The Houston Texans made trades for Duke Johnson and Carlos Hyde last season, and both worked out well for the organization. Hyde especially, as he rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Running back is a position that is losing value in the league. As teams believe that they can find a replacement in the mid to late rounds of the draft to prevent them from paying top dollar for a position that often has a short career.
Keeping Hyde would be a smart move for the Texans even if they intend on adding a ball carrier in the 2020 NFL Draft. Hyde was able to carry the load through the year and he and Johnson combined to be a nice compliment of each other.
LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be a great addition for the Texans. He proved to be versatile for the National Champions in being able to catch passes out of the backfield and get tough yards between the tackles.
Edwards-Helaire is a similar tough runner to Hyde and both posted similar 40-yard dash times. Hyde a 4.62 and Edwards-Helaire a 4.60. If nothing else, Hyde is a good example that the time posted will not necessarily reflect in a poor career for Edwards-Helaire.
Ensuring that Deshaun Watson continues to have a strong running attack would be great to keep a balanced attack for the offense.