The Houston Texans had a solid draft this past weekend, and according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle they did better than the defending AFC South champs, the Indianapolis Colts. In his report card for all teams, the Texans finished a flu grade (B) higher than the Colts did.
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While Indianapolis did get some talented players like receiver Phillip Dorsett and corner D’Juan Smith, they really didn’t do enough to help their defense of their defense or improve their offensive line. Both of those were the undoing of the high powered offensive that quarterback Andrew Luck and Indy provided.
The Texans on the other hand got three guys in their first three rounds who can either start or make a great impact from week one. Corner Kevin Johnson provides a good third defensive back, which is a huge need against a team like the Colts who led the NFL in passing yards in 204.
Benardrick McKinney in round two brings a potential day-one starter who brings some force with him on every tackle. At 6’5″ and 249 pounds, he is a true run stuffer and will help the Texans immediately.
Then the man I believe was the steal of the draft, Jaelen Strong, the wide out from Arizona State who slipped all the way to the third round. How much of a steal was Strong? The Colts top pick Dorsett, stands 5’10” and 185 pounds and in 13 games had 36 catches for 871 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. The ASU receiver stands 6’2″ and 217 pounds and in his final year grabbed 82 catches for 1,165 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Some will point to Dorsett’s 24 yards per catch, but it will be much harder to get deep that often in the NFL, especially when the team already has an under 6′ deep threat in T.Y. Hilton.
The Texans made the smarter picks in my opinion and addressed nearly every need that they had. Their offense will look much more explosive with the new wide outs they brought in, which include Cecil Shorts III and Nate Washington.
All these moves have improved the Texans, who finished 9-7 last year. But is it enough to de-throne the defending champs of the AFC South? We want to know if you think it is enough, or if there is still work to do.
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