Texans have options for replacing Quintin Demps

Demps left for the Bears during this offseason. PFF premium stats show the options Houston has for replacing him, including on the roster and in the draft.

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Texans have options for replacing Quintin Demps

Quintin Demps had a career year for the Texans in 2016, then took the money and ran to Chicago in free agency.

  • Rick Smith recently said in an interview the Texans have options on the roster, but this draft class is “one of the strongest safety positions that I can remember,” and that there is depth at the position throughout the entire draft.
  • The options to replace Demps on the current roster include Corey Moore and Eddie Pleasant.
  • Moore graded out at 75.0, position rank 60 in 2016. He had 6 stops and 4 missed tackles.
  • Pleasant was efficient as a dime-back-blitzer, accumulating 5 QB pressures on just 20 pass-rushes. Pleasant allowed a 57.7 completion percentage into his coverage, best of Texans safeties.

Draft options

  • Early-round target: Marcus Williams, Utah. Highest run-stop percentage of all FBS safeties in 2016. Second-highest tackle efficiency against run of all FBS safeties in 2016. Had just a 53.5 Passer Rating Against in 2016.
  • Mid-round target: Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech. Allowed just 27 of 47 throws into his area to be completed in 2016. QB rating against was 58.4.
  • Late-round target: Chuck Clark, Virginia Tech. Allowed 54.2 completion percentage in three seasons, while missing just 19 of 230 attempted tackles and registering 83 stops.

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