In my opinion, this gives the Texans an opportunity to get a fresh start. We all know that Matt Schaub is done with the Texans, and they will have an opportunity to select their future franchise quarterback in the draft next year. Current Texans starting quarterback Case Keenum has shown flashes of some promise, but has shown more flashes of being a rookie.
Looking at the foundation of the team, defensive end J.J. Watt, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are the future for the time being. I know Johnson is 32 years old, but he still has a lot left in the tank, as he has 72 catches for 966 yards on the season.
At tight end, Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham solidify the position, which pretty much gives the Texans an option on offense to look at another wide receiver early in the draft for the 2014 season.
When we look at the defensive side of the ball, the Texans still have the No. 1 ranked defense entering Week 12 in yards allowed, and a top five draft pick could be used to boost their production.
Inside linebacker Brian Cushing may return to the Texans, but given his recent injuries with his torn LCL, a broken leg, and a surgically repaired torn ACL, his stock is plummeting. However, when healthy, Cushing is one of the best inside linebackers in the game.
If the Texans are able to stock pile draft picks next year by trading down, they are going to be a problem for everyone in the AFC in the very near future.
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