Every team has needs, a draft board, and a plan of attack when it comes to the NFL Draft. As we get closer to the draft, I will take a look at each team needs and who they could be targeting. Up next, the AFC South.
Remaining Team Needs: TE, OL, NT, CB
Needs for Depth: RB, OL, DL, OLB, SS
Potential Draft Haul:
- Round 1, Pick 23: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama- Versatile lineman who will be an immediately upgrade inside at guard or outside at tackle.
- Round 2, Pick 54: Elgton Jenkins, OL, Mississippi St.- Interior offensive lineman who can excel at either guard or center.
- Round 2, Pick 55: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland- Play-making safety who can provide rotational depth early on before stepping into a starting role.
- Round 3, Pick 86: Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma- Powerful lineman who fits perfectly at the right guard spot.
- Round 5, Pick 161: Trevon Wesco, TE, West Virginia- Solid blocking tight end who is a better receiving option at the position than those already on the roster.
- Round 6, Pick 195: Ronheem Bingham, EDGE, Arkansas St.- Developmental hands rusher who can provide depth at outside linebacker and help on Special Teams.
- Round 7, Pick 220: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah St.- Quick, elusive runner to complement Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman while possibly providing help as a returner.
Summary: Offensive line. Offensive line. Offensive line! And then more offensive line. That should be the focus and priority of a lot of Houston’s picks in this draft. Deshaun Watson got hit WAY too many times last season and nearly every position along the line could stand to be upgraded. Other than finding a reliable target at tight end which will be on the list of target in the middle to late rounds, it is all about the O-Line. On defense, finding a starting caliber nose tackle and cornerback will also be priorities before looking for depth along the defensive line and at outside linebacker and safety.
Remaining Team Needs: DT, SS
Needs for Depth: WR, Interior OL, DL, MLB, CB, S
Potential Draft Haul:
- Round 1, Pick 26: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame- Explosive pass rusher with some power in the middle who can add to the rotation before stepping into a starting role.
- Round 2, Pick 34: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.- Active, hard hitting safety who is an upgrade over Clayton Geathers and a perfect complement to Malik Hooker.
- Round 2, Pick 59: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina- Solid all-around receiver who can play inside or outside.
- Round 3, Pick 89: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt- Long, lanky cornerback who is at his best in zone-coverage.
- Round 4, Pick 129: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame- Athletic bigger bodied receiver who can rotate this year before stepping into a starting role.
- Round 4, Pick 135: Germaine Pratt, LB, NC State- Athletic former safety who can provide athleticism and coverage skills behind Darius Leonard.
- Round 5, Pick 164: Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon- Thin, but ultra-athletic player who will be a situational pass rusher as a rookie as he develops physically.
- Round 6, Pick 199: Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky- Tough grinder of a running back to round out the position group and complement Marlon Mack.
- Round 7, Pick 240: Byron Cowart, DL, Maryland- Versatile defensive lineman who can play inside or outside depending on the situation.
Summary: The Colts are tricky as they have a solid roster all the way through with no huge and glaring holes, but also have multiple positions that could stand to be upgraded. Offensively, the wide receiver group is the biggest question mark with depth at guard and center also being a possible upgrade. On defense, finding younger, more explosive defensive lineman and upgrading the safety positions will be priorities. After that, Chris Ballard and company will look to add depth to nearly every position group.