2019 needs....

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  1. EllisUnit

    EllisUnit Serving Koolaid

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    I know this is pre mature since we're on a 9 game win streak but we have a few major flaws that we need addressed in the off season to become truly elite.

    OLINE - We all know it's a issue, we need to draft some 3rd and 4th rounders and hit the FA market IMO. Watson is to valuble to leave him unprotected like he is.

    SECONDARY - We have a good safety group IMO. But we need to upgrade the CBs IMO. Besides Joseph who else do we really have at CB, and he is getting old.

    We have won 9 games in a row with an easy schedule this season, but that ends in the playoffs where they are all pretty good teams. With the above upgrades this could be one of the most dominate teams in the NFL.
     
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  3. OptimisticTexan

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    I mentioned that I would wait until the Texans were further along before assessing the OL. I think there are a few more issues to settle than just the OL for 2019. But nothing like discussing solutions.

    First, I want a new LT but I fear the highest rated are going to be gone fast and early. Trading up to get a LT would be extremely costly and limit the ability to address other pressing needs. So, I'm going to go the route some of you have mentioned and get a veteran LT via FA and then stock up in the draft.

    Second, I'm going to need more picks to address the needs for starters and depth. If I trade back in RD1, I'm going to pick up a pick in RD3. Next, I'm going to tag Clowney and trade him while picking up a couple of picks. The good thing, there are teams with extra picks that could use or may covet Clowney if he were available. Some of you will say those teams would just draft a DE/OLB....that could be said for every veteran Pro Bowler traded before the draft for picks. A proven veteran is still a sound move for teams with the picks to spare.

    Third, I'm going to trade Fuller while he has some value b/c so far he's been exciting "when" he's been on the field. He's been out for some period of time each and every season. If the Texans could recoup a RD4 pick with this type of trade, it would be worth it. Maybe the Texans can get a replacement that can stay on the field for 16 games b/c of this trade.

    Anyhow, it may not be that far fetched to pick up 3-4 additional picks for the 2019 NFL Draft. If I got those picks.....I used a simulator to try and see what I could walk away with in the draft having 11 picks to work with. I was little more than surprised with the results:

    RD1-29 (TB): LT- Andre Dillard, (6-5 @ 306 lbs / 5.10-40) Washington State

    RD2-02 (CT): ILB- Germaine Pratt, (6-2 @ 241 lbs / 4.55-40) NC State

    RD2-25: CB- Julien Love, (5-10 @ 189 lbs / 4.40-40) Notre Dame

    RD2-27: WR- Riley Ridley, (6-2 @ 200 lbs / 4.38-40) Georgia **Speed bumps his status**

    RD3-02 (TB): OC- Dalton Risner, (6-4 @ 300 lbs / 5.20-40) Kansas State

    RD3-05 (CT): OLB- Chase Winovich, (6-3 @ 258 lbs / 4.72-40) Michigan

    RD3-26: CB- JoeJuan Williams, (6-3 @ 208 lbs / 4.48-40) Vanderbilt

    RD4-10 (FT): CB- Isaiah Johnson, (6-2 @ 198 lbs / 4.46-40) Houston

    RD5-27: DE- Corbin Kaufusi, (6-8 @ 285 lbs / 4.80-40) BYU

    RD6-26: FS- Chris Johnson, (6-2 @ 200 lbs / 4.44-40) North Alabama

    RD7-27: SS- Ulysees Gilbert III, (6-1 @ 225 lbs / 4.46-40) Akron

    (TB) Trade Back / (CT) Clowney Trade / (FT) Fuller Trade

    One thing this draft gives me....a slew of new CB's, sound help on the OL, a big presence at ILB / WR / OLB / DE, and a couple of physical speed guys on the backend for ST's as they gain experience at their respective positions.

    I would sign UFA, LT- Donovan Smith, Tampa Bay to hold down the fort in 2019 and possibly 2020, depending on how Andre Dillard progresses. Davenport and Henderson would have a big battle for a roster spot in 2019.
     
