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Texans GM Brian Gaine Looking To Draft Versatility

April 18, 2019 - 3:58 pm

Houston (SPORTSRADIO 610) - Texans General Manager Brian Gaine shared his thoughts on some specific positions in the coming NFL Draft. The needs for the Texans have been widely regarded in the defensive secondary and offensive line. Gaine thinks that there are possibilities for the Texans at both positions on multiple days in the draft.

"There’s starting-caliber players in this draft, both in day one and day two. Day two inclusive of the second and third round. You might be able even to extend that to day [three], the early portion of day [three]. So, I think there is a lot of volume. There’s guys that have outside skillsets, there’s guys who have inside skillsets and there’s a few players in this draft, I think, that offer the versatility to be either/or. You’ve heard me say this before – we’re going to try to acquire as much versatility as we can. The best players who are also the most versatile to help save some of those roster spots when you’re only dressing 46,” Brian said.

For defensive backs, it is not only about their skill set specifically for the positions, but also their contributions elsewhere. This is a demand for the Texans according to Gaine. A player's usefulness means a lot in the draft process.

"Any of the skill or big skill positions, if you’re not going to be in the starting lineup or be in the contributing role, then what value do you bring on fourth down? When it comes to fourth down, we’re looking for speed, range, athleticism, the ability to cover ground, the ability to make tackles in space. There’s a lot that goes into it," Gaine said. "No. 1, it has to be a system, fit, No. 2, we’re looking for certain parameters in height, weight, speed. No. 3, starter versus situational, and No. 4, what do they do for you on fourth down?”

This ideal also applies similarly to the offensive line. 

"I think there’s [varying] portions in this draft at tackle where you could get a starting-caliber player, both in day one or day two. I think there’s some contributing-level players there in the mid rounds where they could be versatile swing players for you. There’s some players at various portions in this draft at tackle where you see some flexibility to go play guard. So, when you’re thinking about managing your gameday roster there’s seven players who dress. Some of those mid-round tackles have the ability, we think, maybe, to be possible tackle-guard types," Brian said. "I think there’s some [varying] points, obviously first round, day two, and then there’s portions in day three, the early portion of day three, where you can get some of those versatile swing guys."