222nd: Logan Woodside, QB Toledo
Woodside is a small school guy that could be exactly what the Houston Texans need in a backup QB. He showed off his football IQ at the NFLPA All-Star game. He was also a fairly accurate passer in college. He can make the short underneath passes and has surprising accuracy on the deep ball.
The ’17-’18 season showed, for a lot of teams, how important backup quarterbacks are. The Texans did not have a good backup and suffered after Watson went down. The Eagles had a solid backup and rode him to a championship. Now, I’m not saying that the Texans were a backup away from contending, but it could’ve helped.
Woodside has Case Keenum, pre-2017-18, upside. A solid, above-average backup with spot start ability. Woodside is surprisingly athletic and could allow the Texans to not have to change the offense too much. He should have the arm to capitalize on all the Texans’ receivers as well.
251st: Mat Boesen, EDGE TCU
When it’s all said and done, Boesen could become one of the biggest steals of the NFL draft. The Houston Texans should take a flier on this kid. He obviously has talent, you don’t accidentally get 5.5 sacks in one game.
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The former JUCO transfer has decent height and length but could benefit from some time in an NFL weight room. He is pretty light, but man was he productive in 2017.
It’s not very often you can snag a Sports Illustrated All American in the 7th round. The Texans need to capitalize on this opportunity.
In this scenario, the Houston Texans advance into the second round to get their guy. After watching Miller slip, Brian Gaine will recognize that value and pounce.
The rest of the draft amounts to filling up the depth chart. However, the guys that will be targeted aren’t just warm bodies for camp. Gaine has an eye for talent, just like he did with Miller he’ll catch guys slipping and bring them in.
This draft will be all about upside for the Texans. Finding guys that have the ability to provide depth now, but can step up in a year or two as older veterans fade out.
Now, the Texans won’t pick today. But come tomorrow, look for the team to make moves and build the roster. Looking at the holes in the roster, this draft illustrates the path the team should follow. Hopefully, we’ll see a similar vein of thought come Friday and Saturday.