The Houston Texans had one of the more balanced offenses in the league last season. Undrafted Rookie Arian Foster came through with a monster season in an offense built to create fantasy producing running backs. Matt Schaub was solid once again but the Texans may want to consider looking for a player to develop down the road. Andre Johnsoncontinues to be one of the most dominant receivers in the game but the Texans could use a nice complement to him as well. The defense was the biggest problem in 2010 so most of the picks in the NFL Draft should have been concentrated in that direction. I will break down the very limited amount of picks used on offense in this edition of the 2011 NFL Draft fantasy recap of the Houston Texans.
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Round 5 (121st Overall) - Tyler Yates - QB
Yates is capable of being a serviceable back-up in the NFL. He had a much improved senior season where he finally showed some leadership and better decision making. He does not possess overwhelming physical tools and struggles with the deep ball but can make the short and immediate throws.
Round 6 (214st Overall) - Derek Newton - OL
Newton has nice size and can do a decent job in the running game down the road. He will need to improve his agility and strength to play at the next level. Newton will also have to likely play at the guard position to really be effective at the NFL level and will just be added depth at this time as he continues to learn.
The Texans did not really address much in this draft on the offensive side of the ball as they went very defensive heavy. The biggest effect that this may have is helping the running game. Too many times last season did Foster not get the carries he should have due to falling behind big early on. Foster did a nice job in the passing game but more carries should lead to more fantasy points. Another weapon is also still needed in the passing game as Jacoby Jones has not quite stepped up to be a solid #2 so that maybe looked at in free agency. Yates should eventually be a solid back-up so that position was at least addressed slightly. Overall, the Texans went the direction they had too as the offense was not a concern so it makes it real hard to judge this draft from an offensive fantasy perspective.
Grade = C
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