Houston Texans: Projected starting lineup before the NFL Draft
WR: Will Fuller, Kenny Stills, Randall Cobb
Many pundits have been quick to label the Houston Texans receivers corps as a “liability” due to their lack of a true No. 1 superstar. However, it is entirely possible for this group to find success due to their wide variety of skill sets and the ability to spread the field.
First off, this is the definition of a make or break year for fifth-year speedster Will Fuller. He is playing on a fifth-year option and has yet to play an entire season without succumbing to injury, which has always been his Achilles heel.
More accurately, it has been his ACL tear, hamstring sprain, clavicle fracture, broken ribs and knee strain. Fuller is a touchdown machine on the field but has never operated as the lead dog on offense, so keeping both him and Kenny Stills is imperative to success in the passing game.
Newcomer to the roster, Randall Cobb, figures to operate mostly out of the slot, and he has only one career season with more than 955 yards receiving in 2014. The Texans will likely look to draft a wide receiver with one of their second-round picks in a historically loaded draft at that position.
TE: Darren Fells
After bringing back their entire tight end group from 2019, the Houston Texans appear comfortable with Darren Fells as their primary option. His savvy play on the goal line helps his case over Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins, though a wild-card to consider is Kahale Warring.
The third-round draft pick out of San Diego State spent all of last season on IR, but figures to play a larger role on a team that can use as many targets as possible.