Third in a series
Texans enter the NFL project with acute needs to be met. Each day before the project, we will examine a different position taking into account what might be available to the Texans.
Texans obviously need a rusher pass to complete J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus beyond Jacob Martin, Charles Omenihu and Duke Ejiofor, who returns from a torn Achilles. They may not be able to afford this rush unless their prices drop due to other expensive offseason projects like signing quarterback Deshaun Watson and attacking tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Texans also need to start planning for a possible life after Watt, given his recent injury history.
It is a solid group of on-board rushers, many of whom should go to the first 50 selections.
Chase Young, 6-5, 264, 40 times N / A, Ohio State
The dominant rusher on board has a nervous athleticism and is a natural defensive end in terms of rush-passing skills, size, strength and flexibility. The best player in the general classification of the country at the head of the repechage with 16½ bags last season.
K’Lavon Chaisson, 6-3, 254, N / A, LSU
An explosive North Shore graduate operated in a two-point position for national champions and projects as an extremely dangerous linebacker in the NFL. Chaisson has the frame to add extra pounds, but is able to line up at multiple positions.
UN J. Epenesa, 6-5, 275, 5.04, Iowa
Rangy, a strong defensive end in technique, has had consecutive 10-bag seasons with only one year as a full-time starter. Exceptional flexibility and push, but does not fascinate as an athlete.
Yetur Gross-Matos, 6-5, 266, N / A, Penn State
The long and flexible athlete is difficult to block and has recorded 19 career sacks as a two-year beginner, needs to add more volume and strength.
Terrell Lewis, 6-5, 262, N / A, Alabama
Tall and skinny prominent former recruit who should be able to thrive in any defensive scheme, Lewis has been lucky with injuries with an elbow injury and a torn ACL earlier in his career. In good health now, Lewis is a fast-closing finisher who excels at playing in space and attacking the quarterback.
Josh Uche, 6-1, 245, N / A, Michigan
The one-year-old starter turned this season into a Senior Bowl invitation and dominated the blockers. Although a bit undersized, Uche has an engine and burst that delights NFL teams. He had 16½ bags and 20½ tackled for losses.
Fall of stock
Darrell Taylor, 6-3, 267, N / A, Tennessee
Injuries have blurred the prospects for a promising passing prospect.
THE BEST OF REST
Josh Uche, 6-1, 245, Michigan; Curtis Weaver, 6-2, 265, Boise State, Jonathan Greenard, 6-3, 263, Florida; Bradlee Anae, 6-3, 257, Utah, Jabari Zuniga, 6-3, 264, Florida; Khalid Kareem, 6-3, 268, Notre Dame, Julian Okwara, 6-3, 252, Notre Dame, Darrell Taylor, 6-3, 267, Tennessee; Alex Highsmith, 6-3, 248, Charlotte.
April 9: Offensive linemen
April 11: Wide receivers