Houston Texans Draft Rumors: Players to watch on Day 3 of the NFL Draft

Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Potential Houston Texans draft target Marvell Tell (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

Marvell Tell, S, USC

The Houston Texans got one of the biggest steals of the 2018 NFL Draft when they selected a sliding Justin Reid with their first pick of the draft in the third round. He wound up being an excellent starter by the end of his rookie year.

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This offseason, they added Tashaun Gipson to be Reid’s running mate and they have the makings of one of the better safety duos in the entire league. The team also had a very good third safety in Andre Hal until he abruptly retired about a month ago. So, there is a need here for another safety play third wheel with Reid and Gipson.

Marvell Tell has great size and speed to go with excellent coverage ability and ball skills. Doesn’t sound like a Day 3 player, right? Well, there are some legitimate concerns about his physicality and tackling ability along with his hustle but the risk can be outweighed by reward late on Day 3. Tell could be a phenomenal third safety in coverage packages with Reid and Gipson.

D’Cota Dixon, S, Wisconsin

D’Cota Dixon and Tell couldn’t be more different as prospects. Dixon has underwhelming size and speed but is a heart-and-hustle type of player with a willingness to throw his body around. He could be a dime linebacker for the Houston Texans with Reid and Gipson up high in sub-packages. It all depends on how Gaine wants to fill this role.

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