The Houston Texans entered the 2016 NFL Draft hoping to add playmakers on offense and strengthen their defense. Adding speed and weapons for new quarterback Brock Osweiler appeared to be a major focus, as the Texans used their first four picks to select offensive players.
Houston’s defense carried them to the playoffs last year, only to have their offense fail miserably in a 30-0 shutout loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans aimed to address their offensive woes, grabbing Will Fuller, Braxton Miller, and Tyler Ervin to add firepower. Center Nick Martin will shore up an offensive line that faltered in protecting Brian Hoyer last season.
The Texans’ other glaring issues, including safety and defensive tackle, fell in priority to the later rounds. Selections K.J. Dillon and tackle D.J. Reader are promising developmental prospects, but are unlikely to step in and make an immediate impact. Failure to address these needs in higher rounds, along with the drop-prone hands of first round selection Fuller, keep the Texans from an A grade.
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