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3 Players the Texans Need to Avoid With Their Top Draft Pick

Max Staley
Brandon Aiyuk is one player the Texans should avoid if he's still available with the No. 40 pick.
Brandon Aiyuk is one player the Texans should avoid if he's still available with the No. 40 pick. / Kent Horner/Getty Images
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The Houston Texans had one of the more shocking offseasons in the league, shipping out DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. They didn't receive a first-round pick in exchange, though, and the team had already traded its own first rounder as a part of the Laremy Tunsil deal.

The team won't be on the clock until the No. 40 overall pick, but that selection is a crucial one. Here are three players the team should avoid picking at the top of the second round.

3. Grant Delpit , DB, LSU

Grant Delpit is a great player, but he might not be the best fit for Houston.
Grant Delpit is a great player, but he might not be the best fit for Houston. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Grant Delpit is one of the premier playmakers in this draft class, but he doesn't excel in coverage. Last season, the Texans finished with the league's seventh-worst pass defense, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metric, and part of that was due to inefficiency on the backend. Tashaun Gipson received a 59.5 grade from Pro Football Focus last season, and if the Texans want to upgrade that spot, they'd be better off going with a safety whose great in coverage, like Antoine Winfield Jr.

2. Any Running Back

J.K. Dobbins is a great player, but the Texans don't need a running back in Round 2.
J.K. Dobbins is a great player, but the Texans don't need a running back in Round 2. / Christian Petersen/Getty Images

There are a lot of holes on this roster. If healthy, Johnson is more than capable of handling lead back duties, and Duke Johnson Jr. is a great pass-catcher. The team should be able to get by at RB, and Houston would be much better off using the pick to address a more pressing need.

1. Brandon Aiyuk , WR, Arizona State

Brandon Aiyuk might be a bit of a reach at the top of the second round.
Brandon Aiyuk might be a bit of a reach at the top of the second round. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Texans do need help at wide receiver due to that Hopkins trade, but Brandon Aiyuk would be a reach at No. 40. He's only had one season of legitimate production, and his 4.50 time in the 40-yard dash is a bit of a red flag for someone without plus size (6'0"). This draft class is loaded at WR, and Houston might be better off addressing the position later.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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