Houston Texans: Re-Ranking the AFC South after two new coaching hires
Third place in the AFC South rankings: The Houston Texans
Houston just edges out Jacksonville in these rankings, and here’s why. For starters, as awkward as Nick Caserio is, Caserio has a much better track record as a GM than Baalke does. Caserio also got quite the contribution out of his draft class last year despite his first selection being in the third round (Davis Mills).
The Houston Texans had a slightly better offense than Jacksonville (30th compared to 32nd), and Brandin Cooks is the most dynamic player on offense between these two teams. Houston also had three of its four wins on the season come from within the division.
That included a surprising upset of the Titans in November and a very close game in the season finale as well. However, with the third overall pick and a solid coaching hire in Lovie Smith, Houston could be set to surprise a few more teams.
Houston has around $19M in cap space, so unless a Deshaun Watson trade happens that relives a lot of cap space, don’t expect Houston to make a big splash in free agency.