight end prospects in this draft class, and he might be the first player selected at the position. But as talented as he is, especially as a pass-catcher, Eifert understands that he needs to improve as a blocker. “Blocking has been what everyone said I was lacking,” Eifert said. “So I've spent a lot of time working on my blocking with coaches, working on the technique things. The little things like footwork and hand placement. It's the little things that make a big difference.”
Originally Posted by 76Texan
I would prefer for us not to draft a TE in the first round; however, that doesn't mean Tyler Eifert is only known as a pass catching TE. He's a complete TE who can help both phases of the offense. He's strong enough to block in-line and he's quick enough to perform a wham block or a cross block.
Now I have read that Eifert looks as if he improved his blocking this last season, but one thing is for sure...he is known as a pass catching TE & even he realizes that based on his quote above. Eifert even stated that he tried convincing the Texans that he was capable of blocking by using his film in their interview. If he was truly a "complete" player at TE then there would be no need to prove anything. His past performances would speak for themselves. Obviously that's not the case by Eiferts own admission.
The Texans are in the same position they were last season concerning the TE position & were even worse off concerning the salary cap when the highly touted Fleener was coming out & they chose to stay put w/ Graham & OD. I don't see the situation changing because OD had a very good season & Graham showed he could contribute. TE is not a need & I believe it is down the list based on that. Eifert would be a great addition if there were not other glaring needs.