ESPN’s Sarah Barshop has detailed who she thinks general manager Rick Smith and the Houston Texans should zoom in on during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, which begins tomorrow in Indianapolis.
Before she gets into the four specific players she believes the Texans should focus on, Barshop discusses Houston’s need for a quarterback and offensive line help:
Positions of need: The Texans need a quarterback, and he has to be relatively cheap because of the struggles Brock Osweiler had last season. Osweiler is set to return to Houston in 2017 with a huge contract that guarantees $16 million. If the Texans do not get creative during free agency to find their starter for next season, and they don't think Osweiler or backup Tom Savage is the answer, they could find a quarterback who can compete for the starting job in April's draft. The other big need the Texans -- who start with the No. 25 overall pick -- have is at offensive tackle. Right tackle Derek Newton suffered a gruesome, season-ending injury in Week 7 and probably will not be back in 2017. Chris Clark filled in for both Newton and veteran left tackle Duane Brown last season, but he did not prove he could be a starter going forward. Brown has two years left on his contract, so drafting a tackle this year would also give time for a young player to get his feet wet on the right side before eventually transitioning to the left.
Spoiler alert: The four specific prospects she mentions in her article are—you guessed it—quarterbacks or offensive linemen.
Do you agree with Barshop? Disagree? Feel she’s nailed it or missed the mark? If you were Rick Smith, who would you be focused on over the next week at Lucas Oil Stadium? Let us know in the comments below.