Randy Gurzi, Editor
Here we go everyone, follow along with me as I put my Houston Texans GM hat on. There’s two options for me if I’m calling the shots. Scenario one is reliant on a quarterback falling.
Don’t worry though, I believe Brock Osweiler is more than capable of being the guy in Houston, but that doesn’t mean the Texans can’t use a QB who drops.
We all know Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are going one, two, but where does Paxton Lynch of Memphis fall? If he falls to 22, the Texans may be on the phone with either the Denver Broncos (who own pick 31) or Dallas Cowboys (who own pick 34).
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Ideally I would look to deal with Dallas who reportedly covets Lynch, but won’t take him with their fourth pick. Getting Dallas’ 34 allows me to still get a quality pick, while potentially snagging another in the 3rd Round (and their 3rd is much higher than Denver’).
In this scenario I shore up the tight end spot with Stanford’s Austin Hooper at 34 and with the Texans original 2nd Round pick I grab Notre Dame center Nick Martin to help revamp the O-Line.
Scenario two involves simply staying put. In other words I’m open to moving down, but not paying a high price to movd up.
In this scenario I go against the norm. With most people clamoring for a receiver, I opt to trust DeAndre Hopkins and hope for growth from Jaelen Strong in year two. With that in mind, my choice is Alabama center Ryan Kelly.
Why the center love in both scenarios? It’s the most underrated position on any football team and Houston just lost a good one in Ben Jones.
Kelly would be a day one starter and help in more ways than just one. It may not be the glamorous pick, but it would fill a huge need while also netting a guy who is the best at his position in this draft.