The Houston Texans appeared like a team that was going to do damage in the playoffs after winning the AFC South Division, but they were bounced out of the Wild Card game against their division foe in the Indianapolis Colts. Although the Texans won the division, there were some glaring weaknesses that needed to be fixed since QB DeShaun Watson was sacked the most last season. Let’s see if Houston took care of business in this NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 23. Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State. 6’5″, 322 lbs. Finding a tackle that can help stop the pass rush was absolutely necessary for the Texans to take in the first round. Howard will compete for the starting spot at left tackle.
Round 2, Pick 22. Lonnie Coleman, CB, Kentucky. 6’2″, 213 lbs. The Texans needed a taller corner to be more physical with smaller receivers in order to prevent longer pass plays from being completed and to have the length to break up TD’s in the red zone against taller receivers.
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Round 2, Pick 23. Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois. 6’6″, 327 lbs. Tackle depth is lacking at the Texans, so Houston had to take another tackle. Scharping is able to play at either tackle spot.
Round 3, Pick 23. Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State. 6’5″, 252 lbs. Warring will compete for playing time at the tight end position. Although he was on a team that ran the ball most of the time, he showed that he also has good receiving skills as well.
Round 5, Pick 23. Charles Omenlhu, DE, Texas. 6’5″, 280 lbs. The Texans are very good at passing the rusher, but adding another defensive end to the mix does not hurt.
Round 6, Pick 23. Xavier Crawford, CB, Central Michigan. 5’11”, 187 lbs. Crawford has the skills to fight for a backup corner spot.
Round 7, Pick 6. Cullen Gillaspia, RB, Texas A&M. 6’1″, 234 lbs. Gillaspia will look to develop as a fullback. The Texans had problems in short-yardage situations, so Gillaspia could be the short-yardage back.
Grade: This draft addressed the Texans two biggest needs. Houston needed help on the offensive line and in the secondary. However, drafting for need in the NFL will always lead to a C grade. I guess that’s why the Texans fired their GM last week.
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