Under new coach Bill O'Brien – and an MVP-caliber effort from defensive end J.J. Watt – they made a seven-win jump in 2014 from their league-worst 2-14 record the previous year. However Houston got next to nothing from No. 1 pick Jadeveon Clowney, now recovering from always dicey micro-fracture knee surgery, and the quarterback position remains a question mark.
Contract issues: Cornerback Kareem Jackson is headed for free agency after an excellent year. Same for quarterback Ryan Mallett, who provided one promising start before going down with a pectoral injury. The Texans must also make a decision on declining receiver Andre Johnson, who's scheduled to count more than $16 million against the cap in 2015.
Draft pickings: O'Brien would probably be the perfect mentor for Winston, but Houston would have to do serious maneuvering to get into position to draft the Florida State star. More realistically, the Texans will need corner help if Jackson bolts, and an upgrade at tight end would help.