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Houston Texans draft review

Houston Texans draft review

1 (23). Tytus Howard, OT: 6-5, 322, Alabama St.

2 (54). Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB: 6-2, 213, Kentucky

2 (55). Max Scharping, OT: 6-6, 327, Northern Illinois

3 (86). Kahale Warring, TE: 6-5, 252, San Diego St.

5 (161). Charles Omenihu, DE: 6-5, 280, Texas

6 (195). Xavier Crawford, CB: 5-11, 187, Central Michigan

7 (220). Cullen Gillaspia, FB: 6-1, 234, Texas A&M

Grade: C-
Houston addressed its biggest need in offensive tackle, but Howard and Scharping both come from lower levels of competition, and Howard is awfully raw to take in Round 1. The Texans could have had Jawaan Taylor at No. 23 or traded up slightly to get Andre Dillard instead. They made a few nice picks elsewhere, but the value just seems to be lacking a bit.

Best pick: Close behind offensive tackle, cornerback was Houston’s next-most glaring need, and the Texans got a good one in Johnson. He’s long, has solid speed and is very comfortable in zone, making him a great fit in Houston’s Cover-4-heavy scheme.

Upside pick: A former water polo player, Warring first played football as a senior in high school, so he remains quite raw. He still managed 49 catches for 620 yards and six scores in a rotational role from 2017-18. He’s huge, fast and can even block a little bit. There’s plenty of untapped potential here.

–Field Level Media

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