Positions I think we need to fill in the 1st 3 rounds are: 1) Earl Thomas FS We all know that the Texans have neglected to draft a safety in the early rounds for 8 straight years. They got extremely lucky last year to pick up Pollard after being cut by KC. Lets get a stud free safety to pair with him. The Texan's cb's could be much more agressive knowing they have a true cover safety behind them. A really good free safety improves the entire secondary. I believe it has been one of the main reasons why Peyton Manning beats the Texans every year. Take a look at the Texans past draft history for safety. Its really ugly. 2002-round 5-(pick 153)-Ramon Walker 2004-round 4-(pick 122)-Glenn Earl 2005-round 6-(pick 188)-CC Brown 2007-round 5-(pick 144)-Brandon Harrison 2008-round 6-(pick 173)-Dominique Barber 2009-round 7-(pick 223)-Troy Nolan runner ups-Taylor Mays, Nate Allen, Morgan Burnett 2) Dan Williams DT The Texans have treated the defensive tackle position as a major priority in past drafts but have never really hit a home run yet. They are certainly due and I believe the odds favor them hitting at least a triple with big Dan. He is the mountain in the middle that Okam should be but just doesn't seem to have the skill set and desire to be. Williams would plug the middle and keep our linebackers free to roam and do nasty things. We never should have drafted Travis Johnson or Amobi Okoye. Both times the Texans passed on better players to draft these guys and I don't know any fans that wanted either one of them or even had them on their radar. Not that what a fan wants matters. runner ups-Terrence Cody, Cam Thomas, Linval Joseph I'll be honest with you. The following 3 positions of need I list are ones that I just don't see a huge difference in talent between the players that are graded out to go in the first 3 rounds of the draft. That means that there is better value in taking these positions after the 1st round imho. Only rb being borderline because of the lack of depth in this year's class for the type of back the Texans need.d. 3) Joe Haden CB I don't think losing Dunta Robinson will impact the Texans defense negatively in any way. He didn't want to be here and his play was just not the same after the injury. The Texans are serviceable at cb right now if nothing else is done. But you know Rick Smith is going to draft a cb. Haden most likely won't be there when the Texans pick so I can't see grabbing one in the 1st unless all other options are gone. Then they may be forced into taking a guy like Kyle Wilson who is good but just not so good that he distinguishes himself from the rest of the pack that is graded out in the 1st 3 rounds. runner ups- Kyle Wilson, Chris Cook, Brandon Ghee, Amari Spievey, Dominique Franks, Perrish Cox, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Kareem Jackson, A.J. Jefferson, Patrick Robinson 4) Ryan Mathews RB The Texans have never spent a 1st round pick on a rb but this may be the year they finally do. As Cak has pointed out numerous times the Texans did try and move back into the first round of the 2006 draft to get DeAngelo Williams. He was drafted by Carolina with the 27th pick and the Texans were sitting with the 1st pick of the 2nd round (33rd) where they ended up taking Demeco Ryans after failing to move up. This year the Texans need a back to compliment Steve Slaton. Someone that can get the ball across the goal line and pick up the tough yards when they are absolutely crucial to keep a drive alive or run out the clock. He needs to be able to block for Schaub and pick up blitzes. Mathews seems fill all these qualifications. And if you can believe the rumors flying around this time of year so close to the draft then you likely have heard the Texans love him. Whether its a smokescreen for San Diego or some other team we just have to wait and see. runner ups- Ben Tate, Jonathan Dwyer, Toby Gerhart, Montario Hardesty 5) Mike Iupati G The Texans don't spend 1st round picks on the OL like the Oilers did and it shows. Chris Meyers and Kasey Studdard are scrub reserves that are starting for the Texans. Getting 2 guys to replace them would go a long way in improving the running game. They have Caldwell that could push for a starting job at center but who knows. They also picked up Wade Smith who could also push for a starting job. I have to defer to the scouts on this one because after I saw Iupati get abused at the Senior Bowl it kind of soured me on him. If the Texans think they could draft this guy and make a probowl caliber guard out of him for the next 10 years or so then by all means do it. runner ups- Mike Johnson, Maurkice Pouncey, Charles Brown, Vladimir Ducasse, J.D. Walton, Marshall Newhouse, Mitch Petrus, Rodger Saffold The Texans can only fill 3 out of the 5 positions I listed in the first 3 rounds so lets hear what you would do.