NFL Draft: Houston Texans trade for upside with Charlie Heck

Houston Texans offensive tackle Charlie Heck (Photo by Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images)
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The Houston Texans have made a trade with the Los Angeles Rams to take North Carolina’s Charlie Heck in the 4th round with the 126th pick. Why? Let’s look.

The Houston Texans are on final approach with the NFL Draft as things transition into Day 3, which will be their most active day of all by far.  The team currently has five picks lined up for today and they’ve already made a move to get the guy that they want.

We’ll talk about that in just a moment but look at the talent that the Houston Texans have assembled so far.  They were able to nab Ross Blacklock and Jonathan Greenard in the second and third rounds respectively.  Many experts had those guys graded on the fringe of the first round and they were able to fall into the Houston Texans‘ lap which is quite remarkable if you ask me.

Although it may not have been Bill O’Brien‘s original plan to take Gennard in the third round as he was trying to work a deal with the Detroit Lions likely to trade down, he will make an impact for the Houston Texans defensive line and will hopefully have time for adequate apprenticeship to learn the tricks of the trade, eventually being a promoted member of the defensive line.

But anyway, the Houston Texans have decided on scooping up another offensive tackle by selecting Charlie Heck in the 4th round with the 126th pick in the NFL Draft.  The Houston Texans originally weren’t going to pick until Round 5 with the 170th pick but O’Brien must’ve wanted Heck bad enough to get on the phone with Sean McVay and Les Snead again to make a deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

As you know, we’re just a couple of weeks removed from the team acquiring Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-rounder for one of their three second-round picks this draft.

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Heck still has some developing to do but he’ll be surrounded by some veterans which will allow him time to work his way in.  He’s a swing tackle but he’s likely going to be asked to play on the right side if he develops into a starter, to which I’m sure O’Brien and Mike Devlin think he can be.  There’s no solidity with the right side of the line and it has been a carousel of the mystery of characters for quite some time.

I think that picking Heck pins their hopes on that he could be the guy to rely on for protection on the right side for the future.

What else is there to learn about him?  Let’s get going!