March 19, 2018

Texans Notes: Mini Camp and the NFL Draft

The Houston Texans wrap up their final day of voluntary minicamp today, but there has been plenty of thoughts about the team to this point. The Texans are suiting up 66 players at the time being and will add 24 more players before training camp opens.

The NFL draft is closing in which makes this week one of the more exciting ones for the Texans this year.



What We Learned From Mini-Camp

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Fitzpatrick

The holes are evident on the Texans especially on defense. The offense looks intact for the exception for the future at quarterback and some shuffling that needs to occur on the offensive line. The Texans will try to fill depth needs to make sure there are some dynamic players added that can contribute in small portions when needed.

The real issues are on defense and the real issues are in the front seven. No real pass rush of the edge presence is a concern, and the lack of front line talent not named J.J. Watt on the defensive line. The Texans also need to find a third cornerback to push Brandon Harris for the position and create much-needed competition.

The quarterback situation at this point is a one horse race with Ryan Fitzpatrick and it is clear, even through two days, this is his job to lose. Being a veteran is really showing against the other two, but quarterback at this point is the weak link of the offense.

Day 1 and Day 2 Notes.


NFL Draft Prep

Fox Sport’s Jay Glazer on the news on what the Texans are asking for the #1 overall pick.



News has started to trickle out regarding the top overall pick and all signs are pointing to South Carolina defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney. There are still other possibilities for the Texans and here is a quick look.


Potential #1 Overall Picks 

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson, Auburn, Offensive Tackle

The best offensive lineman in the draft but still needs to work on his pass protection. With a serious need to upgrade needed at the right tackle position, Robinson easily makes sense and is the wild-card for the top overall selection.

SOTT Predicted Chances: 25%


Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, Quarterback

Bill O’Brien told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the quarterback is still “in the mix” for the Texans. There is a good chance that Manziel is not the top player on the Texans draft board, but the need for the Texans to find a quarterback is priority for them coming out of the draft.

SOTT Predicted Chances: 5%


Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack, Buffalo, Linebacker

A very versatile player that fits exactly what Romeo Crennel wants from his linebackers. Mack has the ability to move around to all four spots on the defense, but he is a solid player who could help this defense. Mack would help make the linebacking position a much more athletic group, but the level of competition he played against could be a slight concern.

SOTT Predicted Chances: 25%


Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina, Defensive End

A player that the sky could be the limit, and the Texans would have to make some adjustments to fit Clowney into their defense. His athletic ability is off the charts, but there will have to some major technique teaching to Clowney to help him reach his potential. Adding Clowney would help the Texans pass rush in a hurry.

SOTT Predicted Chances: 80%


Texans Trade Down from #1

The Texans are trying to trade out of the top pick which is no secret. They are asking for king’s ransom and that should be expected for the top pick. The team is trying to create a market for the selection, but the asking price could be too much for teams to match.

SOTT Predicted Chances: 5%




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