Houston Texans Draft Focus: Inside Linebacker

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Oct 9, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing (56) before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With the 2015 NFL Draft just around the corner, Houston Texans fans are ready to end the waiting and find out what the team will do with the 16th pick. Will it be a wide receiver? A pass rusher? An cornerback?

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Unfortunately, none of these positions address the potentially biggest need on the Texans’ roster: inside linebacker. Because the Texans run a 3-4 defense, there need to be two starting ILBs on the field at all times. Brian Cushing is the only real star at the position, and he’s not only had problems with durability, but his contract is also almost up.

Inside linebacker is always a tough position to draft for, and this year is no different. The first few prospects are significantly higher graded than the rest of the field.

If the Texans are smart (and lucky), they might be able to address this need while also getting a great value player in either Round 1 or 2. Because of the drop-off in talent, Houston would be wise to take one of the better prospects towards the top of the draft. Here are a few potential players the Houston Texans could take:

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