On Thursday, the Texans said goodbye to players at three key positions, potential positions of need, heading into the 2016 season and beyond. If the Texans choose to replenish those three positions - RB, TE and S - through the draft, here are my top ranked players at each position.
I'm in the process of updating the Harris 100 so there are some changes from that listing, but you can read a bit more about each guy here.
Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State (Harris 100 #6)
5-11 3/4, 225 lb.
Best combine measurement - 40 time - 4.47 Perhaps the best combination of run, receive and pass protection, not to mention he ran 4.47 at 225 pounds.
Derrick Henry, Alabama (H100 #27)
6-2 1/2, 247 lb.
Best combine measurement - Vertical jump - 37"
Henry ran 4.54 in the 40, which elicited some oohs & ahhs from the media work room on Friday. A bona fide, old school workhorse.
Hunter Henry, Arkansas (H100 #39)
6-4 7/8, 250 lb.
Best combine measurement - Bench Press - 13 reps The best pass catcher in this draft didn't work out in Indianapolis but will at his pro day later this spring.
Nick Vannett, Ohio State (H100 #79)
6-6, 257 lb.
Best combine measurement - 20 yd. Shuttle - 4.20 seconds (best of his position group) Vannett has played attached, unattached, been a move guy, been an in-line guy so he has versatility. Regardless, he's a physical specimen and I was struck by his size and movement ability at the senior bowl.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State (H100 #2)
6-1 1/4, 209 lb.
Best combine measurement - All of them
He'll never be a Texan unless the Texans trade up in the top three. I'm just hoping he doesn't end up in the AFC South. Need San Diego or Dallas to keep him away from Jacksonville and hope Tennessee passes on him, even though the Titans have a severe need at safety. And, yes, I like him as a safety.
Vonn Bell, Ohio State (H100 #63)
5-10 3/4, 199 lb.
Best combine measurement - Bench Press - 16 reps Bell didn't run at the combine and will need to register a strong 40-yard dash time at his pro day. Smart and instinctive player who admitted he got lazy playing the run at times.
Check out photos of the top 100 players of this year's draft class according to Texans analyst John Harris.