5 Late-Round Sleepers Houston Texans Should Target In 2014 NFL Draft
5 Late-Round Sleepers the Houston Texans Should Target in the 2014 NFL Draft
The Houston Texans are looking to re-start the franchise in the draft this year. A team that was competing for a title just a few years ago, they now find themselves with the No. 1 overall pick and a team that has holes all over the field. So many holes in fact, that the only way for them to avoid a long rebuilding project is to find quality players with more than just their first few picks.
This is one of the deepest draft classes in recent memory, a good thing for the team picking at the top of the rounds. Good players are likely to fall because of the overall depth, and Houston will have the chance to get talent in the later rounds. With so many needs, they would really like to hit on a late-round sleeper or two who can contribute right away.
All the attention on the Houston draft this year is revolving around the first overall pick. Of course that makes sense, but just one player won’t fix their problems. They have needs all over the field, and the only way they can try to fill them all right away is to do well drafting in the later rounds.
The Houston offensive line needs upgrades, as does the defensive backfield. With so many glaring needs to fill in this draft, having a deep class is just as important as hitting on the top pick. Okay, maybe not just as important, but it’s pretty important.
The Texans need depth in this draft, and they should be targeting these five late-round sleepers.
5. Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami
Big and strong with all the measurables you could want out of an NFL tackle, Seantrel Henderson never quite lived up to expectations at Miami because of his off-field issues. If those issues, and his lackluster college game film, have him fall into the later rounds, the Texans could grab a possible starting tackle at the back end of the draft.
4. Gabe Ikard, C/G, Oklahoma
Gabe Ikard doesn't jump out at you either on paper or on film, but whoever ends up taking him in the later rounds is going to get someone who will be tough to cut. He's versatile and has a great work ethic, two things that can help a late-round pick get a roster spot as a serviceable backup offensive lineman.
3. James Wilder, RB, Florida State
The Texans love to have a good stable of running backs, and with Ben Tate possibly leaving town they could use a later-round pick on one. Big, tall and strong, James Wilder Jr. has all the physical tools that new head coach Bill O'Brien could want in a back.
2. Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
Another quality lineman who can provide immediate depth on the offensive line, Justin Britt can play either left or right tackle. More suited to right tackle, he's a good pass blocker who can help bolster a line that struggled last season.
1. Vinnie Sunseri, S, Alabama
Every team that runs the 3-4 defense should be targeting Vinnie Sunseri in this draft. He may not have the most physical skills at the position, but he's mastered the scheme while playing for Nick Saban at Alabama.