A breakdown of the Houston Texans 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp:
Deshaun Watson, QB, first round (No. 12 overall): Watson has impressed the Texans’ coaching staff since he stepped into the building in Houston, and that continued in the Texans' preseason opener, where he went 15-of-25 for 179 yards passing and had a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Head coach Bill O’Brien said Watson was right about the offensive scheme about half the time -- “to be expected with a rookie" -- but he also liked Watson’s “poise and demeanor and the way that he sees the game.” Tom Savage is still the Texans’ starting quarterback and will likely start Week 1, but Watson is pushing him during training camp for that starting job.Zach Cunningham, ILB, second round (No. 57): Cunningham won’t be a starter right away for the Texans, but O’Brien said he was happy with what he did in his NFL debut on Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers. The rookie had a team-high seven tackles in the game, a few which came right on the spot after a completed pass. DeAndre Hopkins JerseysThe Texans don’t have a lot of depth at linebacker, Jadeveon Clowney Jerseysand Cunningham could be the eventual replacement for veteran Brian Cushing.
D'Onta Foreman, RB, third round (No. 89): The Texans have a lot of competition of running back, J.J. Watt Jerseysbut Foreman could come out of training camp as Lamar Miller's backup. O’Brien said he hopes to manage Miller’s carries this season, Lamar Miller Jerseysso Foreman should see quite a bit of playing time. The rookie had a few good carries in Houston’s preseason opener, including a 41-yard run, and O’Brien said he liked what Foreman did on special teams as well.
Julien Davenport, OT, fourth round (No. 130): The Texans had a need at right tackle entering the draft but waited until the fourth round to address it. Houston drafted Davenport of Bucknell knowing he needed time to develop into an NFL tackle. Brian Cushing JerseysThe Texans like his athleticism and hope eventually he will be able to see time at tackle.