Examining the Texans' draft options

In his weekly Scouts' Eye feature, our friend Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. examines the Texans’ options with the 20th pick in the first round of this month’s draft. You need an Insider subscription to read the entire piece, but here’s an excerpt:

I see four prominent needs on the Houston Texans and rank them in this order: cornerback, running back, free safety and a big, run-stopping nose tackle-type to better unleash their outstanding group of linebackers. Considering the severity of the first three needs, satisfying that last one might be a bit of a luxury. But if Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams is available at No. 20 overall, passing on him should be very difficult for Houston.

Although running back -- preferably a bigger, downhill, chain-moving type -- is clearly a major need, I also contend that ball carriers (especially in this offensive system) are relatively easy to find. Using that first-rounder on defense and adding a quality power back prospect like Stanford's Toby Gerhart or Tennessee's Montario Hardesty in the second round would be an excellent approach.

Williamson also identifies a running back who would make sense for the Texans at No. 20 and two safeties who he thinks would fit Houston’s needs as well.