NFL.com has already given out grades for the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft to all 32 teams. While they seemed to think every franchise did at least “C” level work, your Houston Texans are among the Honor Roll crop for this earliest of early draft report cards.
Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: A
Overall grade: A
The skinny: Houston found the inside linebacker of the future with Zach Cunningham, a Daryl Washington-type defender who should be around for a while. They needed to find a running back, so they headed to Austin to pick up D'Onta Foreman, who could be a force if his weight is under control. Deshaun Watson was an excellent college quarterback, and the Texans are hoping he becomes a great NFL quarterback. I'm with Bill O'Brien on this one, even though Houston parted with a 2018 first-round pick in trade up to get him. With Houston's defense playing well, they needed a leader and playmaker to get the offense rolling.
What do you think? Has Rick Smith put together his best three rounds ever? Or are you convinced the lack of offensive line/secondary selections are a fool’s errand?