Did the draft help much?
For the most part, the Texans on you see on the roster below will be the ones suiting up in Deep Steel Blue and Battle Red in September. The UDFA process is still being finalized, but overall we have a strong sense of who will be on the team heading into training camp.
However, even as we speak the Texans continue to make moves. Just in the past 48 hours the Texans traded Lonnie Johnson Jr. and signed Mario Addison and Rasheem Green to the defense.
Here’s how the core offensive, defensive, and special teams units stand heading into the dog days of the offseason. In bold are the new rookies we’ve drafted.
DE: Rasheem Green, Jordan Jenkins, and Mario Addison
DT: Roy Lopez, Thomas Booker
DT: Maliek Collins, Ross Blacklock
DE: Jonathan Greenard, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Derek Rivers
OLB: Kamu Grugier-Hill, Blake Cashman
ILB: Christian Kirksey, Christian Harris
OLB: Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Garret Wallow
CB: Derek Stingley Jr., Tremon Smith
CB: Steven Nelson, Desmond King II, Travierre Thomas
SS: Jalen Pitre, Eric Murray, Jonathan Owens
FS: Terrence Brooks, MJ Stewart
Upon further examination, the defensive front-seven needed more help than they received. It may not have been an obvious weakness, but the linebacker room is quite thin after Christian Kirksey. Both rookies Christian Harris and Thomas Booker will be thrust into rotational roles immediately.
Though Jalen Pitre is second on the depth chart at nickel, he’s expected to take over this role long term. He’s the second best safety player on this roster too, so don’t be overly concerned by his initial placement in a muddied secondary.
RT: Tytus Howard, Austin Deculus
RG: Max Scharping, AJ Cann
C: Justin Britt, Jimmy Morrissey
LG: Kenyon Green, Justin McCray
LT: Laremy Tunsil, Charlie Heck
QB: Davis Mills, Kyle Allen, Jeff Driskel
RB: Marlon Mack, Dameon Pierce, Rex Burkhead, Royce Freeman, Dare Ogunbowlae
FB: Andy Janovich
WR: Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett
WR: Nico Collins, Chris Conley
Slot: John Metchie III, DaeSean Hamilton, Chris Moore
TE: Brevin Jordan, Pharaoh Brown, Teagan Quitoriano
K: Ka’imi Fairbairn
P: Cameron Johnston
LS: Jon Weeks
Take it in folks. Now this doesn’t include every single person you’ll find on the 90-man roster, but these are the prevalent names you’ll need to know heading into the season.
Off the top, you’ll notice that there’s four starting rookies, which is a confident amount. I imagine Dameon Pierce will get plenty of carries in the run game but may not start as RB1 to begin the season, especially considering Nick Caserio’s comment about him after the draft.
The two weakest position appear to be center/guard (still) and the linebackers. There’s plenty of time for the Texans to add talent… or get rid of some to tank for next year’s draft.