Ten 2019 offensive tackle prospects Texans fans should be familiar with pre-combine

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In case you haven’t heard, Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times in his sophomore season. If the Texans don’t want a second case of David Carr, they might want to invest in their offensive tackle position.

Though the Texans will likely not have the opportunity to draft Jonah Williams, there are some quality tackle options in the 2019 draft. Below are ten of said options.

Cody Ford – Oklahoma

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Height: 6’4″

Weight: 330 lbs

Strengths:

  • fantastic balance and agility in pass protection
  • when he is anchored he is a hard man to move
  • quick to get out of his stance and transitions well to different areas
  • powerful as a pulling blocker, yet nimble enough to do so quickly
  • physically dominant, extremely powerful off the point of attack
  • quick feet show when kicking around the edge
  • stays patient while defending edge rushers with timed strikes
  • great athlete
  • great awareness when picking up stunts and blitzes
  • powerful hands; when he has them on a rusher its usually over
  • competitive; is considered to be a mauler
  • seals the edge well when run blocking

Weaknesses:

  • needs to improve the technical aspect of footwork
  • can be beaten by speed rushers due to sloppy feet
  • one-year starter
  • broke his fibula during sophomore year
  • subpar height
  • high pad-level out of stance

Round projection: 1st round

Greg Little – Ole Miss

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 325 lbs

Strengths:

  • has the prototypical NFL size, length, and athletisism for an elite LT
  • too big and powerful to be moved with power
  • power off of the point of attack
  • naturally quick and nimble feet shows while moving backward
  • fluid hips; can stop and turn on a dime
  • athletisism is effective while pass protecting for deep pass sets
  • heavy hands that can easily shift big defensive ends or tackles
  • strong frame
  • shows an ability to quickly reach the second level while run blocking
  • agile enough to mirror speed rushers
  • explosive out of stance

Weaknesses:

  • needs to be motivated
  • hand placement and timing is poor
  • footwork is sloppy despite having quick feet
  • high pad-level
  • lack of polish can hinder his natural power and strength
  • average at best while pull blocking
  • poor balance, this could be fixed with better footwork and stance

Round projection: 1st round

Yodny Cajuste – West Virginia

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 320 lbs

Strengths:

  • good, balanced stance in pass protection in either short or deep pass sets
  • fantastic length
  • developed hand technique; has a strong grip to boot
  • powerful at the point of attack
  • transitions from assignment to assignment quickly with good timing
  • hard to move when anchored with plenty of lower body power and strength
  • very competitive, almost to a fault
  • good functional athleticism
  • nimble enough to pull around the line
  • experienced left tackle
  • excellent at moving vertically to the second-level

Weaknesses:

  • limited flexibility
  • feet tend to slide against speed rushers
  • can get flat-footed easily
  • ACL tear in 2016

Round projection: 1st-2nd round

David Edwards – Wisconsin

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Height: 6’7″

Weight: 320 lbs

Strengths:

  • height and length
  • former tight-end prospect; very athletic
  • quick, light feet; excellent lateral agility
  • powerful and fast in the run game, will open up holes in an angle blocking or zone scheme
  • excellent at moving through different levels with a chip or double-team blocks
  • loves to finish off blocks by taking defenders out of frame
  • quick feet show in pass protection as he can role with edge rushers in deep sets
  • explosive out of his stance
  • proper hand placement and often strikes with quick jabs

Weaknesses:

  • still learning how to play tackle
  • needs improvement in footwork specifically in pass protection
  • might need to add more weight to his frame
  • average play-strength
  • tall stance gives a high pad-level

Round projection: 1st-2nd round

Jawaan Taylor – Florida

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 340 lbs

Strengths:

  • ideal build for an RT
  • very aware of his surroundings; is always looking for stunts and delayed blitzes
  • heavy hands in pass protection
  • smooth mover across the line
  • balanced stance in pass protection in either deep or short sets
  • big frame that is generally hard to move with power
  • excellent hand placements and combative strikes
  • solid footwork
  • can combat speed and edge rushers due to loose hips and quick-moving feet

