McIlvoy Column: Texans prepare for Draft

By Randy McIlvoy, Sports Director, Anchor, rmcilvoy@Kprc.com
Published On: Apr 23 2012 11:59:31 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 25 2012 10:55:51 PM CDT

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The big week has arrived.  KPRC Local 2 Sports has spent the past two Sports Sunday's profiling and previewing all things Houston Texans Football. 

Now it's time for the team to deliver some more talent.

The Texans own the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and it's no secret that their priorities are Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker and depth on the Offense line.

There are many national reports and experts talking a lot about Stanford Tight End Coby Fleener as a guy on the Texans Radar.  I'm not sure I'm buying into that.  Giants apparently like him too but they pick last in the first round.  I don't see the Texans using their first pick on a Tight End.  There are certainly more pressing needs.

The Texans already have O-D  and Garrett Graham. Graham has the potential of being a solid receiving tight end, but I'm not sure about his blocking skills.

I don't have the time or desire to study every player in the country.  Locally, Lance Zierlein and John Harris of thesidelineview.com are outstanding because they study this stuff year around not just when the all-star games and combine rolls around.  They had some very insightful info on Sports Sunday April 14th.

Teams, and that includes the Texans , aren't saying a word about their plans.

The Texans have always kept that policy.

GM Rick Smith will talk Tuesday with the media and really won't give us much of anything to go with at least it's a start.

This is a big offseason for the Texans.  They are a playoff team now and have to carry on and take it to the next level.  If they stay healthy, I see at least 10 wins on their schedule. 11 may be difficult to pull off but anything can happen.

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