Category: draft

Ten 2019 running back prospects Texans fans should be familiar with pre-combine

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Depending on who you talk to the Houston Texans might need a fresh face at running back.

Lead back Lamar Miller was named to the pro-bowl in 2018, but he rushed for less than 1,000 yards on the year, he is also a free-agent next season. Back up Alfred Blue did a solid job, but 3.3 yards per carry won’t cut it. Not to mention he is currently a free-agent. Former Texas Longhorns star D’Onta Foreman is coming off a torn Achilles, which is an injury that gives fans anything but confidence.

So what should the Texans do? There are certainly options in free agency. Former pro-bowlers Le’Veon Bell, Kareem Hunt, and Mark Ingram will get the brunt of the attention. But over-paying for a running back is always a looming threat. Therefore, the draft sounds like an enticing option. The 2019 draft is deep with running back talent (albeit without any sure-thing prospect), and the financial ease that a rookie contract gives is always nice. Therefore, below are ten options that I believe general manager Brian Gaine should consider.

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The East-West Shrine game; why and who you should watch as a Texans fan

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Why should I watch it?

Guess what is on for football fans this Saturday.

College Football? Nope

NFL? Nope

East-West Shrine Game? Yep

That’s right, it’s the first Saturday since August 18th, 2018 that there were no college football or NFL games on. Meaning the dark days of the off-season is closing in, so you should soak up all the football you can get beforehand.

Though the Shrine game won’t be as competitive or alluring as an SEC or Big 12 championship, the competition is legit. The rosters are stacked of prospects with NFL ready talent.

However, the allure comes from the players are from smaller schools. The game gives such players a national stage to create a name for themselves, in turn creating players playing with everything on the line.

Are you intrigued yet? If so, you might want to catch the game on NFL Network at 2:00 P.M. Central, Saturday January 19th.

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Ten 2019 offensive tackle prospects Texans fans should be familiar with pre-combine

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In case you haven’t heard, Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times in his sophomore season. If the Texans don’t want a second case of David Carr, they might want to invest in their offensive tackle position.

Though the Texans will likely not have the opportunity to draft Jonah Williams, there are some quality tackle options in the 2019 draft. Below are ten of said options.

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Ten 2019 cornerback prospects Texans fans should be familiar with pre-combine

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The Texans desperately need help at cornerback. Jonathan Joseph is aging, Kareem Jackson is a free-agent slot cornerback/safety, Aaron Colvin is a slot corner, and Kevin Johnson is widely regarded as a bust.

The cornerbacks’ zone coverage was constantly exposed, and even head coach Bill O’Brien has called for more man coverage cornerbacks. That being said, this list has an emphasis on man coverage cornerbacks. While top prospects Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy aren’t mentioned due to the Texans draft status.

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Texans Seven-Round 2019 Mock Draft 1.0

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The dust has settled, and it’s officially draft season for the Texans. Meaning that it’s also mock draft season.

Although I am not general manager Brian Gaine, I believe I share the same vision as him. That vision? To improve both the Texans offensive line and secondary in the offseason, with an added emphasis on adding depth to the offense.

Round 1, Pick 23 – Yodny Cajuste, L-OT, West Virginia

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Pros:

  • Powerful, can move around virtually any player
  • Good length
  • Solid size at 6’5, 315 lbs
  • Good hand technique; often the first to strike with a powerful grip
  • High football IQ
  • Can anchor the left side of the line
  • Plays mean

Cons:

  • Tight hips
  • Red-shirt Senior
  • Can struggle against speedy pass-rushers due to a shorter stance foot positioning

Taking a tackle in the first round should be an obvious thought for general manager Brian Gaine. Don’t think so? Just know that Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times in the regular season in large part due to poor tackle play.

From day one Yodny Cajuste is an upgrade over Julien Davenport. The Texans line lacks power, which is something Cajuste excels in. He also brings a competitive play-style (see rejection against UT) that every offensive line coach loves to see. He is also an experienced player who has seen high-end defensive players during his time at West Virginia. If Cajuste isn’t available other tackles in the area should be David Edwards, Dalton Risner, and Cody Ford.

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