Here’s how Houston Texans could make huge pre-draft splash

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For the first time in years, the Houston Texans are in a position where they have a large amount of salary cap space and are flush with draft capital to make significant improvements to the roster.

GM Nick Caserio can make a splash in free agency and try to “buy” one of the top players on the market, or he can spread around his budget in free agency and prioritize bodies over talent.

When we asked NFL.com's draft expert Lance Zierlein about how the Texans should proceed, he said he believes the Texans should be bold and go after a highly coveted free agent. Some of the names we discussed were Saints DL Marcus Davenport, and Bills LB Tremaine Edmunds. A wide receiver like DJ Chark or Jakobi Meyers could also be a good fit for the Texans, especially if disgruntled WR Brandin Cooks has played his last game in a Texans uniform.

Finally, Mel Kiper Jr.'s latest mock draft has the Texans trading to No. 1 and selecting Bryce Young. His thought is the compensation could be similar to what the Bears had to give up to climb one spot and select Mitchell Trubisky (swap first rounders, 3rd round pick, 4th round pick, 2024 third round pick). If this is indeed what it would require to move up to No.1, should the Texans make the deal?

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NFL free agency is right around the corner and the Houston Texans have a ton of salary cap space. Not to mention, it was announced on Friday the NFL is raising the salary cap to $255.4 million, an increase over 13%.

PFF has the Texans with the 7th-most cap space in the NFL at $67.5 million. So what should the Texans do with all of that money?

Several players have already been connected to the Texans. Houston is the betting favorite to land Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, according to bookies.com.

And Giants running back Saquon Barkley has been rumored to have interest in joining the Texans after he followed many players on social media like Brevin Jordan, CJ Stroud, Nico Collins, and others.

But in the video above, Craig from Sports Talk Extra makes his case for the Texans to address the front seven. But not in the typical way by adding a defensive lineman. He believes DeMeco Ryans will have interest in signing Panthers middle linebacker Frankie Luvu based on an article he read of Texans Wire.

Luvu was originally an edge defender for the Jets, but now is an interior linebacker who has seen a ton of success over the last two years with Carolina. He's recorded over 100 tackles in his last two seasons, and also sacked the quarterback 5.5 times last season, and 7 times in 2022. You don't find many players with both that many tackles and sacks.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman struggled in coverage for the Texans last year, dealt with injuries, and is 31 years old. So with his contract now expired, the Texans should look to upgrade.

Spotrack has Luvu's market value at $11.2 million/year. They believe he will command a deal in the 4-year, $40 million range.

So should the Texans make the deal?

Check out the video above to watch the full discussion.


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