By Kiersten Ehr
Draft day is almost here for the 2015 NFL Draft starting April 30th-May 2nd. This year the NFL draft is being held a week earlier from last year which may help with less speculation over draft picks. The Houston Texans have the 16th pick (assuming no trades), and again at 50th and 82nd on Friday. Last year for the 2014 season the 9-7, Texans did not make the playoffs even from the valiant effort from J.J Watt on the defensive end. Here are my predictions on what the Texans will address and focus on at the draft Thursday night at 7 p.m.
Houston Texans- Holes to fill and cracks to patch:
Biggest need is Quarterback. Frankly the quarterback position is the most important position on the roster. The Texans have tons of unanswered questions here and they are seeking a potential leader for their franchise for the next five years. This will remain the biggest question until someone steps up. Even though the chances of signing a franchise QB in the first round is slim, the Texans did sign unrestricted free agent QB Brian Hoyer on March 11, 2015. Hoyer saw action in 14 games, completeting 242 passrs for 3,326 yards for the Cleveland Browns. The Texans can also resign QB Ryan Mallatt who is currently on the Houstons roster. They want Marcus Mariota (Heisman Trophy winner),QB from Oregon— but if the Texans hold at the 16th spot there is a slim to zero chance they can get Mariota.
Most likely will be picked in the first round. With Brook Reed gone that leaves John Simon and Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney as the main outside linebackers.
With Andre Johnson leaving the Texans as the former face of the franchise for the rivalI Indianapolis Colts in free agency, the Texans are looking to fill the empty position for wide receiver. The Texans have DeAndre Hopkins but the team needs more help. Houston is potentially looking at these prospects–Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma & Kevin White, WR, West Virginia.
One weak spot for Houston was on the safety position. Texans should look at Landon Collins, SS, Alabama. This would help the Texans in drafting positions that they need to fill gaps for the season.