• Deshaun Watson (had a good year but numbers were down a bit - despite improved offensive line play, he remains a top 10 QB but will now have to operate without Hopkins, the underwhelming situation at RB is not doing him any favors) 
  • A.J. McCarron (average backup QB, made one start in 2019 - and lost) 

Running Back

  • David Johnson* (4.2 ypc and 20 TDs resulted in All-Pro honors in 2016, but he missed the entire 2017 season with an injury and then averaged an atrocious 3.6 ypc in 2018 and 3.7 ypc in 2019, the speed/explosion that once made him special appears to be gone, nevertheless he will have a chance to resurrect his career in Houston - where he is the clear RB1)
  • Duke Johnson (effective RB2, 820 all-purpose yards, 4.9 ypc, 44 catches, and 5 TDs in 2019) 
  • Buddy Howell (5 carries for 10 yards last season, projected RB3 for 2020) 

Wide Receiver

  • Will Fuller (one of the fastest WRs in football but also one of the most injury-prone - has had chronic soft tissue issues since entering the league in 2016, when healthy he is a dangerous playmaker) 
  • Brandin Cooks (numbers took a big hit in LA last season - only 42 catches for 583 yards and 2 TDs, prior to 2019 he consistently put up WR2-worthy production, injuries and concussions are a concern, Fuller/Cooks is among the speediest WR duos in football) 
  • Randall Cobb* (solid veteran slot receiver, caught 55 passes for 828 yards and 3 TDs in Dallas last season, he should be a reliable target for Watson - but like the other WRs on the depth chart - durability has been an issue throughout his career) 
  • Kenny Stills (speedy playmaker, caught 40 passes for 561 yards and 4 TDs last season, similar to the rest of the WRs on the team - injuries have been an issue, has a similar skill-set to Fuller and Cooks) 
  • Keke Coutee (2018 fourth-rounder, 50 catches for 541 yards and 1 TD across 15 career games, injuries have been a limitation but there have flashes of explosive playmaking ability) 
  • Isaiah Coulter* (rookie fifth-rounder, had a productive career at Rhode Island, checks boxes in terms of length and speed, has natural playmaking instincts, route-running needs refinement but has legit developmental upside and steal potential) 

Tight End / Fullback

  • Darren Fells (veteran blocking specialist, he's not very dynamic as a receiver but proved to be a trusted target for Watson - caught 34 passes for 341 yards and 7 TDs last season)
  • Jordan Akins (2018 third-rounder, production increased from his rookie season - went from 16 catches to 36, he's got great size and a basketball background - so another step forward is possible) 
  • Kahale Warring (2019 third-rounder, spent his rookie year on IR, he was not very productive in college but has great size and athletic ability, like Akins - a jump in 2020 is possible) 
  • Cullen Gillaspia (2019 seventh-rounder, was drafted to play FB but saw virtually no offensive snaps, he was, however, a key special teamer) 

Offensive Tackle 

  • Laremy Tunsil (excellent LT, made the Pro Bowl in 2019 and quickly became a stabilizing force on the o-line, he's a great pass and run blocker) 
  • Tytus Howard (2019 first-rounder, showed some promise across seven starts at RT as a rookie - but a torn MCL ended his season prematurely, he's locked-in as the starting RT heading into the  2020 season) 
  • Charlie Heck* (rookie fourth-rounder, three-year starter for the Tar Heels, excellent size and length - 6-8' with 34" arms, he's a good athlete for someone his size, but was not a dominant blocker on tape - lacks power and technique, also seems to struggle with speed rushers, could be tried at guard in addition to tackle) 
  • Roderick Johnson (swing tackle, made 3 starts in 2019) 
  • Brent Qvale* (experienced reserve OL, 15 starts over 6 career seasons, can fill in at tackle or guard) 

Interior Offensive Line

  • Nick Martin (rock-solid starting center, very reliable, seems to get better each season) 
  • Max Scharping (2019 second-rounder, started 14 games at left guard as a rookie, quality of play was about average, he should continue to develop into a solid starter in 2020) 
  • Zach Fulton (started 15 games at right guard, quality of play was average but his veteran presence adds value)
  • Senio Kelemete (valuable interior depth, 37 career starts)
  • Greg Mancz (valuable interior depth, 28 career starts) 

