- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Staff Writer
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What I think they are thinking at the headquarters of the Houston Texans…
We love what we did in the draft. DeAndre Hopkins is just the receiver we wanted to pair with Andre Johnson, and Hopkins is going to make us a lot better on offense. He’ll be the most immediately impactful new guy on offense we’ve had in some time. And D.J. Swearinger is a big-hitting safety who is really going to create doubt in players on opposing offenses. That dime look with three corners and three safeties is going to be tougher than last year’s version, with Ed Reed and Swearinger replacing Glover Quin and Quintin Demps. We’ll be a lot better against the league’s top tight ends. We’ve got an upgraded alternative at right tackle in Brennan Williams, with Derek Newton ranking as an injury concern coming off a serious knee operation. The linebacking corps can shake out in different ways, but we can be fine kicking Brooks Reed inside and allowing Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to take over strongside duties. We won’t miss any of the veterans we lost and should wind up better equipped to matchup with the teams we’ll need to beat if we’re going to go further in the playoffs.