With nose tackle Shaun Cody set to become a free agent, the same Cody who had back issues this season and just turned 30, there appears to be a hole in the middle of the defense for the Houston Texans. J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith, and Brian Cushing would all benefit from having a nose tackle who commanded some attention, unlike Cody. Enter the University of Utah's Star Lotulelei.
Yes, Lotulelei is a top-five prospect.
Yes, I realize this would involve Houston general manager Rick Smith moving up.
Yes, I realize you would probably have to move the heavens to go from 27 to three or four.
No, I will not stop there.
I will start off by acknowledging that this is an article on an unlikely topic. The great thing about draft season is that it allows for a lot of thought and hypothetical situations, like this one. I call this hypothetical because the Houston Texans (a) generally shy away from nose tackles north of 300 pounds (b) do not generally move up in the NFL Draft, and (c) certainly not in the first round. Nothing in this suggestion is in their modus operandi. However, the Texans have never really been in this situation before.
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