Houston Texans Rumors: Three guys who could replace Andre Hal

Andre Hal of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Andre Hal of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /
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Potential Houston Texans draft target
Potential Houston Texans draft target Taylor Rapp (Photo by Christopher Mast/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

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Taylor Rapp is an interesting prospect in this year’s NFL draft. Some scouts and media members really, really love him and others do not. It all depends on how you look at him and what he can bring to the table but he could be a very viable option to replace Hal for the Houston Texans.

After displaying some grit and toughness during his freshman year, Rapp became a starter about halfway through that season and never looked back. He became a general on the field for the Huskies for the next two season and was a very dangerous player.

The weakest point in his game is coverage which, I know, is an important part of being a safety. Rapp is somewhat limited athletically. He has good burst but lacks the long speed to keep up with faster receivers which also limits his range. But, he was still a fairly productive safety at Washington, nabbing 7 interceptions and 6 pass breakups.

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Rapp played all over the field at Washington and was decent to great wherever he had to line up. He may be best suited as a box safety who can thump in the run game and match up with tight ends in coverage.

This, in actuality, would be a very good fit for the Houston Texans who have two pretty good cover guys in Reid and Gipson. Rapp is not afraid to throw his hat around and has the aggressiveness and size to hang with tight ends. He could be targeted in either the first or second round.