Put on Your GM Cap: What to do in Round One
Ryan Reynolds, Staff Writer
With just hours to go, the 2016 NFL Draft is among us. On this day, everyone is a General Manager; everyone thinks they’re calling the right shots and those tuning in have some form of opinion on every selection.
As a journalist for the Houston Texans you can bet I’ll have my GM hat on tonight. The Houston Texans have the No. 22 overall selection, and quite frankly it’s an easy decision, it all comes down to whom. Without a doubt, I believe the Texans should take a wide receiver in the first round. The real question, is should that person be Corey Coleman, Laquon Treadwell, or Josh Doctson? Who will be available at No. 22?
In ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay’s final 2016 mock draft, McShay has Doctson as the first receiver off the board to the Cleveland Browns at No. 8. Doctson’s stock is rising, and according to an interview McShay did with SportsCenter, he said that the wide receivers in this year’s draft is all about fit. Teams with big arm quarterbacks, like Brock Osweiler of the Houston Texans, want to find a receiver that can stretch the field vertically. Both Coleman and Doctson have the ability to do that. Treadwell would be more of a fit with a team such as the Cincinnati Bengals.
So when the No. 22 pick approaches, I predict that Houston will select Doctson, and if he isn’t available, I believe the next best option is Coleman. The team already addressed the quarterback and running back situation in free agency; now they need to find another weapon to lineup opposite of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Keep an eye on Coleman and Doctson.
As for the second round, I believe that the Houston Texans should address their offensive line. The team lost two starters on the offensive front during Free Agency in center Ben Jones and guard Brandon Brooks, and now is the chance to plug in some youth and teach them the system. Notre Dame center Nick Martin would be my preferred choice in the second round.
I don’t expect the Texans either trade up or trade down. The depth of talent in this year’s draft class is off the charts, and I’m preparing for it to be one of the best drafts in recent years.
Who would you take if you were running the show? Let us know below.