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The Houston Texans just finished up their 2016 NFL Draft with the end of the fifth round selection, but could still trade back into the draft for a guy they want. Some quick thoughts on this draft before a round by round breakdown, I thoroughly enjoyed the aggressiveness by the Texans in trading up in rounds one and two to get the guys they wanted. Bill O’Brien and Rick smith did their homework extra well, and did not want to miss on certain guys. No matter your opinion on a certain selection, we should all be happy to see this aggression by our organization.

Round 1(21)

Will Fuller WR Notre Dame

The Houston Texans valued speed, as they drafted speed throughout the draft. Fuller is a lanky, but not tall, receiver who can absolutely take the top off of a defense. He excels in go routes, tunnel screens, and is a team first player as he was very active in blocking for the Fighting Irish when he was not the focal point of a play. Fuller does not posses great hands, but he is willing to go up and fight for a ball and does not shy away from contact. He excels at tracking the deep ball and locating the ball at its highest point. One thing that should be noted is that Bill O’Brien offered Fuller one of his few scholarships three years ago when he was with Penn State, so Bill got his guy. Unfortunately, there were better options on my board here at wideout so I knock this pick slightly. Fuller will need time to develop and his upside to me is that of TY Hilton, a complimentary speedster on an offense. Normally you want a sure thing in the first round. Getting a speedy weapon to open up the offense is still a huge win here.

Grade: B-

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