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One draft guru's thoughts on the Texans at No. 15

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    <p><em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em></p> <p>I asked Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com's senior analyst, to share his thoughts on the <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=hou">Houston Texans</a> in the first round given these parameters -- their primary needs are safety, defensive end and cornerback.</p> <p>Here's what Rang had to say in our e-mail exchange:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>Safety</strong>: Unfortunately, there simply is not a safety worthy of this high of a selection. In fact, at this point, there isn't a safety likely to be taken in the first round, though a sparkling workout from <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24426">Louis Delmas</a> or <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24333">Patrick Chung</a> could change things by April.</p> <p><strong>Defensive end:</strong> The Texans would be wise to look for a pass-rusher opposite Mario Williams. Local product <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24064">Brian Orakpo</a> makes sense, as he -- while not explosive off the edge -- is a high-effort player with excellent strength and technique. He may never be a superstar, but he's solid and opposite Williams, that may be all they need. The Texans may be hesitant to invest yet another first-round pick in the position, however, meaning that the club might look toward an outside linebacker like <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24453">Brian Cushing</a> might make sense.</p> <p><strong>Cornerback</strong>: If <a href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nfldraft/draft/tracker/player?draftyear=2009&id=24680">Vontae Davis</a> is available, his athleticism makes him an obvious candidate. The underrated D.J. Moore also makes sense due to his size and athleticism.</p> </blockquote>

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