A troika of ESPN insiders recently complied a set of power rankings that claim to rank the outlook of all 32 NFL franchises over the next three seasons. To do this, they rated “each team’s roster (excluding quarterback), quarterback, draft, front office and coaching.”
The final product saw your Houston Texans finish 15th, behind the Eagles, Patriots, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, Falcons, Rams, Packers, Chargers, Seahawks, Jaguars, Panthers, 49ers, and Chiefs. In each of the five categories judged, the Texans ranked 14th (roster excluding QB), 13th (QB), 9th (draft), 25th (front office), and 18th (coaching) against their peers. This was the analysis:
15. Houston Texans
Why they’re here: These rankings are now a reflection of merely what we saw in 2017, but that season showed us a glimpse of what could be. Deshaun Watson has the look of a future All-Pro despite an injury-shortened rookie campaign, and devastating injuries impacted the defense as well. However, the Texans’ roster still has questions along the offensive line and -- by no fault of its own -- the new-look front office led by Brian Gaine has yet to make a draft pick of major consequence (Houston didn’t have a first- or second-round pick in 2018). The evaluation of Gaine’s skills continues. -- Yates
Biggest worry: A year ago, it was about whether they picked the right QB in Watson and if they could develop him. Now that we all know the answer was a resounding yes, it is all about this team staying healthy. Watson, Will Fuller V, J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Jadeveon Clowney and Tyrann Mathieu have all dealt with significant injuries at different points in their respective careers. If these key players can stay on the field, the Texans will challenge the Jaguars for the AFC South crown. If not, it is going to be a big rebuild for Gaine as he restocks this roster. -- Riddick
What could change for the better: The Texans ranked 25th in the category for front office, their lowest ranking in any category. There isn’t much to go on at this point because Gaine has been in place only since January. The team does finally have a coach and GM who appear to be in sync, however, and that gives Houston a good shot at outperforming expectations longer term. -- Sando
As we sit here today, do you believe that there are fourteen teams better equipped to succeed over the next three years than the Texans? Which squads would you definitively say are in a superior position to the Texans to win in 2018, 2019, and 2020?