2. Running Back
Arian Foster most likely will be gone before the season begins for two reasons. One, he simply cannot stay healthy as the last time he made it through a whole season was 2012. Two, he makes entirely too much money for a team that desires to be pass centric.
What Houston needs to do in this draft is find someone who can jump in and provide an instant upgrade over their current group of Alfred Blue, Chris Polk and Jonathan Grimes. Polk and Blue underwhelmed this season, while Grimes looks to be topped out as a third-down back.
Should the Texans move on from their franchise rushing leader, many experts believe that the replacement can be found with their first pick of the draft.
While first round running backs are rare, Houston has been linked to the best back in the 2016 draft in the opening round. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliot seems to be the only back anyone deems worthy of a first round choice, and he could be a steal at 22 for the Texans.
If Elliott goes early, or Houston decides a first rounder is too pricey for a running back, there will still be plenty of talented players to choose from. Alabama’s Derrick Henry is a bulldozer on the field and may slip into the second round.
Devontae Booker from Utah is a nice back as well, but perhaps the steal of the draft could come from the back that did it all for Louisiana Tech, Kenneth Dixon.
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