The Houston Texans are hard at work as their scouting department prepares for the 2018 NFL Draft.
With the 2017 college football season winding down and the 2018 NFL Draft only five months away, NFL teams are getting their final live look at players from around the country.
It turns out that the Houston Texans had a scout in attendance during Saturday’s game between the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida.
Jeff Risdon of Texans Wire brought up a few names that might interest the Texans by the time the draft rolls around.
"South Florida CB Deatrick Nichols, an aggressive ballhawk who tackles well for his sizeUSF DT Deadrin Senat, all 6-1 and 310 very stout pounds of himUSF ILB Auggie Sanchez, a hard-hitting attack dog who fits nicely in Mike Vrabel’s 3-4 schemeUCF LB Shaquem Griffin, a hybrid LB/S prospect despite having just one handUSF QB Quinton Flowers, dual-threat option who offers some similar skills (at a lower capacity, notably as a touch passer) to Texans starter Deshaun Watson"
When looking at the players that Risdon listed, two players really stand out to me.
The first one is cornerback Deatrick Nichols, since the Texans will need to make some upgrades at the corner position in 2018. Long-time veteran Johnathan Joseph isn’t getting any younger and has looked shaky lately. Then you have Kevin Johnson who can’t seem to stay healthy while his play has been up and down this season.
I also like the sound of possibly drafting USF quarterback Quinton Flowers, since the Texans will need to find a back-up with veteran Tom Savage likely leaving as a free agent. It would be nice for them to get another dual-threat quarterback to back-up Deshaun Watson.
Houston will also need to add some more depth at linebacker with Brian Cushing’s days with the Texans likely over after this season.
Comment below and tell us which one of the players listed in this article you like the most.