Houston Texans: Drafting Ross Blacklock signals the sign of a new era

Houston Texans defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive tackle Ross Blacklock (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans defensive end Ross Blacklock (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have decided to bring in TCU’s Ross Blacklock at No. 40 in the 2020 NFL Draft. What does he bring to the table? Let’s look.

Houston Texans‘ fans — we’ve made it!  The NFL Draft is here and we’ve got to see some of our favorite NFL prospects for 2020 be taken off the board.  As you know, the Houston Texans watched Day 1 unfold largely from the sidelines, despite rumors, although highly unsubstantiated, were going to be that the franchise was going to trade back into the first round.

That didn’t happen — thankfully — as we don’t know what Bill O’Brien would’ve put up for collateral just to get a one prized possession to get the honor of being the first among teams to pick among the plethora of talent available.

But as the night came and went, it became more clear that the fireworks for the Houston Texans was to take place tonight and it’s none the exception with them actually using their first pick on the draft instead of a trade — No. 40 in the second round — on a key piece that’s going to help this team tremendously in short order.

Yes, it appears O’Brien and Jack Easterby have agreed upon working on a partial rebuild of this defense, which has been neglected as they got their offense up to speed.  Deshaun Watson needed weapons plus the protection that he deserved and they think that what they have now will solve the problem at hand.

In spite of the loss of DeAndre Hopkins, they plan to spread the ball around and hope that this offense can flourish under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Tim Kelly, a confidant of O’Brien’s that has been with him since his days at Penn State.

But anyway, the Houston Texans selected Ross Blacklock, the speedy, extremely athletic defensive tackle out of TCU.  There’s a lot to be excited about with this pick so let’s take a look at what makes this guy tick.