Given that it looks like our FA pursuit over the weekend was not very successful, I thought I would look at the team position by position to get a sense of what the front office might do next. Im operating under the assumption that the team will address positions it absolutely has to have another player for before the draft, so that there is not a pure need pick (this seems to be the way they've operated in the past). I'm trying to look at who we have (just to get my head around it), and figure out if it's the type of position where we are absolutely needing someone before camp (which I think means we'll get someone there before the draft). That can be different from the places we could most improve. QB: We have Schaub and Orlovsky, plus Booty. Schaub is clearly the starter, and we have gone with 2QB in the past. Not great depth, but not an immediate need. RB/FB: We have Leach as our only FB. Foster and Moats, plus Slaton. Also have Chris Henry (forgot all about him) and Jeremiah Johnson. I think a lot of this one comes down to what the team thinks of Slatons progress if they expect him back, they wont see this as a need, but if they are writing him off, this becomes a really weak position. I cant see them going into camp with just the current group (unless they have Henry rated much higher than I realize), and I dont think theyll assume they can get what they want in the draft (see RB last year), so I think we will see some action on the RB front before the draft. TE: Daniels, Dreesen, Casey, Hill. We dont need to add anyone here WR: Johnson, Walter, Jones, Martinez, Anderson, Davis. Certainly not a need OL: Brown, Winston, Brisiel, Caldwell, Meyers, Studdard, plus I guess White and Butler (I think we tendered them). We also evidently have Brett Helms and Adam Stenavich, but I know nothing about them. That set is way too thin we will absolutely need at least one more OL, considering that I cant see them counting on Helms and Stenavich, and some others are coming off of injuries. I am a bit surprised at just how weak this group is. I would expect us to pick up someone before the draft, since I cant see us even going into the draft with this glaring of a need. DE: Williams, Smith, Barwin, Nading, Bulman, along with Jamison and Pannel Egboh (who?). We have enough to go to camp, and I dont expect to see anyone new before the draft. DT: Okoye, Okam, Cody, Robinson. Plus, Im sure we can get Zgonina if needed. The team seems pretty thin here, but Im not sure its so bad that they will feel a need to address it before the draft. LB: Ryans, Cushing, Diles, Adibi, Bentley, plus Bing and Verdell (and maybe some UFAs we could bring back without much effort). I am sure they want to solidify one more LB spot, but I think theyll be content with what they have going into the draft. CB: Reeves, Quin, McCain, Molden, Bennett, plus Parson. As much as this feels to me like an area of need, I dont think theyll necessarily see the position the same way I could see them even going into the season with that group, so Im not sure that this is a case where they have a hole they have to fill before the draft. S: Pollard, Wilson, Barber, and Troy Nolan. This is very thin they will need some help here, since I dont see them going into camp without someone else. Id expect to see some low-end Safety signed before the draft. K/P: We have Brown and Turk. Competition would be good, but its not critical to get someone new immediately. I expect them to wait. Looking over that list, the main areas I see the Texans bringing someone in, just to plug a hole, before the draft are: - Offensive Line - Running Back (depending on their evaluation of Slaton) - Safety OL is probably the only one of those where they really, really, need to get someone else, just to operate. That list is different from the areas where they most need to improve, where I think youd have to put positions like DT and CB into the mix.