In case you're wondering just how disastrous the Bill O'Brien tenure was for the Houston Texans, consider this. They traded three first or second-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil and offloaded DeAndre Hopkins for a 2020 second-round pick and David Johnson. Due to O'Brien's mismanagement of resources, the Texans not hold the No. 3 pick within the 2021 NFL Draft. In fact, they do not pick until Round 3.
That's bad news for Houston, especially considering quarterback Deshaun Watson doesn't appear to be proud of the franchise. Now, Watson is handling off-the-field concerns of his own that the NFL is reviewing via its personal conduct policy, so that's yet one more problem that the Texans face this year.
There is no easy path to repair the Texans immediately , especially considering their dearth of overall talent. Nick Caserio and David Culley will have their work cut out for them, and they are getting to need to specialise in finding some diamonds within the rough during the 2021 NFL Draft if they need to really upgrade their team.
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Texans, according to Vinnie Iyer's seven-round mock draft:
Texans NFL Draft needs
Defensive tackle: The Texans had the NFL's worst run defense last year and clearly missed D.J. Reader. Now, they'll be without J.J. Watt, too. They'll need to find a top quality defensive tackle within the middle rounds of the draft, or a minimum of add a robust run-stuffer to the fold.
Wide receiver: Houston had one among the NFL's best receiver rooms not too way back . Now, they're right down to Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb leading the charge. The Texans have signed five WRs this offseason, but none appear as if true No. 1 options. They'll need to attempt to find one during a loaded receiver class.
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Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves cannot be trusted during a big role on this defense. Adding Terrance Mitchell and Desmond King this offseason may be a good start for the Texans, but they have a real No. 2 corner to pair with Bradley Roby long-term. Otherwise, they'll be wasting Roby's prime.Offensive line: Trading for Marcus Cannon and signing Justin Britt are good upside moves, but the Texans still need more depth. Tytus Howard has been lackluster at right tackle and if Britt can't stay healthy, they'll need an policy at the middle spot.
Quarterback: If Deshaun Watson really doesn't want to play for the Texans again, they'll got to find a replacement young quarterback to develop behind Tyrod Taylor and compete with Ryan Finley. which will be easier said than wiped out the third round and beyond.