Houston Texans: Rating the Nick Caserio hire as new GM
By Pavithr Goli
Negatives of Caserio’s NFL Draft past
One main weakness of Nick Caserio in his general manager capacities would be his drafting abilities. Over the past eight years, the Patriots have drafted quite poorly as they have been unable to land good talent in the NFL Draft, especially during the first couple of important rounds.
Finding talent is incredibly important in building a franchise towards success. Especially for a franchise that lacks cap space and draft capital, it is critical that a front office is able to find good talent during the draft using their limited opportunities.
Caserio’s track record in the past has not indicated that he would be successful in such an important area of his job. An argument can be made as to how much those draft decisions were based upon Caserio or Belichick. Because the Patriots front office situation was so precarious in that Belichick played such an important role in the executive position, it is hard to differentiate between what was Caserio’s influence and what was Belichick’s influence.
Despite that, it is still important to note the weaknesses that Caserio has had in this department. If the Houston Texans can hire some strong scouting candidates and improve the holistic approach towards evaluating young collegiate talent, Caserio might be able to change his unsuccessful track record and ensure that the Texans have a strong future and foundation to build upon.