Texans’ 3rd Round Picks Analysis
The Houston Texans had zero draft selections in the first two rounds of this year’s draft due to the deal they made last year to acquire Deshaun Watson. Their third round picks were chosen to address specific needs.
Justin Reid- Stanford
Reid was first-team all Pac 12 during his collegiate career which is an impressive accomplishment. With the addition of Tyrann Mathieu, Reid should look to be the starter over free safety Andre Hal. At 6’1 and almost 210, Reid is a big body who was a tackling machine during college. He has great ball tracking and game speed which will most likely translate into a role on special teams as well.
Martinas Rankin- Mississippi State
Not only does Rankin play the most important position on the offensive line but also a position that was Houston’s weakest depth prior to the draft. Rankin started nine games at left tackle in his last season at Mississippi State and battled throughout a high ankle sprain throughout. Julien Davenport, who was recently brought in, will be Martinas’ main competition for the starting job. At 6’4 and just over 300 pounds, Rankin brings size, length, and good point of attack strength on all schemes, run and pass.
Jordan Atkins- UCF The tight end position was one that was needed for Houston with the loss of C.J. Fiedorowicz. The addition of 6’3 Jordan Akins brings natural blocking ability and great hands. Houston finished last in the league last year in catches per targets as a unit, and the Texans believe Atkins can immediately help that. Atkins reportedly had a great showing at the senior bowl and look for him to split playing time with Ryan Griffin at the position.
Overall, the Texans will look for all three of these payers to contribute throughout the season. With these picks, Houston addressed specific needs by drafting good sized positional players who all had great production in college.