Up until the 2014 NFL draft, I will be taking a look around the league at each NFL team and analyzing their situations leading up to the draft. This page will contain my individual team analysis leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, and I will be providing periodic updates over the next few months. Be sure to check out my actual 2014 NFL Mock Draft predictions as well, in addition to the analysis I'll be providing for all 30 NFL teams and their potential draft needs.
2014 NFL Mock Draft Analysis - Houston Texans
Top Free Agents
RB – Ben Tate
DT – Earl Mitchell
DE – Antonio Smith
G – Wade Smith
Biggest Team Needs
Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Quarterback.
Top NFL Draft Targets
The loss of Earl Mitchell and Antonio Smith, along with the poor record, is going to give the Texans a crack at either a young QB or a top defensive line prospect. Matt Schaub’s time in Houston is just about over as Case Keenum has been solid enough as a starter. Despite a 6 loses to start his NFL career Keenum has thrown 8 TDs to 3 INTs. Keenum, an undrafted rookie from Houston, has his name in the mix as a potential starter in Houston in 2014. The Texans also have a less than stellar talent in T.J. Yates; a 5th round pick in 2011. The Texans may look at the defensive side of the ball as they are likely to secure a top 5 pick, and could have a crack at Anthony Barr (OLB, UCLA) or Louis Nix (DT, Notre Dame). The Texans could also potentially find a trade partner like the Browns or Rams who each hold multiple 1st round picks and could be targeting a top QB prospect (assuming the Rams are done with Sam Bradford).