A breakdown of the Houston Texans 2017 draft class and its progress after two weeks of training camp:
Deshaun Watson, QB, first round (No. 12 overall): Watson has impressed the Texans’ coaching staff since he stepped into the building in Houston, and that continued in the Texans' preseason opener, where he went 15-of-25 for 179 yards passing and had a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Head coach Bill O’Brien said Watson was right about the offensive scheme about half the time -- “to be expected with a rookie" -- but he also liked Watson’s “poise and demeanor and the way that he sees the game.” Tom Savage is still the Texans’ starting quarterback and will likely start Week 1, but Watson is pushing him during training camp for that starting job.
Zach Cunningham, ILB, second round (No. 57): Cunningham won’t be a starter right away for the Texans, but O’Brien said he was happy with what he did in his NFL debut on Wednesday against the Carolina Panthers. The rookie had a team-high seven tackles in the game, a few which came right on the spot after a completed pass. The Texans don’t have a lot of depth at linebacker, and Cunningham could be the eventual replacement for veteran Brian Cushing.
D'Onta Foreman, RB, third round (No. 89): The Texans have a lot of competition of running back, but Foreman could come out of training camp as Lamar Miller's backup. O’Brien said he hopes to manage Miller’s carries this season, so Foreman should see quite a bit of playing time. The rookie had a few good carries in Houston’s preseason opener, including a 41-yard run, and O’Brien said he liked what Foreman did on special teams as well.
Julien Davenport, OT, fourth round (No. 130): The Texans had a need at right tackle entering the draft but waited until the fourth round to address it. Houston drafted Davenport of Bucknell knowing he needed time to develop into an NFL tackle. The Texans like his athleticism and hope eventually he will be able to see time at tackle.
Carlos Watkins, DT, fourth round (No. 142): When the Texans drafted Watson, general manager Rick Smith pointed out Watkins’ production at Clemson, saying, “You talk about a guy who makes plays behind the line of scrimmage. He has double-digits in hurries and sacks and tackles for losses, he plays big in big games, and we like that about him." Watkins plays at a position with a lot of depth, so he likely won’t see a lot of time early in the season.
Treston Decoud, CB, fifth round (No. 169): Decoud missed most of the team’s offseason work due to the NFL academic rule and also missed some time during training camp due to injury. The Texans like his versatility -- Smith mentioned during the draft that Decoud might be able to play safety too -- and his skillset as an "aggressive tackler."
Kyle Fuller, C, seventh round (No. 243): The Texans have a lot of depth at center. They got 2016 second-round pick Nick Martin back after he missed last season with an ankle injury and have Greg Mancz, who filled in well at the position last season. Fuller will likely have a hard time seeing playing time this season. The Texans do like Fuller’s versatility because he can play guard, as well, so he is competing to be a backup at both spots.