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Last season’s AFC South Champions look to improve on last year’s early playoff exit.
This is how GM Brian Gaine and HC Bill O’Brien fared.
|Tytus Howard||23||OT||Alabama State|
|Lonnie Johnson Jr.||54||CB||Kentucky|
|Max Scharping||55||OT||Northern Illinois|
|Kahale Warring||86||TE||San Diego State|
|Xavier Crawford||195||CB||Central Michigan|
|Cullen Gillaspia||220||RB||Texas A&M|
|Malcolm Pridgeon||OL||Ohio State|
|Johnnie Dixon||WR||Ohio State|
TEAM 2019 Outlook
The Texans had a glaring need for a Tackle. Everyone knew it and they failed in their pursuit. The Philadelphia Eagles traded up in front of the Texans and took Andre Dillard from under their noses. At 23, the Texans selected Tytus Howard. They need a player to protect their QB, Deshaun Watson. Howard Is not that guy. They could have had Jawaan Taylor, Greg Little or even Dalton Risner, instead, they chose a very raw Howard. A lot of work needs to be done this offseason to bring him up to NFL standard. This was a panic pick if we have ever seen one.
Max Scharping, on the other hand, is a quality pick at 55. The Northern Illinois OT will slot into the LG role initially in a rotation with Senio Kelemete before he makes the position his own. At 320lbs and 6’6” Scharping is a monster of a human. But don’t let his size fool you, he is versatile and is surprisingly athletic. He produces good leverage at the line and uses his size to his advantage. He bends well and runs opponents around the arc.
San Diego State TE Kahale Warring at pick 88, is another strange pick for mine. They already have two solid TEs and Warring is far from great. He only played one year of high school football before playing 19 games in four seasons in College. He just doesn’t have the experience to be relevant in the NFL.
Texas A&M RB Cullen Gillaspia isn’t going to make an impact either. The Texans used their final pick, 220, to take another backup for Lamar Miller and D’Onta Foreman.
Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson was one of the top corners in this year’s class. It won’t be long before he pushes Aaron Colvin aside and becomes a starter for the Texans. He covers a lot of ground in the backfield and reads the ball well in flight. He is aggressive in the contest and will never give up on a play.
With pick 161, the Texans made arguably their best selection of the Draft by taking Texas Longhorns DE Charles Omenihu. Omenihu almost doubled his output in his senior year with the Longhorns. He finished his senior year with 45 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and a whopping 9.5 sacks. One of the first things you notice about him, he has an incredible first step. He moves off the line so well for a man of his size.
There is not a lot to like about the Texans 2019 Draft class. This is not a collection of players who are going to help you improve in 2019. A lot of work needs to be done to bring most of these guys up to scratch. Poor.