A wrap-up of the Houston Texans' draft:
Best move: Grabbing Braxton Miller in the third round. Miller is a little bit rough around the edges as a receiver, but with his speed and athletic ability, he's valuable. He can learn the position as he grows within the Texans' offense and they'll be able to use him for some of their trick plays and Wildcat snaps. Miller was, after all, a quarterback before he switched to receiver for his senior year. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 2012 and they also had a strong 2013 before Miller suffered a shoulder injury in the following offseason. Due to both his injury and Ohio State's logjam at quarterback, Miller made a switch to receiver that he might have had to make eventually anyway.
Riskiest move: Avoiding defense until the fifth round. The biggest question mark for the Texans heading into this year's organized team activities will be at defensive end. Jared Crick departed in free agency and the Texans didn't replace him. There was a fair amount of defensive-line talent in this year's draft, but the Texans opted to fill their offensive needs. It's impossible in any draft to address every problem, but that doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist. One possibility here is Devon Still, whom the Texans signed to a futures deal as soon as the season ended. He's labeled a defensive tackle, but he can play as a 3-4 defensive end.
Most surprising move: The first-round selection was an obvious one, but the trade to move up one spot from 22 to 21 to take Will Fuller was a bit surprising because the Texans had never traded up in the first round before. When a team moves one spot it's typically to prevent another team from moving up to take the guy it wants. Last year the Seattle Seahawks traded up in front of the Texans to take dynamic receiver Tyler Lockett before the Texans could grab him. Houston didn't want a repeat. There wasn't anything to worry about from those drafting near them, though. Washington had Josh Doctson ahead of Fuller, an opinion made clear by the fact that they were willing to trade with Houston so the Texans could take Fuller. The Vikings, who picked 23rd, weren't interested in Fuller. The Bengals, who picked 24th, liked Fuller, but liked Doctson better and weren't inclined to trade up for either, according to Bengals reporter Coley Harvey.
File it away: General manager Rick Smith said the Texans liked both safeties out of West Virginia -- Karl Joseph and K.J. Dillon. Joseph was out of the Texans' reach. Oakland selected him 14th overall. Dillon was available late. The Texans took him in the fifth round with the 159th overall pick in the draft. Dillon is physical and could turn into a solid player for the Texans.
Thumbs up: After signing quarterback Brock Osweiler, the Texans’ biggest remaining need was offensive speed. They started with Fuller, the fastest receiver at the NFL combine. Miller didn’t blow anyone away with his combine 40-yard dash, but his functional speed on the field can’t be denied. Fourth-round pick Tyler Ervin is fast, too, with a 4.41 40-yard dash and quick times in other agility drills. A lack of speed hurt the Texans' offense last season and that shouldn’t happen again with additions from this fast draft class and free agency.