(Sports Network) - The window hasn't shut in Houston but the Texans certainly
have to tweak the roster if they hope to match last season's 12-4 record.
The Texans defense should be fine since it possesses the best defender in all
of football, J.J. Watt, and will be getting back its captain, stud linebacker
Brian Cushing, who missed the last 11 games in 2012 with a knee injury.
That said Houston struggled down the stretch last season and showed a
disturbing inability to handle quick rhythm, spread offenses, meaning more
speed and athleticism is needed in the back seven.
Offensively the team has been looking for a complement to Andre Johnson at
wide receiver for years and almost has to make a move in that direction now
since veteran Kevin Walter is gone.
The interior of the offensive line could use an upgrade and a potential down
the line replacement for limited quarterback Matt Schaub is also in play.
Houston, which possesses the 27th overall selection in the first round, is
reportedly excited by Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams and LSU
linebacker Kevin Minter.
2012 Record: 12-4
Top Needs: WR, LB, OG
First Three Picks: No. 27, No. 57, No. 89
Number of Selections: 9 (1, 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7)
FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - Whitney Mercilus (OLB, Illinois); 2011 - J.J. Watt
(DE, Wisconsin); 2010 - Kareem Jackson (CB, Alabama); 2009 - Brian Cushing
(LB, USC); 2008 - Duane Brown (OT, Virginia Tech); 2007 - Amobi Okoye (DT,
Louisville); 2006 - Mario Williams (DE, North Carolina State); 2005 - Travis
Johnson (DT, Florida State); 2004 - Dunta Robinson (CB, South Carolina), Jason
Babin (DE, Western Michigan); 2003 - Andre Johnson (WR, Miami-Florida); 2002 -
David Carr (QB, Fresno State).
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