Latest Update: Just IN Houston Texans Are IN Talk To Sign Another Top Sensational Defensive Tackle, Cornerback

It won’t be shocking if the Texans continue to focus on the defensive end of the ball during the April 25–27 draft, even after adding ten defensive players via free agency. Defense is still a major need for Executive Vice President and General Manager Nick Caserio, even with three of the top-86 picks, including two in the second round.

With last week’s deal with Minnesota, the Texans now have eight draft picks, five of which are in the first four rounds and none in the first. With the 42nd pick he received in last week’s deal with the Vikings, Caserio may choose a defensive lineman now that he has two second-round selections.

Caserio might fill a need by selecting a cornerback with his second pick (59th overall) in the second round. He could also play defensive lineman first, then cornerback. Caserio and Head Coach DeMeco Ryans will collaborate closely, and they may select the best defensive tackle and cornerback available in the draft.

Caserio’s draft intentions may change if the Texans sign more free agents as they continue to get ready for the draft.

To play alongside Denico Autry at tackle and ends Will Anderson Jr. and Danielle Hunter, the Texans still need a defensive tackle. Unless the Texans are interested in Calais Campbell, who turns 38 before the season starts but started 17 games for Baltimore in 2023, there are no longer any veteran defensive tackles available in free agency who can stop the run and collapse the pocket with a pass rush up the middle. That is unlikely to occur.

Let’s start with defensive tackle as we examine the remaining options for the Texans. Rarely does a team go from 3-13-1 to 10-7, rise from 32nd to sixth against the run, and require the replacement of three starting linemen who helped the Texans establish a franchise record with 46 sacks.

On the defensive end The Vikings signed Jonathan Greenard. Sheldon Rankins, a tackle, signed with the Bengals. The 49ers acquired tackle Maliek Collins in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. Together, they weighed 23.5 bags.

Almost everyone in the league feels that Autry (11.5) and Hunter (16.5), who together accounted for 28 sacks, were superior at end and tackle.

In order to compete with Khalil Davis and Kurt Hinish, Caserio acquired two experienced tackles, Tim Settle and Foley Fatukasi, but he still has the opportunity to add depth to the defensive line by selecting a second-round pick.

Talented tackles Braden Fiske, T’Vondre Sweat, Kris Jenkins Jr., Kingsley Suamataia, and Kiran Amegadjie might still be available, regardless of the 42nd or 59th pick (and Caserio might not be done making trades).

Alternatively, Ryans might develop feelings for a tackle that is selected in the first round, and if he’s still available, Caserio might make a trade back into the first round to acquire him. That strategy paid off handsomely when Caserio selected Anderson in the third round of the NFL Draft, one selection behind NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year quarterback C.J. Stroud.

Alongside Derek Stingley Jr., a cornerback who missed time due to injury in each of his first two seasons, the Texans also need a cornerback. Stingley could be bound for Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition if he can maintain his health, as he was very good in the previous season.

Although Jeff Okudah signed a one-year contract, there is no assurance that he will be selected for the other starting position. Steven Nelson, who has started the last two seasons, is still available.

If the Texans want to go that path, they still have a ton of experienced cornerbacks to choose from, including Xavien Howard, Tre’Davious White, Tre Wallace, Adoree Jackson, Tre Herndon, and C.J. Henderson. That list makes it clear why the Texans should select a cornerback in the second round and maybe one more in a later round.

The cornerbacks Ennis Rakestraw, Kamari Lassiter, T.J. Tampa, Max Melton, and Mike Sainristil could be available in the second round.

The eight picks that the Texans have, which might change due to trades, could include two defensive lineman and two cornerbacks. It doesn’t take a genius to convince Ryans and defensive coordinator Matt Burke that a club can never have too many corners, especially when facing quarterbacks like Trevor Lawrence, Jordan Love, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Aaron Rodgers, Dak Prescott, Jared Goff, Trevor Lawrence, and Tua Tagovailoa.

Caserio needs to get stronger at wide receiver for Stroud, according to supporters and certain media members. There isn’t a strong bunch left in free agency. The top ranked person is Tyler Boyd, although he has hefty financial demands.

Caserio doesn’t have to use a second-round pick to get a receiver unless the prospect is a lot more highly regarded than a defensive line or cornerback on their board when they make their selection. The draft is a wiser route to take. Third round picks Nico Collins and Tank Dell seem like the perfect combination to offer skill and quickness.

The position of wide receiver is filled with skill. Other prospects may be dropped as general managers focus on other positions after clubs get beyond the best players in the first round. In the event that Caserio and Ryans are drawn to Troy Franklin, Keon Coleman, Xavier Worthy, Ricky Pearsall, Xavier Legette, Jermaine Burton, Malachi Corley, Roman Wilson, Ja’Lynn Polk, and Devontez Walker in the second round, just in case. Perhaps one will fall to the third round, expanding the pool of talent available to the Texans.

There are additional needs for the Texans. On offense, they have plenty of options up front when healthy, but they could need another lineman and running back. They can deploy a safety and an additional linebacker on defense.

And there you have it, then. The Texans will select two defensive linemen, two cornerbacks, one linebacker, safety, running back, and offensive lineman with their eight draft picks. In all honesty, the accuracy of that prognosis will be no better than a draft mockup.

 

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