Houston Texans Rumors: Complete seven round mock draft 4.0

Houston Texans GM Brian Gaine (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Potential Houston Texans draft target Byron Murphy (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Unfortunately, in this scenario, the three best offensive tackles that the Houston Texans should be eying in the draft have all come off of the board in the picks prior to their selection. Those guys are Jawaan Taylor, Jonah Williams, and Andre Dillard.

There are too many teams ahead of the Texans that could use an offensive tackle so, instead of reaching for the fourth best tackle on their board. If more offensive tackles come off the board early, it would force some other players down. In this case, the Texans will catch a flying number one corner in Byron Murphy.

Murphy doesn’t wow with top end size or athleticism but he is a very solid technician who is big enough and athletic enough to be a true, lock-down, number one corner in the NFL. Murphy only played in 20 games at Washington but in those 20 games, he proved himself worthy of that lofty status.

Murphy showed zone coverage prowess at Washington but has also displayed the chops to be able to stand on an island and lock down his guy in man coverage. His ceiling is a top 10 corner in the league and his floor is an above average starting corner. The Houston Texans should take that any day of the week, especially with no offensive tackle prospects on the board.