Gaining value: Texans after the draft

May, 4, 2011
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Free agency has the potential to change things. But after the draft, here are three Texans who are more valuable/more important than they were before:

Shaun Cody: The Texans insisted prior to the draft that they would be fine in the new 3-4 with Cody and Earl Mitchell as their nose tackles. Many of us wanted to believe it was a smokescreen and they would come out of the draft with one anyway. They didn’t. Comparisons of Cody to Wade Phillip’s last nose tackle, Jay Ratliff in Dallas, are way off. But Cody’s the lead guy now and need to be productive.

Glover Quin: The team added two cornerbacks and a strong safety. I’d expect with the current construction of the defensive backfield the Texans would execute the plan to move Quin, a corner who’s at his best inside, to free safety. There is risk involved, but they are more reliant on him and his potential to succeed with the move now.

Kevin Walter: A dynamic receiver to go opposite Andre Johnson would have been a nice draft addition. Maybe they take a stab at a free agent. But it was only a year ago when they gave Walter, a precise and reliable guy, a significant deal to hold on to him. He should remain the second starter and we may need to say a 51-catch receiver with five touchdowns isn’t a bad piece in this powerful offense.

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