1. Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
It’s time to say goodbye to Vince Wilfork at nose tackle. He didn’t help in 2015, and will be worse in 2016. Butler is a large man who will help not only in run support, but he has some athletic moves for a bug guy that can help put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
2. Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The strong safety from Florida is moving up boards as of late, and the Texans grab him in the second. Quintin Demps is back, but he isn’t the long term answer. This stellar defense gets even better with these two selections.
3. Jack Allen, C, Michigan State
For some reason teams seem to devalue the center position and this could work out in Houston’s favor as a potential long-time starter like Jack Allen could be available in Round Three.
4. Adam Gotsis, DT/DE, Georgia Tech
This guy can play football. He is under the radar and at 6-foot-5 and 278 pounds he is the perfect size to slide over to defensive end in the Texans’ 3-4 system. He could help fill the void left by Jared Crick.
5. Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina
Tight ends haven’t been working out in Houston. Maybe the Gamecock Adams could at least get some playing time in this subpar group.
5. Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota
The Texans aren’t in bad shape at corner, but a scrappy player with great confidence like Murray could push some of the vets for snaps.
6. Brett McMakin, OLB, Northern Iowa
102 tackles and 9.5 sacks is nothing to ignore, even if it was done at a smaller school like UNI. The Texans hope to get some rotational pass rush help from their last pick here.
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