4 mistakes the Houston Texans must avoid in the off-season
Failing to add to the secondary
Between Kareem Jackson and Tyrann Mathieu, one will likely be back to fill the void of a strong safety for the Texans. However, after filling in the safety positions, the rest of what the secondary will look like is unknown.
Although longtime starter Johnathan Joseph will be back in 2019, he will be 35 years old — ancient for cornerbacks. Other cornerbacks on the roster, Aaron Colvin, and Kevin Johnson haven’t proved that they can start on a consistent basis; making their need for cornerback just that much more important.
Previously mentioned Ronald Darby is a viable option to help, but he isn’t worth top five cornerback money he might be asking for. Experienced cornerbacks including Jason McCourty, Rashaan Melvin, and Morris Claiborne might also be worth taking looks at as they will surely ask for less money than Darby.
However, like the running back and offensive line draft classes, the 2019 cornerback class is filled with talent across the board. Potential day one starters Julian Love, Amani Oruwariye, Trayvon Mullen, and Joejaun Johnson are players that could easily be around when the Texans pick in the second, and the Texans would be wise to pick one
If general manager Brian Gaine doesn’t see the draft or free agency as an option to bolster the secondary, there are some talented names that could potentially be on the trade block such as Xavier Rhodes, Xavien Howard, and Josh Norman.
If the Texans don’t upgrade their secondary in a big way, teams will again have their way against the Texans pass defense despite having a strong pass rush.