Houston Texans steal Jonathan Greenard in the third round of NFL Draft

Houston Texans edge rusher Jonathan Greenard (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans edge rusher Jonathan Greenard (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have selected Florida’s Jonathan Greenard in the third round with the 90th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. What makes him stand out?

The Houston Texans have wrapped up Day 2 and most of us feel quite satisfied with the picks that they made today.  As far as the moves, things were routine and they fulfilled a need with each of the two picks that they made today.

It’s apparent that the Houston Texans are dead-set on focusing on the defense this time around after investing so much capital on offensive weapons for Deshaun Watson — as well as protection — over the past few seasons.

As the defensive line ages — J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus can’t reverse the process — they’ll have to do a partial rebuild to ensure they have the budding talent surrounding them to be successful.

The loss of D.J. Reader has been notable but with the moves made in this draft, the sting of losing him to free agency may not be as bad as we thought.

The Houston Texans decided to roll with Florida’s Jonathan Greenard with the 90th pick in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

If any of you were watching the live stream of Bill O’Brien after the pick was in, he seemed quite upset, eventually slamming the phone down and walking out of his home office.

Here’s a clip of it all happening before the world’s eyes.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported that the Houston Texans had a deal with the Detroit Lions for their pick but it fell through.

O’Brien was likely trying to trade down to grab some of their multiple fifth-round picks in contrast to the team having only one this season (No. 170).

When asked at his presser about Greenard and where he will line up, this is what he said about him via the Chron’s Aaron Wilson:

His attributes of being strong and explosive would certainly have him suited for lining up on the strong side and it’s his versatility that will see him through.  However, I’m sure Greenard saw that clip so I’m sure he’s going to do everything he can to ensure that he can alleviate O’Brien’s initial thoughts of him.

So what’s there to say about Greenard?  Let’s get after it.