Pro Football Focus compiled another list. This list ranks each team’s roster from 32 to 1, because yes, there are still 32 teams in this league. PFF has the Texans ranked 15th. The link is here over at ESPN:
Biggest strength: A year ago, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins treated us to one of the best seasons that we have ever seen from a wide receiver. His 91.8 overall grade ranked first among qualifying players at the position. He also set the PFF record for most catchable passes thrown his way without a drop, with his mark of 115 crushing the previous high of 60 (Randall Cobb, 2016). Hopkins was one of the most valuable non-quarterbacks in the league in 2018 and stands to pick up right where he left off.
Biggest weakness: The Texans might have addressed the offensive line early in the draft, but given how steep the learning curve is for rookies at the position, the O-line is still a huge question mark. The team has surrendered more than 200 quarterback pressures in each of the past three seasons. Since 2016, only the Cardinals have allowed more sacks and quarterback hits than the Texans (191).
X factor for 2019: Jadeveon Clowney. Now that he’s essentially in a contract year, all eyes should be on the former first overall pick. He had somewhat a breakout season in 2018, with his 88.0 overall grade being a career-best mark, but that was largely propped up by strong showings in run defense (91.2) and coverage (87.2). Now five seasons deep into his NFL career, Clowney has yet to eclipse a pass-rush grade higher than 78.2, and he hasn’t tallied more than 64 pressures in a season. The Texans are looking for him to break into that top tier of edge rushers in 2019.