By Mark Lane
With preparations well underway in Nashville, the 2019 NFL draft will finally be getting underway in just a matter of weeks. In preparation, as with any other year, teams have been working out countless prospects to decide whether to draft by value of the player at their pick, or simply by need at a position.
The Houston Texans are in a tough situation. They are in dire need of starters at both offensive tackle and cornerback, not to mention their severe need for depth at safety, wide receiver, and guard. However, with a large proportion of their workouts now completed a trend is beginning to emerge and their tactics for the draft are beginning to unfold.
As it stands, the Texans have worked out 10 of Pro Football Focus’ top-50 prospects. The top five of those are all either cornerbacks or offensive tackles, while the remaining players include two safeties, corners, and one edge rusher. The appearance of Chase Winovich in this list is a surprise, as their need for an edge rusher is a far lesser priority.
With Jadeveon Clowney franchise tagged and set to cost the Texans approximately $1 million per game this year, and All-Pro J.J. Watt opposite him, it seems unlikely that the Texans would prioritize such a high-value pick on an already filled position. The only assumption that could be drawn here, and it is a stretch, is that the Texans have little faith in their contract conversations with Clowney and are potentially preparing for life without the dreaded powerhouse. However, this is another topic...