PFF draft board: Houston Texans

Senior Analyst Steve Palazzolo takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Texans' needs.

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PFF draft board: Houston Texans


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 NFL franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board [scroll down to bottom of article] that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Houston Texans: 

Round 1 (22nd overall)

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

With the Brock Osweiler signing, it’s all about finding offensive weapons to complement WR DeAndre Hopkins on the outside. Shepard is the draft’s best slot receiver, and he posted the highest overall grade last season among FBS targets, so his shifty route-running is a much-needed addition to the Houston offense.

Vernon Butler, DE, Louisiana Tech

Butler is a nice fit in a 3-4 scheme, and he could go anywhere from the middle of the first round into the early second. There’s little talent at defensive end opposite J.J. Watt, and Butler can play the run and push the pocket as a pass-rusher.

Jarran Reed, NT/DE, Alabama

Another defensive line option, Reed is a better fit than Butler at nose tackle, but he’s also versatile enough to play DE in a 3-4 scheme as well. When aligned head-up on opposing offensive linemen, our No. 2 graded interior defensive lineman brings excellent technique to the table, and he can finish plays, as his nation-leading run-stop percentage of 13.4 percent can attest.

Round 2 (52nd overall)

Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU

One of our favorite prospects in the draft, Kaufusi is not a fit for every team, but he’s another option for the Texans on the defensive line. He has the frame to play defensive end, and he was excellent as a pass-rusher (fifth in the nation) and against the run (fourth in run-stop percentage).

Jerell Adams, TE, South Carolina

The best all-around tight end in the draft should have a number of teams targeting him in the second round. Adams handles defensive ends in the running game as well as any tight end in the class (ninth-best run-block grade) and he has some wiggle at the top of his routes that allows him to get open up the seam while creating big plays (led class by forcing 10 missed tackles).

Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford

Houston has run a lot more power up front under Bill O’Brien, and Garnett is the best pulling guard in the draft. His +33.1 run-block grade ranked second in the nation, and while he has some work to do in pass protection, he’s better than the other power-blocking guards in the class.

Round 3 (85th overall)

Dean Lowry, DE, Northwestern

Another good 3-4 defensive end option, Lowry played both on the edge and on the inside at Northwestern, where he posted the nation’s 10th-best overall grade. He was the third-best bull-rusher in the class (one pressure every 25.9 rushes) and he’ll be a great value for 3-4 teams in the third round.

Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State

If the Texans don’t grab Shepard in the first round, this would be a good spot to take a chance on Miller, who still has to grow at the position, but has the athleticism to separate in the slot. Miller is dynamic with the ball in his hands—he just needs to tie up his inconsistent route-running.

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Henry may be gone by this point, but if he’s available, he provides a nice complement to newly-signed Lamar Miller. Henry’s downhill style is a good fit for Houston’s offense, and it’s just another offensive weapon to ease the burden on Osweiler.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardHouston Texans Draft Board
DeForest BucknerDIOregon21
Myles JackLBUCLA62
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State33
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State14
Jared GoffQBCal45
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville86
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State77
Corey ColemanWRBaylor98
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss59
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1010
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1211
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1712
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2013
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2314
William Jackson IIICBHouston1515
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2616
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1817
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3318
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1919
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3220
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1121
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3022
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3523
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1324
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2225
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3926
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4026
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1428
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2529
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2429
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2931
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1632
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2733
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3634
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5935
Ryan KellyCAlabama4236
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5637
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3838
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4539
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4340
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4140
Eli AppleCBOhio State3142
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7143
Joshua GarnettGStanford5044
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2845
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2146
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6546
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5748
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5848
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6048
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3451
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6652
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4652
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6454
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6354
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6254
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5157
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6758
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5259
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5559
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5459
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7662
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State7863
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10164
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7365
Su'a CravensLBUSC4866
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7966
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8266
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4769
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4970
Darius LathamDIIndiana8471
Christian WestermanGArizona State8571
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7073
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6973
Jeremy CashSDuke5375
Connor CookQBMichigan State7576
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7476
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9778
Braxton MillerWROhio State9878
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8080
Willie HenryDIMichigan9981
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10782
Jake McGeeTEFlorida12383
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9184
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9484
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8986
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4487
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8388
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8689
Matt SkuraCDuke12890
Austin HooperTEStanford12590
Vonn BellSOhio State9092
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8792
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9694
Devin LucienWRArizona State9294
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3796
Joe DahlOTWashington State11296
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10996
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11999
Maliek CollinsDINebraska61100
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114100
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93102
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150103
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118104
Darron LeeLBOhio State81105
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126105
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State68107
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138108
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama77109
David MorganTEUTSA153110
Austin BlytheCIowa203110
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145112
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88113
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri108114
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157115
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182116
Matt IoannidisDITemple124117
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State102118
Devon CajusteTEStanford174118
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180120
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173120
Tavon YoungCBTemple115122
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230125
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95126
Devontae BookerRBUtah103127
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105127
Jack AllenCMichigan State122129
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127130
Cody KesslerQBUSC106130
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134132
Jihad WardDIIllinois159133
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160133
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162133
Terrell LathanDITCU167133
Max TuerkCUSC113137
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140138
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116139
Will ParksSArizona100140
Artie BurnsCBMiami144141
Daniel LascoRBCal141142
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129143
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148144
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168144
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170144
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175144
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178144
Byron MarshallWROregon121149
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161150
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166150
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104150
Jayron KearseSClemson120153
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131154
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111155
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222156
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169156
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117158
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135159
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137159
Keanu NealSFlorida176161
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130162
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210163
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195164
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196164
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142166
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136166
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158168
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156168
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187170
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163171
Kevin HoganQBStanford143172
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149172
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154172
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211172
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133176
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177177
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181177
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110179
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179180
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155181
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165181
Ian SeauEDGENevada219183
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220183
Cody CoreWROle Miss184185
Kenny LawlerWRCal193185
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200187
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208187
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171189
Corey TindalCBMarshall172189
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152191
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146191
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197193
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139194
Ryker MathewsGBYU164195
Blake MartinezLBStanford198196
Ted KarrasGIllinois213196
Teddy RubenWRTroy212196
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201199
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206199
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151201
Mike RoseEDGENC State223201
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244201
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246201
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147201
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207206
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215207
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214207
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218207
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216207
Joey HuntCTCU189211
T.J. GreenSClemson217212
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185213
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186213
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188213
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190213
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194217
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241218
Jake BrendelCUCLA245218
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204220
Nick VigilLBUtah State205220
Connor McGovernGMissouri202220
Boston StiversonGKansas State237223
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238223
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243223
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234223
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240223
Deion JonesLBLSU250223
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226223
Charone PeakeWRClemson229223
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236223
Trevor DavisWRCal239223
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227223
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191234
Alex LewisOTNebraska183234
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192234
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233237
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235237
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199239
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209239
John TheusOTGeorgia231241
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232241
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249241
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242241
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225241
Jalen MillsCBLSU247241
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248241
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221248
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224249
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228250

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