What’s on the horizon
All of the moves that happened with the Houston Texans organization and across the NFL have several implications for the team in both the near and distant future. All of these free agent signings have both draft implications and free agent market implications.
So far, the team’s two biggest needs, offensive line and cornerback, remain as such. But, with the official departure of Mathieu and Jackson, the team could choose to target another safety earlier in the draft to join Justin Reid and Andre Hal. The team likely won’t address defensive line unless it is very late due to the resigning of Dunn and Blackson. Christian Covington is all but gone for next year as well.
Safeties the team could target in the draft after targetting guys like Andre Dillard, Dalton Risner, and Greg Little at offensive line and Trayvon Mullen, Rock Ya-Sin, and Amani Oruwaryie at corner consist of Malik Grant, Jaquan Johnson, and Sheldrick Redwine.
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Beyond the draft, the team might prefer to fill a veteran void at safety with a free agent versus a rookie. If they do so, they could chase a big name like Earl Thomas. Thomas’ season ended prematurely in 2018 but he’s one of the best to ever do it. The scheme fit would be interesting but he’s a versatile player.
Adrian Amos from Chicago could be a very good fit at a cheaper price. He and Bill O’Brien overlapped in college at Penn State. Amos could also fill a need because Reid and Hal are better in coverage and he plays very well in the box.
After those two safeties the star power dwindles but there are still solid options like Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Tre Boston, and George Iloka. At other positions, the Houston Texans could also pursue guys like Bryce Callahan at corner, Ja’Wuan James at tackle, and Matt Paradis at center.
There are still a ton of directions the team could move beyond those guys as well. So far, the Texans haven’t done the flashy thing. They haven’t caught the big fish and doled out the big money. It doesn’t mean that they still can’t and it doesn’t mean that they won’t.
To me, the Texans have made the right moves so far. The right moves aren’t always the easiest moves. The right moves aren’t always the least emotional moves. But, they are the right moves nonetheless. There are big things on the horizon for this team, keep your eyes peeled.
The Houston Texans lost Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson to the AFC West in the Chiefs and Broncos specifically. Losing those to leaders hurts, without a doubt. They will be missed but contingency plans are on the way and the outlook is still bright.