The Texans wrapped up the third day of the draft by filling needs they missed out on in Day 2. The late rounds are a crap shoot, but this is one area where the Texans have excelled at finding players over the years. In reality we don’t know about any of these guys. If the Texans got it right with Deshaun Watson, they are going to be a very good team for a long time. If not? Does the rest really matter? Everybody is fired. Based on past performances, a few of these guys will work out. A couple won’t make the team.
Let’s hope it works out at quarterback, because if it does, these other moves look pretty good.
Let’s take a quick look at all the picks:
Round 1, pick 12: Quarterback Watson. We broke this down after Day 1. The Texans made a bold move to acquire what should be their quarterback for years to come.
Rounds 2 and 3: We broke this one down here. The Texans made some excellent moves, going for quality over depth.
Round 4: Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell. The Texans desperately needed a starting tackle, but the best options were gone. There will still be opportunities to add veteran players for the short term. Davenport is very talented, and longterm could be an answer. Give the Texans credit for not reaching at this position and waiting to get a quality prospect in Round 4.
The Texans then dipped into the Clemson pool again for DT Carlos Watkins, who should add depth to the defensive line. If I had to bet, I could see Watkins having the biggest impact of the third day players next season.
Round 5: Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State. Decoud is a nice physical specimen who might be better suited for safety. The Texans needed depth there, and they got a player who should help on special teams and might add depth at safety or corner. Like Davenport, a solid late round pick.
Round 7: Kyle Fuller, C, Baylor. The Texans are pretty solid at center, but on the off chance he can play, if provides an opportunity to move Greg Mancz or Nick Martin to guard and strengthen the interior line, even if Fuller can be a backup. It’s probably a stretch for a seventh round pick, but we’ll see.
Overall, I give the Texans an A. The gambled to get a franchise quarterback. If it fails, oh well. They tried. They also added an impact linebacker, a running back who was much better than his draft position, and depth at some shaky positions at OL and in the secondary. They also added DL depth and potential interior OL depth.
They still need a starting right offensive tackle. They should be able to pick up a veteran now that other teams have filled key needs. They have enough talent in the secondary to cover their losses there. Other than that, the only real question is what happens at quarterback. How soon will Watson be ready? Will he be able to perform at a high level in year one? He better, because the 2018 draft has already happened for the Texans. As for 2017? They nailed it. Now we will see how it translates on the field.