The Texans made a significant departure from past drafts, opting for offensive weapons, speed and versatility.
If they hit on a few of these, the offense should look much different in 2016.
Realistically, at best the Texans will hit on two or three of these picks. But they made a big splash by adding receivers and a running back with speed. A look at what the Texans did in the draft:
Round 1, pick 21: Will Fuller, wide receiver, Notre Dame. Fuller is small and incredibly fast, and the Texans are hoping he can be a T.Y. Hilton or Deshaun Jackson type game changer. However, he has questionable hands and may struggle to get off the line of scrimmage against NFL corners. If they are right, they have added a significant new weapon for Brock Osweiler. If not? They might rue passing on Josh Doctson or Laquon Treadwell, wideouts who went right after him.
Bust potential: High.
Round 2, pick 50: Nick Martin, center, Notre Dame. Martin is a very solid player and a safe pick who can play center or guard. He has the versatility the Texans like, and should be ready to contribute very early. A really solid selection.
Bust potential: Low.
Round 3, pick 85: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State. An intriguing selection, Miller is a former quarterback who is a terrific athlete who could play slot receiver. He has only played one season at wide receiver and has every opportunity to get better. He might eventually be the Julian Edelman-type slot the Texans have long coveted. He has incredible speed and could be a kick return candidate.
Bust potential: Medium.
Round 4, Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State. Another fast, productive player who might also excel on kick returns. The upside is a Darren Sproles-type player who gives the Texans another dimension. With Ervin, Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue, the Texans have three solid, different running backs.
Bust potential: Medium.
Round 5, K.J. Dillon, safety, West Virginia. This is a depth pick who might have a hard time making the roster. The Texans needed safety depth, and that’s what he provides.
Bust potential: High, but in round five, is there such thing as a bust?
Round 5, pick 166. D.J. Reader, defensive tackle, Clemson. A nice, big player who should compete for a roster spot behind Vince Wilfork and might develop into an eventual replacement. He is the perfect type of DT for defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, a big guy who will eat up space and free up linebackers. Solid pick.
Bust potential: None at this stage of the draft.
The Texans did not address tight end, which remains a huge hole on the roster, but this wasn’t a good draft for that position and options might remain in free agency. They needed a starting caliber safety, but they might be good enough there with what they have on the roster.
The biggest hole remains defensive end opposite J.J. Watt. Again, that answer might be on the roster — Christian Covington, Jeoffrey Pagan or perhaps even Devon Still. The Texans obviously feel pretty good about who they have there.
So nobody knows how these picks will play out. But The Texans obviously knew they needed to add speed. The pick of Martin helps an offensive line that could be a question mark. One of the speedy picks should work out, and it would make a big difference on special teams.
They might have reached for Fuller, but the rest of the draft was very solid. And to their credit, the Texans almost always hit on their first-round pick. Now we sit back and wait to see who pans out and who doesn’t.