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Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Is safety a need for the Texans?

By Tania Ganguli

One more Insider post to call your attention to today.

This is actually a story from a week ago, but at that time the Texans were on the verge of hiring a new head coach, which pushed this by the wayside.

Here's a take from Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. on what the biggest needs are for AFC South teams . For the Texans, he says quarterback, offensive tackle and safety are the biggest needs.

Quarterback is a no-brainer and the Texans will definitely add at least one in some fashion this offseason. Matt Schaub, who began this past season as the team's starter, should be gone shortly. Case Keenum, who started eight games, might stick around through camp, but got worse as the season went on. I do think Keenum can improve, but he's too much of an unknown for the Texans not to make other plans at the position.

Can't argue with offensive tackle, where Muench suggests Texas A&M's Jake Matthews, Tennessee's Antonio Richardson or Ohio State's Jack Mewhort.

I would disagree that safety is the Texans' next biggest need, though. The Texans would be fine with D.J. Swearinger and Danieal Manning. Their defensive front will be more needy than the backfield next season, especially given the likely departure of Antonio Smith in free agency and the inability of their outside linebackers to create much pressure.

Muench does note that with the first overall pick, the Texans very well could take the best available player, who might be South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney or UCLA's Anthony Barr, both of whom received the same grade from Scouts Inc.