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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
On the Clock: Houston Texans

By Keith Kidd
Scouts Inc.

Through April 20, "SportsCenter" will put every NFL team "On The Clock." Scouts Inc. will break down each team and look at what questions still need answering.

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Texans
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Texans' free agents
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Second-year head coach Gary Kubiak has chosen Matt Schaub as the team's new franchise quarterback, replacing the inconsistent David Carr. Simply put, the coaching staff lost faith in Carr. Can Schaub be the franchise quarterback this organization so desperately needs? The Texans are hoping Schaub as well as the addition of running back Ahman Green (Packers) will improve an attack that finished 28th in total offense. Also, assistant head coach and new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman is implementing a new identity on offense that will incorporate more balance in 2007. Defensively, the Texans will continue to add more speed and playmaking ability around second-year player MLB DeMeco Ryans. Nevertheless, the Texans still have a lot of work to do in making up ground in the AFC South.

Key additions

The Texans have been very busy in free agency. Without a doubt, the addition of Schaub (Falcons) was huge to everybody inside the Texans organization. However, Schaub has started only two games over his career. He has very good physical skills with the upside to develop potentially into a frontline starting quarterback. Green should upgrade a running game that finished 21st in rushing. If healthy, Green still has some big-play ability as the featured runner. The Texans also addressed their offensive line with the signing of LT Jordan Black (Chiefs). Defensively, the Texans signed WLB Shawn Barber (Eagles) to compete alongside MLB Ryans, and added experience and depth with the signing of RDT Jeff Zgonina (Dolphins), MLB Danny Clark (Raiders) and CB Jamar Fletcher (Lions).

Mock draft: Texans
The Pick (No. 10 overall):
CB Leon Hall, Michigan
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Hall
Todd McShay: The Texans need to find a quality starter opposite Dunta Robinson and Hall is the top-rated cornerback in this year's class.
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Key losses

The Texans released their first-ever draft pick, Carr, whose record as a starter was 22-53. He also was sacked an amazing 249 times. He was too turnover-prone for Kubiak's West Coast passing attack. Although WR Eric Moulds' skills are declining, he was still a solid complementary No. 2 receiver opposite Andre Johnson. Moulds finished last season second on the team with 57 receptions. The Texans also released NT Seth Payne, RT Zach Wiegert and RB Domanick Williams, who all failed postseason physicals. Backup OLB Antwan Peek signed with the Browns, while backup CB Lewis Sanders signed with the Falcons.

Remaining questions:

The Texans have been very active in filling needs during free agency, which should allow them to take the best available player with the No. 10 pick. Offensively, they need a receiver who can complement Johnson and give Schaub another legitimate target through the air. Even with the signing of Black, there are still concerns about the left tackle position due to the health concerns of lCharles Spencer, who suffered a major knee injury against Indianapolis in the second game of last season. Defensively, the Texans need to address their No. 2 corner spot opposite Dunta Robinson. They are need more speed and playmaking skills at linebacker and safety.