Just about all of us can agree that our biggest weakness on the defense last season was a lack of a real NT. Shaun Cody did out preform expectations, but this is defiantly where out defense can improve. So lets take a look at available options.
Shaun Cody- Like I said Cody did outperform expectations, but it didn't hurt that he had a pro bowl ninja and The Milkman next to him. There is a good chance that Cody will be starting next year, but I'd much rather see him "On the Nose" then on the field.
Earl Mitchell- Mitchell has shown some flashes to become a solid player in the near future. But unfortunately, Cody is more likely to be the starter next year than Mitchell.
J.J. Watt- I hate the idea of moving a future Pro Bowl DE to the Nose, but a lot of people on this site seam to like the idea.
Paul Soliai- Won't happen to expensive
Sione Pouha-Very good run stuffer, he could be snagged up for the right price, but will likely remain a Jet.
Dontari Poe- He's going to be a very good player for a long time. Worth a first round pick, but will probably be going 24 to the Steelers.
Michael Brokers- Has all the raw talent in the world, better suited for DE in a regular 3-4 but in Wade's system he could become Ngata like.
Jerel Worthy- Does have conditioning issues, but if he puts it together he could become Worthy to draft. (pun intended)
Brandon Thompson- He would be another undersized NT, but so is Ratliff, and with Thompson size and speed, thats not a far off comparison.
Alameda Ta'amu- He is a fan favorite on this site, and after a tough season, he played good at the senior bowl. If he is still available in the second round the Texans need to take him.
Josh Chapman- His stock might slide because of his acl tear, but he is a warrior that does all the dirty work. He doesn't provide much pass rush but will be dominant in the run defense.
Sleeper to Watch- Jared Crick, he tore his peck early in the season, once considered a top 15 pick, he could now go between rounds 2-4.
So what are your predictions on who will start at the Nose next year.