5th Round – Pick #159
Isaac Suemalo – C/G – Oregon State
6’4” – 303
With the two 5th round picks the Texans should look to shore up some depth in a couple of positions. If they haven’t yet addressed the center position yet, look for them to do it here. Isaac Suemalo is just the type of interior lineman they should be looking for. He has positional flexibility having played everywhere on the Oregon State offensive line.
Suemalo projects primarily as a center in the NFL but can also play some guard if needed. The Texans love players with positional flexibility and all NFL teams need to have position flexibility on the offensive line as the typically only suit up 7 or 8 on game days.
Suemalo is excellent in pass protection, however his shorter arm length will force him to play inside at the next level. Only a previous foot injury and some questions around that have him not going in the top three rounds.
Among the alternate picks in the list spot, a personal favorite is Joe Dahl from Washington State. A former left tackle who will also move inside is also outstanding in pass protection and excelled at the senior bowl. Dahl projects to move to guard but I would also try him out at center as teams have had great success moving college left tackles inside in recent years.
G/C Joe Dahl (Washington State), WR/TE Devon Cajuste (Stanford), ILB Antonio Morrison (Florida)
5th Round – Pick #166
K.J.Dillon – S – West Virginia
6’0” – 210
The Texans have their safeties returning from last season Andre Hal, Quinton Demps and Eddie Pleasant, having said good bye to Rahim Moore which was a terrible free agent signing last off-season. They also brought in Antonio Allen who had a couple nice seasons with the Jets before missing most of a season with an achilles injury.
With that said, safety is not necessarily a position that they must look at in the draft but given that Demps has been around for a while and is only on a one year contract, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them grab a safety at some point.
K.J. Dillon is a 6’0”, 210 pound safety from West Virginia. He has good speed with a 4.58 40. Dillon has ability in all phases of the game. Plays the run well and makes plays in pass defense with his size and athleticism. Against the run, he is instinctive and is the type of hybrid safety that the Texans like that can play strong or free.
RB Daniel Lasco (California), CB Eric Murray (Minnesota), ILB De’Vondre Campbell (Minnesota)
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