Weaknesses:

  • high pad-level
  • lacks explosiveness
  • lower body strength could be improved
  • takes short steps
  • hand power decreased while run blocking
  • doesn’t get to the second level easily

Round projection: 1st-2nd round

Bobby Evans – Oklahoma

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 300 lbs

Strengths:

  • a good athlete with the ability to change direction while mirroring defenders
  • explosive out of stance
  • smart player; handles different moves and blitzes well
  • very mobile; shows as a puller
  • flexible with fluid hips
  • active feet help reel around the pocket and get to the second level
  • seals the edge well and can slide protect
  • looks to finish his blocks
  • strong grip
  • ideal length

Weaknesses:

  • hand technique
  • needs to take better angles when attacking the second level
  • the initial release from stance is sloppy
  • needs to work on anchoring ability, tends to not drop hips while doing so

Round projection: 2nd-3rd round

Dalton Risner – Kansas State

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 310 lbs

Strengths:

  • strong anchor; good luck bull-rushing him
  • extremely strong
  • excellent hand technique
  • adept pull-blocker and often is tasked with taking away a teams biggest threat
  • plays every snap like it’s his last, is a mauler in every sense of the word
  • great timing and anticipation; a quick thinker
  • built frame
  • mirrors defenders well
  • sturdy and robust stance, this won’t need much work
  • excellent tape against top-notch talent
  • smart; starting center his freshman year

Weaknesses

  • will be a 24-year-old rookie
  • lacks length and weight
  • tight hips
  • footwork needs improvement
  • minimal tape against speed rushers
  • high pad-level due to high waist
  • shoulder surgery in 2017

Round projection: 2nd-3rd round

Andre Dillard – Washington State

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Height: 6’5″

Weight: 310 lbs

Strengths:

  • clean footwork and rhythm in all pass sets
  • able to mirror pass-rushers hips well
  • competitive
  • quick feet and lateral movement
  • explosive to start out run sets
  • often takes good angles on rushing plays
  • built for a zone running scheme with great mobility and high IQ
  • slides laterally in pass protection well
  • quick to recover
  • strong lower body
  • low pad-level

Weaknesses:

  • hand technique needs work; strikes are effective but slow
  • lacks power at the point of attack
  • anchoring ability needs work
  • average length
  • hand power is average

Round projection: 3rd-5th round

Dennis Daley – South Carolina

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Height: 6’6″

Weight: 315 lbs

Strengths:

  • excellent balance with a sturdy base
  • plays hard with burst and power off the snap
  • obliterates opponents when down blocking
  • often is showed recognizing different types of pressure
  • good size and athleticism combination
  • has flashes of shutting down speed rushers
  • powerful punch and grip that offsets rushers path
  • can find and exploit leverage points with his hands
  • explosive out of the short pass set
  • plays with a chip on his shoulder; originally was a JUCO prospect

Weaknesses:

  • inconsistent; did well against Clelin Ferrell but struggled against Josh Allen
  • footwork needs refinement
  • high pad-level at times
  • not a twitchy athlete
  • a little tape of angle-blocking
  • needs to play lower while run blocking

Round projection: 3rd-5th round

Isaiah Prince – Ohio State

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Height: 6’6″

Weight: 310 lbs

Strengths:

  • athletic, can move around the line quickly
  • great length
  • dominant vertical run blocker that drives with his lower body strength
  • excels in long pass sets
  • quick feet shows in pass protection
  • strong grip with heavy hands
  • good job at creating leverage with his hands

Weaknesses:

  • stance is fundamentally flawed; puts too much weight on his toes
  • often phases himself out of plays
  • can be overwhelmed by different blitzes and stunts
  • high pad-level
  • lack of flexibility stems from technical flaws
  • doesn’t take advantage of his length
  • takes too long of strides in short pass sets

Round projection: 4th-6th round

-Avery Duncan

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