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The two head writers for Texas Sports Junkie will try and predict the needs and picks of the two Texas teams. Today they address round 1, which is tonight on ESPN.
Robert Woods Wide Receiver USC
The worst kept secret in the draft is the Texans desire to add a playmaker to line up opposite Andre Johnson. I say they go Woods, simply because Woods was the best wide receiver in college football last year. If not Woods, look for Keenan Allen, wide out from CAL, or Tennessee wide out Cordarrelle Patterson. If they do decide to wait on a receiver, Linebacker Arthur Brown or Manti Teo would get serious looks.
Deandre Hopkins Wide Receiver Clemson
The Texans biggest need at this point is wide receiver. They need someone opposite Johnson, who is approaching 30 that can compliment him and take some of the coverage that way. Coming off of a 18 touchdown Junior season, Hopkins ability to catch the short ball but also stretch the field will be the perfect weapon to add to the already powerful Texans’ offense. The Texans also have a need for offensive tackle and linebacker so if Hopkins is gone look for the them to take Watson (OT-FSU) or Jones (OLB- Georgia).
It’s time for the NFL shuffle, as today marks the 1st official day of free agency. Trades will be made, players will get cut, and some teams will fill some holes with free agents. Don’t expect the Cowboys or Texans to partake in any of the fun though, for different reasons.
The Cowboys will not be players in the free agent market this season, due to being only 175,000 under the salary cap. That’s not even enough to pay for parking at Cowboys Stadium, let alone an offensive linemen or a free safety. The Cowboys are trying to sign Tony Romo to a contract extension, which will give them more cap room, and will also probably cut Doug Free after June 1st, to be able to sign whoever the boys draft.
The Houston Texans on the other hand, seem content with what they have and will stand pat. Now, they very well could be in the market for a #2 wide receiver, or perhaps some secondary help, but look for the Texans to address these needs in the draft, not in the free agent market. The Texans did cut Kevin Walter, so a wide receiver does seem to be priority #1 in Houston, but unless they make a move for Wes welker, they’re better off waiting until the draft.
Sorry Texas football fans, I know free agency can be exciting, but the only new Texas residents coming to play football in the lone star state of any significance probably won’t happen until draft day.
The Houston Texans have been riding high all season, playing all year like the best team in the AFC. Sunday night, the Texans passed yet another test, they won a tough, physical game against one of the toughest, most physical teams in the NFL, the Chicago Bears. And just for good measure, the game was played on a cold rainy night in the windy city. Even Mike Ditka has to be proud of the way the Texans punched the bears in the mouth, and knocked them out on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. The score ended up 13-6, not exactly the best football game ever played. But it was just what the Texans needed, a tough game against a really good team. We knew the Texans could beat up on the teams they’re suppose to beat, but after the Packers game many had doubts on whether or not the Texans could beat a top level team. Another concern was whether or not the Texans could play in cold weather, and get physical with a physical team. With the Ravens and Patriots in the same conference, this is a trait you need to get through the AFC come January. Well, the Texans answered the bell, and punched back so hard Jay Cutler might not play this week. It might be too early to book your trip to the Super Bowl Texans fans, but this season the Texans do seem like they will make a serious run at an AFC title, and have shown the backbone to fight with anybody for that title.