Houston Texans: Post-Combine complete seven round mock draft

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Houston Texans draft target Jonah Williams (Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

I know what you may be thinking, how in the world is Jonah Williams falling to the Houston Texans selection at the 23rd overall pick? Wasn’t he the top tackle prospect heading into this entire process? Didn’t he start every game at Alabama for the three years he was there?

The answer to the last two questions yes. Williams was considered the top tackle prospect for a long time. He did start every game at Bama. The answer to the first question is I have no idea. This could be a chronic case of evaluators overanalyzing and overthinking and passing up on a surefire prospect.

Other guys like Jawaan Taylor and Andre Dillard, whom I had mocked to the Texans in my first mock draft of the year, have passed Williams in the prospect rankings over seemingly nothing. Now, Taylor and Dilliard are great prospects in their own right but so is Williams.

The biggest issue with Williams was his arm length which came in at 33 5/8 inches. That’s in the range of Joe Thomas, Joe Staley, Jake Matthews, and many, many others. Williams has a shot at being a great left tackle for a long time. He’s experienced and a winner with refined technique and footwork. The Houston Texans shouldn’t overthink this one and stop a draft day slide just like they did last year with Justin Reid.

The biggest concern for me with Williams is his size. His height is a little below average for a tackle but that doesn’t bother me. His just about 300 lbs weight does. However, he was productive at that weight in the SEC so, if he’s able to add a few pounds in an NFL weight room, this shouldn’t end up being a problem.