Replacing A.J. Bouye in the NFL draft might make sense for the Houston Texans.
NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock spoke with the media during a conference call on Monday and stated that this year’s crop of cornerbacks is very strong.
This really got me thinking.
If the Houston Texans end up losing star cornerback A.J. Bouye in free agency. Their plan could be to replace him with someone from this year’s draft.
There are 10 cornerbacks alone in Daniel Jeremiah’s top 50 NFL prospects. Here’s the list as well as each player’s ranking:
3. Marshon Lattimore – Ohio State
14. Sidney Jones – Washington
19. Tre’Davious White – LSU
20. Teez Tabor – Florida
22 Quincy Wilson – Florida
29. Gareon Conley – Ohio State
36. Marlon Humphrey – Alabama
37. Adoree Jackson – USC
47. Fabian Moreau – UCLA
48. Jourdan Lewis – Michigan
There’s probably no way Marshon Lattimore and Sidney Jones will be available when the Texans are picking at 23. But they might be able to land someone like Tre’Davious White. Nonetheless, the Texans will have their fair share of cornerbacks to pick from if they decide to go that route in the early rounds.
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I’ve already stated in a previous article that I believe the best move for the Texans would be to trade Johnathan Joseph and then re-sign Bouye. But it wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Texans instead decide to keep Joseph and then take a cornerback in either the first or second round in order to fill Bouye’s spot.
Of course there’s a lot risk involved in bringing in a rookie right away that could be forced into playing a big role. But Houston may not have a choice. It’s why people like general manager Rick Smith get paid the big bucks.
These certainly are the things that the Texans are currently weighing with free agency only days away from kicking off.
Should the Texans re-sign Bouye or let him walk and draft someone?
Comment below and tell us what you think Houston should do.