The Texans spent a third-round pick on Benardrick McKinney, but they'll be in the market for another inside linebacker next offseason once they release Brian Cushing, who has struggled in recent years. Myles Jack figures to be an upgrade.
Pick change; previously Chris Jones, DE/DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
I'm not breaking any news here by saying the Texans need to upgrade the quarterback position. I imagine they'll do everything in their power to trade up for Bill O'Brien's former quarterback, but if they can't do that, they can settle for someone like Jared Goff in the second round.
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Once again, the Texans are dealing with an Arian Foster injury that could knock them out of the playoff race. If Houston can't get a first-round quarterback, the organization has to land someone who can carry the offense if Foster is injured.
Elliott (6-0, 225) was the workhorse who carried the Buckeyes to the National Championship in 2014. He destroyed Wisconsin (20-220-2), Alabama (20-230-2) and Oregon (36-246-4) in the final three games to lead Ohio State. Elliott averaged 6.9 yards per carry on the year for 1,878 yards with 18 touchdowns. He had 28 receptions for 220 yards, too. Elliott showed speed, cutting ability and a knack to pick up yards after contact.
Rd. 2, Pk. 16
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
The Texans need a receiving tight end to pair with C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Howard totaled 17 receptions for 260 yards in 2014. The talented tight end was very under-utilized. As he proved at USC with Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, Lane Kiffin settles on one receiver and struggles to call plays for anyone else regardless of their talent or mismatch potential. Howard's production should go up in 2015 with Amari Cooper in the NFL.
Howard (6-6, 237) flashed big-time potential in 2013. The freshman hauled in 14 passes for 269 yards (19.2 average) with two touchdowns. Howard is fast, has the frame to add size and is a dangerous receiving weapon. He was just scratching the surface of his potential in 2013 and could become a real mismatch advantage in the NFL.