While Houston Texans should look at key positions such as quarterback early in the 2017 NFL Draft, there a few positions that they can bolster on Day 3. The rumors are swirling about what the team will do early, but we’ve seen plenty of gems come off the board in late rounds. At the very least, the Texans should be able to find some depth and intriguing talent in the late rounds of the draft. So, let’s breakdown a few options for the team to consider in Rounds 5-7.
Nate Hairston, CB, Temple
The need at cornerback isn’t as glaring as some think. While the Texans did lose A.J. Bouye in free agency, they still have plenty of talent at the position, including Kevin Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve last season.
The Texans will probably use a higher pick on cornerback, but they should also add some depth in the fifth or sixth round. Hairston is going to be a project, though, as he transitioned to cornerback from wide receiver as a junior. Even with that said, he’s shown flashes and could be a nice developmental project for the Texans.
Kareem Are, G, Florida State
When Are did miss two games last season due to concussion-like symptoms, we saw RB Dalvin Cook put together two of his worst performances of the season without him in the lineup.
He’s a great run blocker and is more than worth ta pick in the sixth or seventh round.
Carroll Phillips, DE/OLB, Illinois
Phillips is an intriguing prospect who has good size (6-foot-3, 243 pounds) and ran a solid 4.64-second 40-yard dash. He had 9 sacks as a junior, and it’s obvious that the potential is certainly there.
Phillips is unlikely to wind up starting early on in his career and may not ever turn into a starter, but he should be good enough to be rotated in for many years. No reason not to take a chance on a player who has flashed so much potential.
Jadar Johnson, S, Clemson
The Texans lost Quintin Demps to the Chicago Bears, and while they’re hoping that 2016 fifth-round pick K.J. Dillon can step up and fill the void, adding some type of depth to potentially create a battle at the position is key. This is where Johnson would come into play.
Last season, he totaled 53 combined tackles with 7 passes defensed and 5 interceptions. It was his first season as a starter, so he’s going to need some time to grow more than likely, which is why he’s an ideal late-round pick.
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
While Roberts only caught 45 passes last season, an impressive 16 of them went for touchdowns. That’s a strong rate and shows that he can be an excellent red zone target for the Texans.
While tight end currently isn’t the biggest need for the team, adding another playmaker to the mix in the late rounds would make sense for the Texans.