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Houston Texans: 2017 NFL Combine Players to Watch

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Houston Texans Combine Prospects

The Houston Texans made the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but major question marks on offense still remain. There are several players that would make interesting targets for the Texans.

General Manager Rick Smith brought in Brock Osweiler last year with the expectation of him becoming their franchise quarterback. In reality, Osweiler was one of the worst starters in the league. The team made the AFC Divisional round in spite of him rather than because of him. In fact, Osweiler was benched for backup Tom Savage in a move that arguably improved the offense.

With the 2017 NFL Combine acting as the opening ceremony to draft season, the Texans should be watching certain players very closely.

Patrick Mahomes – QB, Texas Tech

The Texans are unlikely to find an instant star at quarterback. With so many teams in the market, the likelihood of their top choice falling to 25th secelction is slim. Mahomes could be a superstar. It just won’t be in 2017. He would benefit from sitting and learning, but that might not be possible.There’s no doubt that DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, both of whom can win deep, would prefer his a quarterback with Mahomes’ gunslinger mentality.

The coaching staff will have to sit down with Mahomes to assess his football IQ. He comes from a system that doesn’t translate to the professional game. He needs to prove that he’s coachable because the physical tools are all there.

Garett Bolles – OT, Utah

Duane Brown has been a rock at LT for the Texans since he was drafted in 2008. That said, he will be 32 by week one and missed time last year through injury. Bolles is expected to test incredibly well and could start instantly at right tackle. He will be a 25 year old rookie with only a year of top level college football and Brown’s tutelage could prove invaluable.

The interview process will be crucial to Bolles. He will need to convince the Texans that he can be their left tackle of the future. If he wants to develop then there’s no better group to go up against in practice every day than the Texans’ pass rushers.

Adam Shaheen – TE, Ashland

Shaheen was dominant in college. Listed at 6’6 and 277 lbs, he was bigger, stronger and faster than anybody who tried to cover him. The Texans got solid production from their tight ends last year, but there’s potential to upgrade. Getting a safety blanket who can win in the middle of the field would benefit whoever plays quarterback.

The combine will be interesting for Shaheen. Will he test as well as expected or did he just look good against future insurance salesmen? A solid combine could improve his stock.

Budda Baker – FS, Washington

Bit of a wildcard here. Andre Hal isn’t in desperate need of replacing, but Baker would be a big upgrade to the Texan’s defense. He is a natural playmaker capable of handing possession to the offense in a second. Baker’s instincts and ball skills would be a nice welcoming addition to the secondary.

The most important part of the process for Baker will be his measurables. There’s no doubt that he is happy to hit. Undersized, the Texans will need to evaluate whether he’s physical enough to hold up.