First I want to say thank you to the Houston Texans website staff for being blog-friendly and fixing their embeds so they don't autoplay. The above HoustonTexans.com video is of Texans secondary coach, Jon Hoke talking about the secondary players in this year's draft, and what the Texans are looking for when scouting free agents and potential draft picks. If you just want to read the interview, check out this link.
Reports say that the Texans are looking in free agency at Dallas CB Jacques Reeves and Dolphins Rex Hadnot as a center/guard. I don't believe taking Reeves would preclude getting a cornerback in the draft because the Texans need tons of secondary help.
The Houston Chronicle's John McClain still believes that the Texans are going to pick cornerback first as greatest need, but at least from what Hoke says publicly above, they think the draft is pretty deep at this position. I'm not a big fan of reaching for need, and the three greatest needs as listed by McClain are cornerback, running back and left tackle.
The Texans have a ton of needs, including on their defensive line, though fans would probably not be happy with yet another defensive line pick.
He notes in that article:
Yes, we'd love to see Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Stewart or Felix Jones in the Texans' backfield. But with Ahman Green, Ron Dayne, Darius Walker and Chris Taylor competing for three positions, they're not destitute.Hmmm, two old guys that can't stay healthy, one young small undrafted guy, and one young undrafted guy coming off of injury. Sounds pretty destitute to me. The way you know that you are destitute at a position is whether you can think of any teams who would want to swap their guys for yours.
That being said, the success of this Texans offseason is to see if the they can get a secondary that rises to even being average. They were 1-5 in division last year, and a large part of that is a horrible Texans secondary that made Kerry Collins and Vince Young look good, struggled against the Jags tall receivers, and got destroyed by Colts QB Peyton Manning twice a year.
Personally, I think the Texans will need a miracle to fix the secondary. They had to play very simple last year due to multiple injuries, and experienced, good free agents are nearly impossible to pick up. I wish the Texans good luck, and hope nothing in the offseason is like offering a second and third round pick for Phillip Buchanon.