Defensive Line

  • J.J. Watt (limited to 8 games in 2019 due to injury, recorded 4 sacks and 4 TFLs, has only appeared in 32 of 64 possible games over the past four seasons, when fully healthy he can still be a dominant player - see 2018 - but the team cannot assume he will be available for all 16 games) 
  • Angelo Blackson (started 15 games in 2019, his primary function is run-defense, did not record a sack and offers little to no pass rush productivity) 
  • Ross Blacklock* (rookie second-rounder, decent production in both freshman and junior seasons - he missed his sophomore year with an Achilles injury, good size/length, explodes off the line - exceptional quickness, there were dominant pass-rush moments on tape but if he doesn't win with quickness - he's in trouble - because his technique is unrefined and he is not overly powerful, run-defense is inconsistent, ultimately he's a boom-bust prospect with Pro Bowl upside) 
  • Charles Omenihu (2019 fifth-rounder, recorded 3 sacks as a rookie, could develop into a quality starter in 2020) 
  • Brandon Dunn (valuable run-stuffing and block-eating nose tackle, opens up opportunities for those around him, received a contract extension in March) 
  • P.J. Hall* (drafted in the second round in 2018 by the Raiders - only lasted two seasons due to poor production - started 12 games in 2019 but recorded only 1.5 sacks, still possesses some theoretical upside - he was a super-productive small school prospect who tested very well athletically prior to the 2018 draft) 


  • Whitney Mercilus (led the team in sacks with 7.5 - though 5.5 of them came in the first eight games of the season, he's getting up there in age but should remain a solid pass-rusher/edge defender in 2020) 
  • Brennan Scarlett (recorded 3.5 sacks across 10 starts in 2019) 
  • Jacob Martin (came over in the Clowney trade, produced 3.5 sacks as a rotational pass-rusher, could push for a starting job in 2020) 
  • Jonathan Greenard* (rookie third-rounder, All-SEC in 2019 - produced 9.5 sacks and 15.5 TFL in 12 starts, did not test exceptionally at the Combine but looks like a good athlete on tape - quick off the line and smooth movement skills, plays with advanced technique and instinct, should be able to contribute as a rookie and has obvious starter upside) 


  • Benardrick McKinney (sideline to sideline LB, strong vs the run and pass, very productive and reliable) 
  • Zach Cunningham (excellent coverage LB - among the league's best, but also a very productive vs the run - led the team in tackles with 142) 
  • Dylan Cole (core special teamer - recovering from torn ACL) 


  • Bradley Roby (solid starting CB - played well across ten 2019 starts, brings lots of experience to the table) 
  • Gareon Conley (came over in a midseason trade and played well - was arguably the team's top corner over the final eight games of the season, he's expected to start in 2020 and with a strong performance could be in line for a huge payday in 2021) 
  • Lonnie Johnson Jr. (2019 second-rounder, struggled as a rookie - gave up too many receptions, but has the skill-set to take a step forward in 2020) 
  • Keion Crossen (core special teamer and reserve corner)
  • John Reid* (rookie fourth-rounder, lots of starting experience at PSU, very active playing style, he's got great quickness, natural football instincts and tested pretty well at the Combine, but his lack of size can lead to issues with tackling and covering bigger WRs) 


  • Justin Reid (2018 third-rounder, excellent player, very strong in coverage and run support, he rarely misses a tackle and has 5 career INTs)
  • Eric Murray* (15 starts over four seasons in the NFL, he's a great special teamer but still relatively unproven as a full-time starter) 
  • A.J. Moore (excellent special teamer) 
  • Michael Thomas* (veteran special teamer) 

Special Teams 

  • Ka'imi Fairbairn (accuracy was down a bit from his breakout 2018 season - but he is still considered a top ten kicker)
  • Brad Anger (above-average punter)