211th Overall: Jordan Thomas, TE Mississippi State
The Houston Texans, with the 211th pick, completed the double, double-dip. They doubled down on Bulldogs and they also doubled down on tight ends.
Behemoths like Thomas don’t come around often. He stands 6’6″, 265 lbs, 34+ inch arms, and HUGE 11+ inch hands. Pair this phenomenal size with great speed for a man his size, 4.70 forty at the combine.
With the selection of Akins, the Texans appear to be attempting to strike lightning in a bottle with Thomas. Thomas will be given every shot to make the roster, but seeing as he is the 10th tight end on the roster, the odds might be stacked against him.
Thomas only had 31 catches and four touchdowns during his two years at Mississippi State. He didn’t show much catching prowess but has some versatility that could be interesting.
Thomas played some left tackle in pinch situations at MSU. The Texans could try to pull a Seahawks and stash Thomas on the practice squad with hopes of his athleticism developing into a serviceable tackle.
All in all, the team had other spots they could’ve address with this pick. Like running back or quarterback. With the unlikeliness of him making the roster and the other options, this pick doesn’t seem to look great.