Countdown to the draft: 12, 11 days

April, 27, 2014
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This is the penultimate weekend before the draft, and as it ends we inch closer to the delayed start of the 2014 draft.

Our countdown, which started with 15 days remaining until the draft, continues with two in one: 12 (so we don't skip it), and 11, the number of days we have remaining until the Texans (or whomever they trade the pick to) kick things off.

At 15 we discussed the 15 first-half turnovers the Texans committed. At 14, Andre Johnson's record for receptions in a game and 13 marked the number of years since the Texans announced their first head coach.

Saturday marked 12 days until the draft.

12. Times last season, the Texans' expected points added by their offense was a negative number.

Expected points added is a TruMedia statistic used to provide a situational perspective to a scoring margin. Predictably, the Texans' lowest expected points numbers for its offense came in two of their worst displays: against the San Francisco 49ers and at Indianapolis. In both games, the Texans only scored three points.

Oakland is an interesting one. It's the only game among the Texans' five worst games in terms of expected offensive points added in which the Texans' scoring reached double digits. Houston lost that game 28-23 -- seven of those points came courtesy of a Keshawn Martin punt return and nine from Randy Bullock kicks.

Which brings us to today...

11. Cornerbacks in Mel Kiper's top 100 prospects Insider

As I've said before, I think the Texans are okay on outside corners. Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson hold down those spots. Joseph is so valuable to the Texans that his double-digit cap number is worth it.

Inside I have more questions.

I could see the Texans drafting a corner possibly as early as the second round, or in the third. That would put them out of the range of guys like Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert or Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard, but this is considered a very deep draft for corners and receivers.

Kiper also has Jason Verrett of TCU, Bradley Roby of Ohio State, Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State, Keith McGill of Utah, Stanley Jean-Baptiste of Nebraska, Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma, Pierre Desir of Lindenwood and Terrance Mitchell of Oregon at 100.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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