The 2015 NFL Draft is less than a week away and there are rumors about every team and every prospect out there. The Houston Texans may have been relatively quiet, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t been linked to several players in the months leading up to the biggest weekend of the entire offseason.
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So who exactly have the Texans been rumored to be zeroing in on? Most experts seemed to originally believe the team was set on drafting a wide receiver, and Louisville wide out DeVante Parker was the name most commonly thrown out as a potential Texan. NFL media analyst Curtis Conway spoke back in March about what a good fit Parker would be in Houston. Here at the Toro Times, we also had Parker landing in Houston back in our March mock draft.
There was also chatter about Texans coach Bill O’Brien looking at his former guys from Penn State. Such players as safety Adrian Amos, inside linebacker Mike Hull and tight end Jesse James have all been mentioned as being targets of the Houston Texans. They all would fill a need and have ties to O’Brien.
At one point most of those guys seemed to be considered 4th round picks or later. However, with solid showings at the combine and pro-days, each one may have moved themselves up much higher, perhaps even out of a spot the Texans would feel comfortable taking them.
Then the bigger names began to surface as there were reports of the team talking to Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, who said it would be awesome to learn from Texans’ star halfback Arian Foster.
Most recently the team has brought in a couple other big names to get a pre-draft look at. Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, who was mocked to the Texans at one point by Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network, and Nebraska outside linebacker Randy Gregory, who John McClain of the Houston Chronicle pegged as the Texans top pick in his third mock draft.
So with all the talk and supposed interest, who can Texans fans expect to see wearing their teams colors come opening day? That’s the question most of us can’t wait to find out. I myself, being an Arizona State alum, would be thrilled to see Strong be the selection, although if Gregory (a top ten talent if not for a failed drug test) were to fall, it would be almost impossible to pass him up.
DeVante Parker will almost surely be gone, as will Shane Ray. Melvin Gordon could still be there, but is running back as serious a need as these other positions?
We also can’t forget that the team just cut long-time starting center Chris Myers. Are they comfortable with sliding guard Ben Jones over to center, or do they take a long look at Florida State center Cameron Erving? He is the best center available in the draft, but with the Texans picking 16th, that may be too high for him.
All the talk about the draft is nearly as much fun as actually watching it all unfold, and I want our readers to get involved too and let us know what they think. Feel free to answer the poll and leave a comment if there is another player you wish to see the team grab. What do you, the fans, hope to see happen come draft day?
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