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    And some of the best luck ever witnessed in the NFL.
     
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    A new HC.....
     
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    In addition to the OP's suggestions, I can see Texans going after another WR - insurance for Fuller and Coutee who are both currently injured.
    Same goes for RB as Foreman may never fully recover from his Achilles injury.
    Don't be surprised if they go after ILB and OLB somewhere in the draft also.
    We simply must fix the oline, but, if there is an ascendant talent they place very high on their list just waiting to be picked, I can't see them passing him up.
     
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    It's not that premature. Chances are come the evening of Saturday January 5th it's what we'll be looking for. It's only 25 days away.

    OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL.
     
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    Some of the guys mentioned that trading Mercilus would be a good move. If I could get another pick, I'd be good to go considering replacing his current production isn't going to be such an uphill battle.

    In this case, I may have already answered the Mercilus trade question by already having drafted Chase Winovich and Corbin Kaufusi in this Mock.

    My guess, Mercilus probably returns the Texans a RD3 or RD4 at best b/c of the slip in production. With another pick in this mix........I'd add:

    OT- Max Scharping, (6-6 @ 320 lbs / 5.14-40) Northern Illinois

    Dillard, Risner and Scharping would be a hell of haul for the OL.
     
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    How about a merge mods?
     
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    One is draft only (in the college/draft forum). That's where most of the draft talk should go. The other includes free agency, trades, who to get rid of, cap, etc.

    Again, extensive draft prospect discussion should go in the other thread.
     


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    but you know that ain't happening
     
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    I also know if I merge them another will be started.
     
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    Good point Cak .... we know the rules, but in the moment, our exuberance and zeal draws us away .... BTW, have any of you guys seen the new Dodge Ram ??
     
  14. ArlingtonTexan

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    Some of the guys mentioned that trading Mercilus would be a good move. If I could get another pick, I'd be good to go considering replacing his current production isn't going to be such an uphill battle.

    Trading Mercilus would be a GREAT move, since he will a real candidate to be cut after this season. He has a low dead money amount, a starter contract and little production since 2016. Just as observed he appears to be highly replaceable which exact why the upset would be someone trading a player/pick of value instead just waiting for him to be cut and offering Whitney a contract closer than not to the veteran minimum.

    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/houston-texans/whitney-mercilus-9836/
     
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  15. OptimisticTexan

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    It's not the photo floating on FB where the truck had hit a telephone pole and the caption read:

    "Too Much Ram....Not Enough Dodge"

    Pretty damn funny.
     
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    Corner back
    Left Tackle
    Left Guard
    Right Tackle
    Right Guard
    Line backer
    Running Back

    In THAT particular order...
     
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    For those stating CB as the highest need... are you expecting KJax not to re-sign? I just can't see how you'd prioritize CB over LT, even if KJax signs elsewhere.
     
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    Both positions could be considered on equal footing. But the first pick has to be LT. But with JJo becoming too old to man the position and he's just not physical enough to play FS. KJo has been concussed out of the NFL and never progressed beyond his rookie season, actually he regressed. KJax is playing for a new contract and he still can't cover while chasing a receiver. KJax has gotten time at FS this season. He has proven to be plenty physical and that a lot of us were correct when we assessed that he was a natural FS playing CB.

    The Texans must address the CB's as much as they address the OT situation. That requires more picks or more money than they currently have to play with. Hence the moves I recommended above.

    I'm not blowing off the idea of trading Miller, signing Bell so the team could go into 2019 with a running game featuring Bell, Foreman and Blue. These RB's would seem to fit O'Brien's idea of a prototypical RB for his scheme. This extra pick (#6) would permit the team to grab a true blocking TE in this draft. Hard to peg his value but I'm guessing he would return a RD4 or RD5.
     
  19. TexansBull

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    I hear offensive coordinators are pretty good to have. I would get one of those.
     
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    Best available might very well be CB or edge. You don't force it. Might have to add OT in later rounds. I would love it if one of the top LT's fell to us, but if not you go with your board
     
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