Julien Davenport showed flashes of being a solid left tackle but struggled more often than not. Last year’s third round pick Martinas Rankin sort of attempted to fill the role but lost out quickly. The Khalil addition could help but he hasn’t been a high-level tackle in a few years.
So, left tackle is an obvious hole. Enter Andre Dillard. He has spent the past couple of months shooting up draft boards. Many discounted him because he played for Mike Leach in a spread out, Air Raid offense. Historically, offensive linemen have struggled to come out of this system and be successful immediately.
Dillard, however, is different. He has excellent technique and sound fundamentals that have allowed him to have tremendous success in the Pac 12. He is extremely athletic which should mesh well with Watson’s style of play. He is quick out of his stance and has powerful hands. Dillard would be a plug and play left tackle for the Texans.
He is one of the most athletic linemen in this draft class and is, without a doubt, the most fluid pass blocker. He proved his with his performance at the Combine which backed up his terrific game tape.