As the NFL Draft draws near and is a month away we will take a look at what the Houston Texans are going to look to invest their first round pick in. First need that needs to be addressed and is widely accepted by all draft experts is the glaring need at a legit number two wide receiver who can be later groomed into the number one once Andre Johnson retires as he is not getting any younger.
Over the past month the Houston Texans have made a lot of unique moves when dealing with their roster and managing their salary cap situation.
When the Texans approached free agency they had cap issues after moves last season that came back to bite them. When GM Rick Smith signed Johnathan Joseph and Daniel Manning last season it was under the impression that the salary cap would be raised as discussed in the new CBA. It was raised, but only by a few hundred-thousand.
So going into this season reports were that the Texans were around $20 million over the cap. Everyone knew with all the free agents the Texans had this season that there would be no way to bring them all back.
Some of the names that were thrown around to be released were players like Jacoby Jones and Matt Leinart. Demeco Ryans and Owen Daniels were also mentioned for contract restructuring.
The Houston Texans, who were the 2011 AFC South Division champions, had the vibe throughout the city of Houston and around the league that the Texans are the team to beat in the AFC in 2012.
Since the season has ended, and and the free-agent period has opened, have the Texans gotten better or worse?
Going into the 2012 season the City of Houston had this special feeling that they were on their way to a Super Bowl. With a top three-ranked defense and a running game with Arian Foster that is the league's leading rusher when combining 2010 and 2011 seasons.
With the best running tandem in the league with the emergence of 2010 second round pick Ben Tate. What makes the Texans run game so good is their offensive line which is regarded as the best zone run block line in the NFL and one of the best overall. What makes them so good?
The continuity of the line, having the same linemen play so many consecutive games together. When free agency opened two linemen hit the open market with center Chris Myers who has since been recently resigned by the Texans and guard Mike Brisiel who has been signed by the Oakland Raiders.