Houston Texans first-round pick Tytus Howard has the potential to make an impact immediately at tackle. He was also ranked No. 2 among prospects. How? Look.
Houston Texans fans — we’re one week removed from the NFL Draft and this, in my opinion, is one of the better drafts that was completed by the team over the years. Each pick made sense and it certainly fulfilled a need that they were lacking. We asked for the Houston Texans to address the offensive tackle as well as the cornerback positions and they certainly did.
There were certainly no wild cards being played in this draft as they obviously wanted to get this right. It’s time for this franchise to be taken seriously as one that does want to win a ton of football games and eventually bring this city its first-ever Super Bowl. It’s not an easy road but with the proper preparation — and a little bit of luck — this team certainly has a chance.
In the same regard, this draft should be lauded among experts as one of their best in quite some time. I’m actually excited to see what these guys can do, especially the tackles because I cringe when I see Deshaun Watson get sacked. The goal for this season is to ensure that he remains upright on the gridiron for the majority of the season.
But let’s review the picks, shall we? The Houston Texans selected Tytus Howard (first round), Lonnie Johnson Jr. (second round), Max Scharping (second round), Kahale Warring (third round), Charles Omenihu (fifth round), Xavier Crawford (sixth round) and Cullen Gillaspia (seventh round).
Ladies and gentlemen, that’s your draft class of 2019 and may the force be with all of them as we’ll need their expertise and talent down the road.
Howard, whom the Houston Texans took first in the draft, is drawing comparisons to Duane Brown
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which is a good thing.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Howard was ranked second — in terms of his overall grade, when lined up at right tackle among this year’s crop of NFL prospects.
Howard had a solid 81.7 grade and only Dalton Risner (90.7) had a higher grade than he.
I had wanted Ford to be drafted because of his immense experience in the Big 12 but it’s not always about the name but if the player is a philosophical fit with their respective team. The more I learn about Tytus, the more I’m intrigued. Although most of his competition was in the SWAC, I’m confident that he can be successful in this league. His learning curve may be more than others as he gets his feet wet in the pros but it shouldn’t be a detriment to his development.
He’s likely to get the shot at left tackle first because of his versatility but dependent on Seantrel Henderson‘s health, he may have to shift back to his natural position.
As I always say, we’ll see how it goes.
Howard had a 77.6 overall PFF grade through 659 snaps, allowing just 11 pressures and none against Auburn — Bama State’s most-featured opponent — back Sep. 9.
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