Houston Texans Friday Roundup


Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Houston Texans center Chris Myers (55) leads the team out of the tunnel against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts won 25-3. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Once this weekend is over and the Super Bowl is complete Sunday evening all the NFL teams turn back in 0-0 for the offseason. That will leave the Houston Texans equal with the rest of the NFL, at least in the standings.

Let’s face it, the Texans have a good bit of work ahead of them, we all know that, but it is still a good thing with the 2013 season finally being behind every team and we all can start to really focus on the offseason.

One article on the ESPN.com site by Tania Ganguli is about how Peyton Manning helped AFC running backs.

Ganguli wrote:

"“It’s no coincidence that three of the five running backs with the highest average per year salaries are in the division in which Manning spent the first 14 years of his career. One of the best ways to stop Manning is by keeping him off the field with a clock-eating running game. Thus, the AFC South featured not just defenses, but also offenses designed to neutralize him.”"

Even with the highest-paid running backs in their rosters, Manning still dominated the AFC South more often than naught, as he did lead the Indianapolis Colts to two Super Bowls and one championship while in Indy.

In an article on NFL.com, they wrote about how Houston Chronicle writer John McClain says the Texans will draft one of the Top 3 quarterbacks in the draft this May.

The article quoted McClain by saying:

"“Each day I get asked multiple times: Who are Texans drafting? I tell them 1 of the 3 top QBs. Forget about any other position. I believe Texans will keep the top pick and take the highest-rated QB on their board. Too early to say who at this point. Lots of time left.”"

I agree the Texans will most likely draft a QB, but they could always surprise everyone as draft day nears.

Over at NFL Mocks, they completed a 2nd round Mock Draft, having the Texans selecting Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix at No. 33 overall.

The article said:

"“Stopping the run wasn’t always easy for the Houston Texans in 2013.  By adding Louis Nix to their defensive front, that job becomes easier while at the same time putting some in the middle who will draw blocks away from J.J. Watt.”"

I believe the Texans need to draft a defensive tackle in the draft, but there is good value in the later rounds of the draft at this position. Just my opinion though. I have the Texans taking offensive tackle Morgan Moses (Virginia) at the top of the second round.