When it comes to the Houston Texans there is a lot of mystery surrounding the team and that's probably one of the reasons why HBO Hard Knocks wanted to have them as the featured team for the show this year.
The offensive side of the ball in particular is full of mystery. It seems as if just about every starting position on offense is up for grabs with the exception of maybe starting running back, left tackle, and the number one starting receiver spot. Arian Foster, Duane Brown, DeAndre Hopkins could possibly be the only ones that feel their starting spots are secured.
One person in particular that hopes to find a starting spot alongside DeAndre Hopkins with the wide receivers is Jalen Strong.
The Texans organization drafted Strong in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. They traded up from the number 82 pick in the third round to the number 70 pick to make sure they obtained his services.
Strong could possibly be the Texans best value pick the entire 2015 draft class. The wideout was widely considered a first-round pick by many draft experts, but his draft stock suffered because of a wrist injury that many teams believed might require surgery.
Strong had a productive collegiate career at Arizona State University after transferring from Los Angeles Pierce College. In his first season at Arizona State in 2013, he had 75 receptions for 1,122 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. In 2014, he had 82 receptions for 1,165 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
The Texans were looking to draft a wide receiver in the 2015 NFL Draft at some point and probably couldn't be happier to come away with what many considered to be one of the top wide receivers in the draft, especially in the third round.
The Texans signed two veteran wide receivers during the off-season to provide depth to the wide receiver position. Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington have been successful in their NFL careers, but the more suited to play slot receiver for the Texans.
At this point in time Strong is probably behind both Washington and Shorts on the depth chart but that could change quickly.
Head coach Bill O'Brien has been impressed so far with what he's seen from Nate Washington.
"I really like Nate (Washington). I think he's been a good addition to our football team,both from a veteran leadership standpoint and then from a route running standpoint. I think he's going to add a lot to our offense. I'm glad he's here" said O'Brien.
Even though O'Brien speaks pretty highly of Washington's addition to the team,I fully expect to see Strong make an immediate impact on offense. Strong has the size and speed that a lot of NFL teams covet for the wide receiver position. At 6'2" tall and 217 pounds, Strong can help complement DeAndre Hopkins in the Texans offense.
Strong's speed was questioned by some and many wondered if he would be able to gain separation from cornerbacks at the NFL level, but he quieted everyone when he ran a 4.44 second 40 yard dash at the 2015 NFL combine.
Being selected in the third round might actually be a blessing in disguise for Strong. He gets to come in and compete for a starting position without the added pressure that a first-round draft choice usually has placed on them.
That doesn't really mean that he's confident in his own ability to come in and start right away, but it does allow the Texas organization to bring him along slowly if need be.
The rookie wide receiver is determined to make an immediate impact with the Texans and is fueled by the fact that 11 other wide receivers were selected in the 2015 NFL Draft before his name was finally called.
That is the sole purpose of why he selected to where number 11 with the Texans. He wanted to be reminded that he was passed over despite his first-round pedigree as a player.
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