Houston Texans Rumors: The 2020 compensatory draft picks picture

Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans acquisitions this offseason will enable them to wean some compensatory picks as opposed to last year. What’s going on? Look.

Although the work of the Houston Texans is never done, they’re just about to likely complete their pursuit in free agency and have drafted the guys that they feel could help this team moving forward.  I’d have to say that this was one of the best drafts that I’ve witnessed in quite some time and these picks are extremely promising, even if there’s some polishing that needs to be done with them in order to be effective.

Just in case that you need a review of who they are, let’s take a look:  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).

Each of these gentlemen certainly fulfills a need and it’s highly-likely that Howard as well Scharping will be asked upon to go out and make an impact because of the need of talent at the offensive tackle position.

The other guys will have time to develop but the latter mentioned names on the offensive line will have a steep learning curve as it’s imperative that the Houston Texans have guys out there that can capably protect Deshaun Watson.

But what about 2020?  There’s always going to be a need to improve and I’m sure the Houston Texans will need just as many picks — or more — when next draft season rolls around.  It’s not early to start thinking ahead about this.

Lance Zierlein, a local sports media personality and writer for NFL.com, did a terrific piece in regard to the likelihood of how many compensatory picks each team will get in 2020.

How did Zierlein predict how the Houston Texans will fare?

He feels the franchise will likely receive TWO — possibly three — compensatory picks for 2020.  Because Tyrann Mathieu was a free agent and he inked a three-year, $42 million contract with $26.8 million guaranteed, the team should be able to get an additional third-rounder for him.

Kendall Lamm, who was signed by the Cleveland Browns, recently will likely generate an additional 7th-rounder.  He also feels that there’s a significant possibility the Houston Texans will get another 7th round pick as a result of the Dallas Cowboys signing Christian Covington as well.

Although the team allowed Kareem Jackson to sign with the Denver Broncos for three years, $33 million with $23M guaranteed, Zierlein said that the signing of Bradley Roby cancels out what would’ve been gained.

Also, the signing of Tashaun Gipson and Matt Kalil don’t count against the team because of them

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being cut from their teams, making each a free agent.

In the grand scheme of things, this could give them up to 10 picks come 2020.  The team currently owns all of their draft picks and unless a trade is made involving one Jadeveon Clowney, that’s likely going to continue to be the case.

But you never know what will happen before the trade deadline this fall as the Houston Texans had to make a quick maneuver to land Demaryius Thomas after a season-ending ACL injury to Will Fuller.

But all in all, regardless of Zierlein’s good projections, the Texans are in a terrific position for the future with plenty of cash to spend and a lot of draft capital to make sound investments to improve this team.

It’s just that these compensatory picks sweetens the pot even more and hopefully gets this team ever-closer to getting to a Super Bowl.  But unfortunately, as a die-hard fan of this team, I’d even settle for an AFC Championship first to which I’ve never witnessed in my adult life.

So that’s a start.

Next. Texans 2019 NFL Draft: Grades/Analysis for all seven picks. dark

We’ll likely know late in February next year — after the season’s over — on what they will receive but one thing’s for sure, if this team is celebrating a Super Bowl around that time, it won’t matter much.

Here’s to a bright future for this team.