With the first round of cuts in and the final cuts looming just a couple of days away, the conversation of debating everyone’s 53-man roster prediction for the Houston Texans has begun to change gears. With nine selections in the 2013 draft trying to make a team that is pretty loaded, is there a chance for one or more of those picks to not make the final 53?
The easy answers here are the first two picks, DeAndre Hopkins and D.J. Swearinger, being a definite yes. Hopkins for obvious reasons and Swearinger because the team is starting to talk crazy, like starting Shiloh Keo at safety crazy, due to lack of depth at the position. But after those two, things get a little fuzzy.
The two third round selections have battled injuries, and other drama, since the first day of training camp. Sam Montgomery was said to be so out of shape upon arrival at camp that he couldn’t even pass a conditioning test. Whereas Brennan Williams has fought knee problems since OTAs.
One seems to be an easy IR stash, if they choose to go that way with Williams. He’s the long-term guy at right tackle and was never in the plans this year. But Montgomery is a different situation altogether.
I don’t imagine they’ll cut a third round selection after a bad camp, but Montgomery certainly hasn’t gotten in head coach Gary Kubiak‘s good graces up to this point.
Fourth round selection Trevardo Williams seems to be the groupthink guy to be a surprising cut. I’m not one of them, however. He hasn’t had a good showing up to this point, but he’s raw, changing positions and not in the plans for this season. With all of the questions marks at outside linebacker, they would like to have seen more, but I don’t imagine they’ll give up on him this fast.
David Quessenberry already seems like the biggest steal of the draft for this team and there is even talk of him getting some snaps at left guard if Wade Smith can’t come back in time for the opener. He’s about as good of a lock for the final roster as Hopkins is.
With the final three sixth round guys, it’s going to be close. Ryan Griffin almost assuredly will be on the final roster as a blocking tight end that the team needs. Alan Bonner, who has been nursing a sore hamstring all preseason, is another one likely headed to the IR for the season. The numbers at wide receiver weren’t in his favor as is, so it’s probably a blessing in disguise.
Chris Jones has been somewhat of a disappointment in camp, depending on who you ask. He was thought of as a potential backup to Earl Mitchell at the nose, but Terrell McClain stole that job away in my opinion. It will come down to if the team keeps him or veteran Daniel Muir for the final 53. Neither could make it, though, and that would mean Jones is a likely candidate for the team practice squad.
It’s hard to get a good feel on this draft class because everyone seems to have been battling an injury or two. But Hopkins and Swearinger are the only ones that need to be a hit their rookie season for this team to contend. If they have future starters out of Brennan Williams and Quessenberry, I think the team would be happy with that.
Final cuts will be announced on Sunday, August 31, at 5 p.m. central time.