Houston Texans: ESPN re-draft makes for exciting duo

Saquon Barkley (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Saquon Barkley (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

ESPN re-drafted the entire NFL, and the players for the Houston Texans would be an exciting duo.

Due to there not being much happening in the NFL, their football reporters, including Sarah Barshop of their Houston Texans site, re-drafted the entire league through four rounds. If that re-drafted Texans team were able to happen, it would be exciting, to say the least.

Sadly, Deshaun Watson would not be a member of the Houston Texans in this draft, and neither was J.J. Watt, as they are currently the two best current Texans players on the roster. The four players Barshop selected for the Texans were wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, running back Saquon Barkley, quarterback David Carr and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

The first two picks of this re-draft for the Texans is what make a person excited, because those players are currently two of the very best at their positions in the NFL, and if Hopkins was back with the Houston Texans, that would be a good fix to the Texans trading him in the first place.

Barshop also drafted Hopkins at 26th overall, then turned around and selected Barkley at 39th overall. To be honest, for those two going that deep in a re-draft, those selections are GM of the Year-type selections.

We all know how great of a player Hopkins is, but Barkley is a player to be excited about, because if he were to be teammates with Hopkins, as Barshop wrote in the article:

"“I was shocked to see Barkley on the board for my next pick, so I opted to go for the best running back-wide receiver combo in the league.”"

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As someone who has been a fan of Barkley since his collegiate days at Penn State, if he had a much better team who were playoff contenders — he’s currently a member of the New York Giants — Barkley would be without a doubt the best running back in the league.

Also when imagining the Houston Texans with Barkley, if he were on the current Texans roster with their revamped offensive line, how great would it be to see him run behind the blocks of Laremy Tunsil or Tytus Howard?

According to Pro Football Focus, Saquon Barkley had 217 carries last season for 1,003 yards and six touchdowns, plus he rushed for 4.6 yards per carry. Barkley’s grade this past season was 72.2. For a couple more stats by Barkley in 2019, he was targeted 69 times where he caught 52 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns.

If this Texans team were to be chosen, there isn’t much to get angry about, because Barkley in the second round is my favorite pick of the four made.

Looking at the rivals of the Texans, the Colts would have Joe Burrow as their starting quarterback in the first round, while Jacksonville’s first rounder was quarterback Dak Prescott. The Tennessee Titans took Tyreek Hill in the first round, and their quarterback came in the second round, that being Cam Newton.

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Lists like these are always fun in the offseason, and they’re fun to discuss. If there was one player in the NFL you could select to restart the Houston Texans, who would you choose and why?