The Texans spent last year's first-round pick on a cornerback, but they could go with a safety this time, as they have major issues at that position. Adding some talent on the back end would make their pass rush even more potent, and they're taking the best player available with this selection anyway.
As Charlie Campbell reported, some teams are concerned about Ramsey moving to cornerback this season, but he'll ultimately find a home at safety in the NFL, given that he's seen as such a special talent at that position.
Pick change; previously Myles Jack, LB
Rd. 2, Pk. 6
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
Three games shouldn't drop a prospect a whole round, but my premise behind slotting Christian Hackenberg in the top five was that he would go that high if he put together a strong 2015 campaign. It doesn't look like that's going to happen now, so it's realistic could drop to the second day. If so, I'm sure the Texans would take a chance on him, given that Bill O'Brien got the most out of him when he was at Penn State.
Rd. 3, Pk. 6
Josh Augusta, DT/NT, Missouri
J.J. Watt needs some help up front so that teams like the Colts don't double- and triple-team him all game.
The Texans' offense missed Arian Foster tremendously when he was out. Even if he gets back to form this season, he's very injury-prone, aging and expensive. Houston's offense needs a long-term feature back, and the Texans gave some consideration to taking Todd Gurley prior to seeing he wouldn't make it to their first-round pick.
In 2015, Elliott has averaged 7.3 yards per carry for 729 yards with eight touchdowns. He also has 10 receptions for 63 yards. Elliott has been tremendous with his burst, vision, balance and ability to rip off yards in chunks. He hits the hole quickly and explodes to the second level. In the passing game, Elliott has shown nice blocking and receiving skills. Sources say he's a first-rounder.
The 6-foot, 225-pounder 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. 8
Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
If Hackenberg doesn't get hot, he could easily slide down draft boards despite the scouting community entering the season loving his potential. After what I've heard from sources, I have a hard time envisioning Bill O'Brien passing on him.
This season, Hackenberg has completed 53 percent of his passesfor 824 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He's had two bad performances and two good ones. Hackenberg still has a ways to go to improve his accuracy and precision on some throws, but he also makes some great passes that are dropped by his receivers.
Hackenberg completed 56 percent of his passes in 2014 for 2,677 yards with 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He played better than the numbers indicate as his supporting cast was a huge liability and the offensive line was awful. To end the season, Hackenberg led a huge overtime, comeback win over Boston College, completing 34-of-50 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns.
Hackenberg (6-4, 234) was the star recruit for Bill O'Brien at Penn State and proved the hype wasn't misplaced during an impressive 2013 season that saw him named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Hackenberg completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,955 yards with 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions that season. He also ran for four touchdowns. Hackenberg has great size, a strong arm and pocket presence. He also showed better field vision while playing for O'Brien. Hackenberg does need to get more accurate and improve his decision-making.
Nkemdiche is a top 10 prospect (possibly even a top 5) who looks the part of a natural 3-4 DE; just the thought of pairing hi with J.J. Watt conjures an image of a Super Bowl parade in Downtown Houston circa 2018. He reminds me of Leonard Williams, but Williams was a much more disruptive player and a true contender for the label of #1 prospect in the draft class. Still, Nkemdiche has plenty of talent to justify going much higher. Different teams have different values, leading to some prospects falling a little further than they should have.
This is just me thinking that Max Tuerk is too good not to be picked by now, and that Ben Jones is not a natural center. Tuerk looks like he could contribute in a quick blocking scheme now, based on how quick he goes from snapping the ball to blocking. This could do great things for a healthy Arian Foster next year.