Category: draft

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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Texans Seven-Round 2019 Mock Draft 1.0

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The dust has settled, and it’s officially draft season for the Texans. Meaning that it’s also mock draft season.

Although I am not general manager Brian Gaine, I believe I share the same vision as him. That vision? To improve both the Texans offensive line and secondary in the offseason, with an added emphasis on adding depth to the offense.

Round 1, Pick 23 – Yodny Cajuste, L-OT, West Virginia

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Pros:

  • Powerful, can move around virtually any player
  • Good length
  • Solid size at 6’5, 315 lbs
  • Good hand technique; often the first to strike with a powerful grip
  • High football IQ
  • Can anchor the left side of the line
  • Plays mean

Cons:

  • Tight hips
  • Red-shirt Senior
  • Can struggle against speedy pass-rushers due to a shorter stance foot positioning

Taking a tackle in the first round should be an obvious thought for general manager Brian Gaine. Don’t think so? Just know that Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times in the regular season in large part due to poor tackle play.

From day one Yodny Cajuste is an upgrade over Julien Davenport. The Texans line lacks power, which is something Cajuste excels in. He also brings a competitive play-style (see rejection against UT) that every offensive line coach loves to see. He is also an experienced player who has seen high-end defensive players during his time at West Virginia. If Cajuste isn’t available other tackles in the area should be David Edwards, Dalton Risner, and Cody Ford.

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5 Offensive Tackle Prospects For Texans Fans to Watch During The 2018 Bowl Season

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Protecting Deshaun Watson has been a need for the Texans since the start of his NFL career. Julién Davenport and Kendall Lamm have been mediocre at best as starting tackles. Leaving fans to conclude that GM Brian Gaine will make the tackle position a priority for the Texans come April.

Luckily, and unfortunately, the Texans will not be at the top of the draft come April 2019. This leads to them likely being unable to pick up a top tackle prospect such as Alabama standout Jonah Williams. However, there are a few prospects that fans should watch for while enjoying 2018’s college bowl games.

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From Bust to NFL Star; Jadeveon Clowney’s Journey

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Through five seasons as an NFL starter, Jadeveon Clowney has faced plenty of ups and downs.

Starting off as being labeled as a bust through his first two seasons while he combatted knee injuries, to becoming one of the most intimidating and versatile players in the NFL. That development didn’t happen overnight. Through five years of hard work, Clowney went from athlete to refined pass rusher. He has added multiple moves to his arsenal (jab swipe and pull-down are my favorites) while continuously building upon his hard work.

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