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Friday, February 25, 2011
Texans have to go defense first, right?

By Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Texans have major needs on defense.

They need a defensive tackle, at least one outside linebacker, maybe two new starting safeties and, ideally, a veteran cornerback.

At No. 11, they could have a lot of options that fit. But what if a stud wide receiver is there?

Gary Kubiak was asked Friday if there is anyway the team wouldn’t go defense in the draft.

“I think you are always talking about taking the best players for your football team," Kubiak said. "You and I both know, we have big problems on that side of the ball last year. We made a big commitment to [new defensive coordinator] Wade [Phillips] to come in and get our defense going very quickly.

“We have a lot of improvements to make in that area. We will have to evaluate the draft. That won’t change, but obviously that’s a big part of our football team that needs to be corrected.”

Translation: Boy there would have to be a tremendous offensive talent for us to not take a defender. (At least I hope that's what he's saying.)

Kubiak said he loves the way Phillips evaluates players and the team will lean on him in that department.

Safety is a major need. Eugene Wilson was released and will be replaced at free safety. Incumbent strong safety Bernard Pollard, who can be a great run player but doesn’t help a great deal in pass defense, is not under contract.

Glover Quin was the team’s best cornerback and plays well inside in the nickel. Kubiak said he could be moved to safety depending on who the team adds. Houston isn't drafting a savior safety 11th. I think it would be a mistake to move Quin, but I’m saving further thoughts on the division’s safety issues for an up-coming column.

Hope you’ll come back to find that when we get to it.