Author: Avery Duncan

Rookie Report Card: Martinas Rankin receives a C+

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Former Mississippi State Bulldog Martinas Rankin started his rookie season as a tackle but finished as a guard. And it might be the best thing to happen in his short NFL career, other than being

As a tackle Rankin would receive a failing grade on this rookie report card. In pass protection, he seemed completely oblivious to his surroundings, slow, and generally discomfortable. Technically, he lacked a powerful stance, quick footwork, and hand movement to create initial leverage.

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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.

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

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The Texans desperately need help at cornerback. Jonathan Joseph is aging, Kareem Jackson is a free-agent slot cornerback/safety, Aaron Colvin is a slot corner, and Kevin Johnson is widely regarded as a bust.

The cornerbacks’ zone coverage was constantly exposed, and even head coach Bill O’Brien has called for more man coverage cornerbacks. That being said, this list has an emphasis on man coverage cornerbacks. While top prospects Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy aren’t mentioned due to the Texans draft status.

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Rookie report card: Justin Reid receives an A+

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A few months ago I wrote a film review about Justin Reid after the Texans beat the Redskins. I mentioned that he was the steal of the draft; a proclamation I believe to this day.

Now others believe the notion that Reid was a steal in the third round, as he has started to gain national attention. As he has earned spots on all-rookie teams by Pro Football Focus and ESPN. Meanwhile, Texans fans everywhere can sleep well at night knowing that general manager Brian Gaine drafted the cornerstone of their secondary with the 68th pick of the 2018 draft.

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Film review: Martinas Rankin has the tools to start in 2019

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Martinas Rankin was never supposed to be an offensive tackle — even if he was drafted in the third round to be just that. Though he did play tackle (and every position) at a high level against SEC competition at Mississipi State, draft pundits had their doubts.

Bleacher Reports staff scout Matt Miller summed up his flaws well, saying, “He’ll struggle to compete against speed around the corner and may be asked to move inside to guard as a result.”

It turns out Miller was right. The 6’4″, 310-pound lineman earned his first career start at guard against the Philadelphia Eagles during week 16. He started in place of oft-injured guard Senio Kelemete.

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