Positions The Houston Texans Must Address In The 2015 NFL Draft

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet, NFL shield, stage, and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, the Houston Texans will look to prepare for the premier event of the offseason, the 2015 NFL Draft.

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It’s been a busy four days for the Texans staff, as they will compile not only the numbers from the Combine, but must now watch hours and hours of game tape on the players to try to best predict who fits this team.

While the draft is still two months away and the affects of free agency have yet to be materialize, there are five positions that the Texans must address in this draft in order to field the best team possible in 2015.

Inside Linebacker

One of the most critical positions that the Texans must address is the inside linebacker.

Brian Cushing is currently the top dog on the depth chart, but who comes after that? Akeem Dent? Mike Mohamed? Justin Tuggle?

The Texans would be wise to add an inside linebacker in the draft to develop beside Cushing. That’s even assuming he is still with the team next year.

There has been talk that Cushing may be a cap-casualty due to his high salary combined with his durability issues.


During the 2014 season, the Texans saw great production from both Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson.

But there are two glaring problems: Johnathan Joseph turns 31 in April, and Kareem Jackson is set to be a free agent.

Therefore, the Texans should look to add a cornerback at some point in this year’s draft.

Even if Jackson is resigned, Houston should be looking to add depth at corner anyways, and prepare for Joseph’s contract to expire in 2016.

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