The Houston Texans are looking to cap off a busy offseason with a successful 2016 NFL Draft. Here is the team’s complete seven-round mock draft.
The Houston Texans emerged as one of the biggest surprises of the NFL in 2015, bouncing back from a 1-4 start by winning the AFC South title with wins in eight of their next 11 games. An unfortunate showing in their Wild Card Round playoff matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, however, cast a light on several areas in need of major improvement.
The Chiefs demolished Houston in a 30-0 thrashing, in which Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer delivered one of the most disappointing performances in recent playoff history.
Hoyer connected on just 15-of-34 pass attempts for a mere 136 yards. He also threw four interceptions and lost a costly fumble, eliminating the team’s slim chances of advancing to the Divisional Round in the process. And although running back Alfred Blue rushed for a respectable 99 yards on 17 carries, it was clear that the team was in desperate need of a true feature back.
Houston attacked both of these positions early in the offseason, making arguably the biggest splash of the 2016 free agency period.
The Texans signed Brock Osweiler from the Denver Broncos to become the team’s immediate answer under center while the pick-up of 24-year old running back Lamar Miller will prevent any drop-off related to the departure of four-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster.
Now, their focus turns to the upcoming NFL Draft.
Several needs are apparent heading into this year’s draft, most notably on the offensive side of the ball. If Houston is going to make the most of Osweiler’s four-year, $72 million contract, it will need to surround him with both weapons at the skill positions and protection on the offensive line. The defensive front could use some improvement and added depth as well.
With the 2016 NFL Draft just weeks away, here is a seven-round mock draft for the Houston Texans.
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