Are you guys excited about the 2016 Houston Texans? Our defense is already one of the best in the NFL and now our offense has become the talk of the NFL world. NFL and NCAA analysts like Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper Jr. have been praising us all week for what they call an A- draft. They should have just given us an A+ in my opinion.
Signing quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller was a big splash in free agency, but then the Texans followed that by drafting three of the fastest runners in the entire draft. We also landed our long-term franchise center in Nick Martin from Notre Dame in the second round. He'll be anchoring our offense.
I wanted to discuss the three speedy guys and playmakers we drafted. It excites me quite a bit. Bill O'Brien and the Texans are building something special. We should be able to spread the field and make big plays in open space. All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who emerged as a top five wideout in the entire league last season despite playing with little offensive talent around him, is going to benefit the most from all of the added weapons.
Wide Receiver: Will Fuller, Notre Dame - First Round Selection (21st overall)
Wide Receiver: Braxton Miller, Ohio State - Third Round Selection (85th overall)
Running Back: Tyler Ervin, San Jose State - Fourth Round Selection (119th overall)
Besides being super fast, all three of those guys are versatile playmakers. Will Fuller and Tyler Ervin can help on special teams (kick returns, punt returns). And Braxton Miller is a former quarterback that can play wide receiver and running back. He could be very valuable in trick formations. Whatever creativity that Bill O'Brien wants to dial up.
Brock Osweiler has to feel like a kid in a candy store: He just came to a team with one of the best wide receivers in the league in DeAndre Hopkins, one of the best defenses in the league anchored by J.J. Watt, and now he gets to throw to one of the fastest teams in the league.
With all of the youth and speed we have on offense we should become one of the highest-scoring teams in the league over the next few years. How good we can become is going to be fun to watch. The sky is the limit for the 2016 Houston Texans.
I've seen every Houston Texans game ever played: Starting with their first game ever (2002 Hall of Fame preseason game against the New York Giants) and in my entire 14 years watching this franchise, I can honestly say this is the most excited that I've felt about them entering a season. The toughest part now is waiting four more months until Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.
Hopefully we can stay injury free this off-season. Staying healthy is all we need right now.