The Steelers and Eagles could ruin the plan to fix the secondary
If the Houston Texans don’t think they can match value with their draft picks in either the first or second round for help along the offensive line there is another place that can turn to address in those first two rounds. The could look to add more depth and get younger in the secondary.
After letting Jackson and Mathieu walk, they needed to add players but, unfortunately, there weren’t too many bonafide stars on the market to replace them with. Gipson, Roby, and Boddy-Calhoun are fine players in their own right but there is still room to improve.
Gipson is the best of the bunch and is a very good player and was only available because he was a salary cap casualty. Roby is a young guy with immense potential but struggled in his first full year as a starter. Boddy-Calhoun is an average depth player at best.
On the roster, the Texans have rising star Justin Reid at safety with Gipson but there is a hole behind them after Andre Hal‘s sudden retirement. So, there is a need at safety that the team could address this early if they want a stud third safety who can take over for Gipson in a few years.
Opposite of Roby, the Houston Texans will still field stalwart Johnathan Joseph as a starting corner. He is the best corner in team history but he has clearly lost a step and can’t be a number one corner any longer. Then, there is also last year’s big free agent signing, Aaron Colvin. He spent a lot of last year injured so who knows what he’ll have in store for 2019.
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So, if there either isn’t any offensive linemen at all or there isn’t one that they feel like is a good value, they could easily target help for the secondary. There aren’t many top top-notch corners and a lot of the good ones are expected to come off the board in the Texans range in the first round.
There are also plenty of players at both corner and safety that the Houston Texans could target with one of their two second round picks. There are plenty of good safeties in the second round range that could help.
Unfortunately, just like the offensive line, there are a couple of teams that could ruin their Texans secondary plan to address the secondary. The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the decline as a team and part of the reason for that is a porous secondary. Another team that could ruin the team’s plans is the Philadelphia Eagles who could either jump the Texans in the first round or could grab a player in the second round.
It’s entirely possible that if the Houston Texans stay put at 23 overall these four teams could truly wreck the team’s draft plans. Offensive line and cornerback/safety could, and maybe should, very well be the team’s first three draft picks but these teams can ruin those plans and put the Texans in a world of trouble heading into a season in which they should be real contenders.
We only focused on the plans that Houston Texans could do in the first two rounds because after that the draft is a crapshoot of predictions. Hopefully, the draft breaks down and their plans won’t be ruined by these four teams.