One draft guru's thoughts on the Texans at No. 15

February, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the Houston Texans in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are safety, defensive end and cornerback.

Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:

Safety: Unfortunately, there simply is not a safety worthy of this high of a selection. In fact, at this point, there isn't a safety likely to be taken in the first round, though a sparkling workout from Louis Delmas or Patrick Chung could change things by April.

Defensive end: The Texans would be wise to look for a pass-rusher opposite Mario Williams. Local product Brian Orakpo makes sense, as he -- while not explosive off the edge -- is a high-effort player with excellent strength and technique. He may never be a superstar, but he's solid and opposite Williams, that may be all they need. The Texans may be hesitant to invest yet another first-round pick in the position, however, meaning that the club might look toward an outside linebacker like Brian Cushing might make sense.

Cornerback: If Vontae Davis is available, his athleticism makes him an obvious candidate. The underrated D.J. Moore also makes sense due to his size and athleticism.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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