HOUSTON (AP) – Nick Caserio enters his first draft as the general season in the 2019 deal with Miami that brought left tackle Laremy Tunsil toof the Houston Texans with the unique challenge of trying to improve a team that went 4-12 last season without the benefit of a first- or second-round pick. The Texans’ first pick in the draft isn’t until the third round at 67 overall after they traded away their choices in the first and second rounds for this
Houston. Caserio is a general manager for the first time after being hired by the Texans in January following almost two decades as an executive with the New England Patriots. He took over for Bill O’Brien, the team’s coach and general following last year’s 0-4 start. David Culley was hired to be the team’s new coach. Without a pick in the first two rounds, Caserio looked to improve the team through free agency. He was active this , signing 19 players led by running backs Mark Ingram, Phillip Lindsay, and quarterback Tyrod Taylor. . Along with the third-round pick, the Texans have one in the fourth, two in the fifth, three sixth-round choices, and one in the seventh round.
Considering that they don’t have any high draft picks this, it would be difficult for them to trade back into the first two rounds, but Caserio and his staff will be open to all options on draft night.
“Preparation is to look at different scenarios, how far could we move relative to the resources we currently have in place,” he said. “So the most important thing is always being prepared to pick whenever you’re scheduled to pick, and if there’s an opportunity to move up or down, we’ll be flexible, we’ll be open-minded, and we’ll just try to make the best use of the resources that we have.”
The Texans entered the draft with uncertainty at quarterback after 22 women have filed lawsuits since March 16 alleging that they wereor harassed by Deshaun Watson. and the NFL have said they are investigating the allegations, leaving his future with the team in the air.
Watson’s future in Houston was already in question before his legal issues after he became unhappy with the team’s direction and requested a trade early this. Caserio wouldn’t comment on the possibility of Watson being traded, but it would seem unlikely that he could be moved while his legal issues are pending.
“We’re respectful of the legal process and where that is,” Caserio said. “We’re focused on today, and we’re focused on getting ready for theand getting ready for the draft.”
A decade after the Texans picked J.J. Watt with the 11th overall asked for and was granted his release in February before joining fellow former Texan DeAndre Hopkins with the Cardinals., Houston could be looking to add a defensive end in this draft now that he’s in Arizona. Watt
The departure of the three-timeof the Year and franchise leader in sacks leave a massive hole in Houston’s defense. It will be difficult for the Texans to find a starter in the third round or later. But they could add some depth with a late-round pick that they could develop while new acquisitions Shaq Lawson or DeMarcus Walker move into Watt’s spot.
The signing of Taylor gives the Texans an insurance policy at quarterback if Watson can’t or won’t play for them. Taylor signed a one-year two seasons with the Chargers. He backed up Philip Rivers in his first year with the team before moving into the starting role last season.
He only started one game before being sidelined when aa painkilling injection for a rib injury. By the time he recovered, he had lost his starting job to Justin Herbert, the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
“What we try to do at all positions with the entire team is try to identify players that we … liked that may have had some experience with our staff and that we’re looking for an opportunity to compete, to be in a good situation and that wanted to be in Houston,” Caserio said. “He certainly fell into that category.”
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