Houston Texans draft: Previewing defensive line depth

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Final Takeaways

The Houston Texans aren’t necessarily hurting for another 3-4 defensive end heading into this year’s draft, but it could be a position they address once they are on the clock. Especially considering the uncertainty facing Jernigan and Watkins beyond this season.

Texans can’t have enough young talented defensive lineman that are under contract on their reasonable rookie deals with their cap space being reduced with upcoming contract extensions.

They could utilize a powerful interior three-down defensive lineman that could disrupt the passer and clog up the running game like Ross Blacklock from TCU.

On a similar note, Texans could really use a defensive lineman with the capabilities of being an edge rusher like Watt. Those don’t grow on trees, but there are players that could serve both roles in A.J. Epenesa from Iowa or James Lynch from Baylor. Lynch seems more attainable in the second round, but the Texans do have the means to move up if they find a coveted player they want to add to the defense near the range of their first pick.

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It will be interesting to see what direction the Texans want to go with their 40th overall pick in the draft after having a busy offseason.