Here are your daily Texans stories for Friday:
Texans great cap situation by 247sports
"The Texans will have the luxury to make moves when the offseason officially gets underway in March, and that is reflected inSpotrac.com’s 2016 Financial Power Rankings.The organization came in just outside of the top five at the sixth spot. The rankings are determined by examining the team’s cap space compared with returning players and returning projected starters. The Texans hit a home run across the board in all these departments due to their youth movement."
O’Brien optimistic about future by Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle
"Two seasons into his tenure in Houston, O’Brien is coming off an AFC South Division title won with the use of four quarterbacks. The Texans featured a resurgent defense headlined by end J.J. Watt and an offense led by Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, but they were shut out by the Chiefs. O’Brien is convinced the Texans have a strong future after going 18-14 over the past two years.“Absolutely, we feel good about the direction we’re headed,” O’Brien said. “We’ve got a good core group of players. I feel good about the way these guys practiced and the way they’ve bought into the team concept of what we’re trying to do. I think we’ve got a good future.”"
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Revisiting the 2011 draft by Mel Kiper, ESPN
"The 2011 draft class is already a great one, but it’s also one that illustrates the reality of where talent comes from in any given class.In a nutshell: A good chunk of the best talent will come from Round 1, and often early, but after that it can come from just about anywhere. We hear endless references to Tom Brady being taken at No. 199 overall as a source of “You never know!” statements and sources of inspiration, but the reality is guys taken in that range are about 50-50 shots to make the team in Year 1, much less become a star. That said, every year we see stars emerge from down the draft board. Again: every year. And the 2011 class, while loaded with stars from the first round, is another example in which one of the best players in the class, and now the entire league, had 153 players selected ahead of him."
Pro Bowlers enjoying it by Drew Dougherty, Houstontexans.com
"The first Pro Bowl practice for DeAndre Hopkins was quite a contrast from a typical Texans practice back in Houston.And not just because the tempo and physicality were more relaxed.“Words can’t really describe it until you get out here,” the wide receiver said of Oahu’s North Shore. “You see the mountains and the ocean right beside it. Only place I’ve been like that was Cali, but this is on a whole different level.”"