So the 2015 Draft is done and the Texans have made their selections. How will the acquisition of these players effect the rest of the roster? Well let’s take a look at these draft picks to see exactly how:
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Hello Kevin Johnson, Goodbye Jonathan Joseph. Plain and simple, Joseph’s days as a Texan are numbered. There seems to be an inverse relationship between Joseph’s performance and his impact on the salary cap. He was scheduled to be a free agent next season anyway. Expect the Texans to attempt to trade him and if that doesn’t happen within the next week then I expect him to be cut. Designating him as a June 1st cut saves the team $8.5 million according to Overthecap.com
Benardrick McKinney was most often compared to Brian Cushing. Well, irony at it’s finest. He was drafted in the 2nd round after the Texans traded up to the 43rd overall pick to acquire his services. Although he isn’t nearly as athletic as a (healthy) Cush, this could be the beginning of the end for Cushing here in Houston.
As for the rest of the draft, you will see the remaining picks in intense battles to make the 53 man roster, and honestly I like all of their odds:
Wide Receivers Jaelen Strong and Keith Mumphery should beat Nate Washington in training camp in a position battle and force the veteran to miss the cut for the 53 man squad. Strong and Mumphrey are both quality receivers with good hands who come from complicated offensive systems. I expect both guys to fit in very well with Coach Bill O’Brien’s scheme.
Linebacker Reshard Cliett, Defensive Tackle Christian Covington and Running Back Kenny Hilliard are all going to have uphill battles to make the opening day roster, however if they can prove themselves to be developmental players then I’m certain that they will be retained on the practice squad.
Overall it was a solid (and yes not “exciting”) draft for the team.