Is time running out for the Houston Texans to win Super Bowl with current roster?
In the 2017 NFL Draft, there were two other quarterbacks taken before the Houston Texans selected Deshaun Watson in the first round, and they were Mitchell Trubisky to the Chicago Bears and Patrick Mahomes to the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the span of those two years, the NFL has seen the Kansas City Chiefs make it to the AFC Championship under a sophomore quarterback, and someone other than the Green Bay Packers win the NFC North.
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Some may ask how has Chicago made it to the next level of development and Houston didn’t while they both won their division.
In the past five seasons, Houston has made it to the playoffs three times, whereas Chicago has made it once and gone from fourth in the division to first. For Houston to make it to the next level, it would require them to win the Wild Card and then win the divisional round.
The question is why have these teams reached the next level but the Texans haven’t made it past the Wild Card round? The answer is simple, the organization has not efficiently built the team around Watson. Outside of DeAndre Hopkins, the rest of the team is full of questions.
Will Fuller is great when he is able to be on the field by averaging 14.59 yards per reception, but has missed 17 games throughout his career. Not to mention, Lamar Miller just is not cutting it as a franchise running back on a path to a championship.
Kansas City and Chicago are building their roster to win a championship now before having to pay both Mahomes and Trubisky franchise quarterback money. As seen with Chicago going after David Montgomery and signing Khalil Mack. Then there is Kansas City signing Sammy Watkins to compliment Tyreek Hill.
With that being said, what can the Texans do to change that?
First off, the Texans can shore up their defense by extending Jadeaveon Clowney for a possible Super Bowl run. From there, they can go after one of the Top 2 blue chip prospect in the 2020 NFL Draft like Travis Etienne who is averaging 8.1 yards per carry for a total of 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2018 at Clemson.
Another prospect is Jonathan Taylor who averaged 7.1 yards per carry with a total of 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns at Wisconsin. Both of the prospects have the potential to be a franchise running back for the organization, and could potentially help elevate the team past the Wild Card Round.
Finally, if Fuller or Coutee do not pan out as a starter opposite of Hopkins, they can go after a high-end wide receiver to compliment Hopkins such as Tyler Boyd who is the compliment to A.J. Green. Boyd reached 1,028 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 76 receptions for the Bengals. Houston could also go after Robert Woods in a trade after he averaged 14.2 yards per reception for a total of 1,219 yards.
While it is not likely the organization would make any trade for a veteran player these are just some options that could make sense to help the roster have a better chance at the Super Bowl.