2014 NFL Draft: Ranking The Houston Texans’ Top 5 Needs
The Houston Texans' Top 5 Draft Needs
The 2013-14 season went about as bad as the Houston Texans could've imagined. Going from Super Bowl contender to the worst team in the league was bad enough in of itself, but when you throw in the Matt Schaub's fall from grace and the fact that the team was inept on every level, all of the sudden you realize just how disastrous the Texan’s season really was.
With that said, the Texans seem to be making all the right organizational moves. With the hiring of former Penn State head coach, Bill O’Brien, the team has a solid leader in place; now though, it’s up to general manager Rick Smith to go out and try to replenish the team’s talent.
The Texans know that the key to accomplishing that all starts with the 2014 NFL Draft. Everyone knows that the team needs a quarterback, but that’s not the only need the team has. As a matter of fact, the 2013-14 showed us that the Texans have quite a few needs all throughout the roster.
Last season, the Texans showed us just how bad things could get out of hand when your talent level doesn’t meet expectations. Moving forward, however, the Texans could become Super Bowl contenders again, so long as Smith and O’Brien can successfully retool the roster’s talent level. Houston has plenty of needs to fill, and the 2014 Draft is the best way to fill the holes.
With that said, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, a ranking of the Houston Texans top five draft needs.
5. Running Back
Ben Tate is on his way out, and with Arian Foster seemingly always dealing with an injury, the Texans need to look at this draft’s running backs. It’s a deep class for the position, and the Texans should take this opportunity to draft a running back to develop behind Foster.
Much like the running back situation, the Texans will most likely target a corner in the mid-to-late rounds of this year’s draft. Johnathan Joseph is still a great player, but the depth behind him is suspect. Houston would be wise to snag a cornerback in the 2014 draft.
3. Wide Receiver
Andre Johnson is still dominant, and DeAndre Hopkins is a dynamic, young weapon. So, why in the world do the Houston Texans need a receiver? The answer is simple, Johnson isn’t getting any younger, and at 32, the Texans need to draft somebody who can eventually take over for him and provide a solid target across from Hopkins in the future.
2. Offensive Tackle
It seems like just yesterday we were praising the Texans for their superior offensive line play, but after a season in which the team allowed 42 sacks, it’s evident a change is needed. The 2014 draft has plenty of offensive tackle talent, and the Texans should be sure to make the position a priority.
There is absolutely no doubt that quarterback should be at the top of Houston’s need list going into the draft. Matt Schaub fell apart in 2013, and while I like Case Keenum, he’s just not starter-quality at this point. This is an easy one, quarterback is the Houston Texans' biggest need, and it’s not really even close.