Houston Texans: Looking ahead to the 2016 NFL Draft


We at Toro Times have taken a quick look at other Mock Draft sites to try and get a sense of who the experts believe the Texans will draft in 2016.

It’s only five months away, folks.

Yes, the NFL season is far from over. And the Houston Texans are tied for first in the division, fighting fiercely for a playoff spot. But that doesn’t mean we can’t look to the future and envision what next year’s roster is going to look like.

My original plan for this article was to browse through several of the most popular draft sites (WalterFootball.com, Draft Site, SB Nation) and analyze the different picks they each had made. Surprisingly  to me, they all picked the same guy, which I guess makes my job a little easier.

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So without further ado, with the blankety blank pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…

Ezekiel Elliot

Running Back, Ohio State

You may have heard of him before. Most recently, Elliot was going on a tirade about how he was fed up with what he called lousy coaching, and told reporters he would be going pro after this season.

Elliot has been the starting running back at Ohio State for the past two years, and he was the workhorse back for the 2015 National Champions. He was a huge reason why the Buckeyes advanced to the Championship game, and he ran for 230 yards on 20 carries against #1 Alabama to win. He was declared the Offensive player of the game, and vaulted into the national consideration as the top RB in this years draft (if he decided to declare).

Now you may be asking yourself, why would the Texans need to draft a running back? Well I don’t know if you’ve watched the games at all this year, but Houston has had no ground game to speak of whatsoever. Arian Foster is getting old and is consistently injured. Alfred Blue is not a legitimate starter. The Texans need a lead back to replace Foster, and so far, Elliot looks like the best option.

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Now this is still very early in the process, and lots of things will change over the next five months, but this is at least a starting point. Once the Texans finish out their season, we’ll have a much better picture on what needs to be addressed.

But hey, it’s a start.