2019 NFL Draft: Houston Texans
It’s time to talk draft Houston Texans fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • Feb 21, 2019 • Updated: April 8, 2019
HC Bill O’Brien went 9-7 in each of his first three seasons with the Texans, making the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, the team took a nose dive and finished 4-12. After starting 2018 with an 0-3 record, many fans were calling for O’Brien’s job. He was able to right the ship and the team made the playoffs for the third time in O’Brien’s five years in Houston. It will be GM Brian Gaine’s job to draft some protection and weapons to compliment their franchise QB DeShaun Watson.
2019 draft picks
Houston has no Compensatory Picks.
- Defensive Tackle
- Offensive Guard
- Offensive Tackle
- Tight End
- Outside Linebacker
- Defensive End
Priority one will be to protect their franchise QB DeShaun Watson. Watson, coming off a 2017 knee injury, was sacked almost 70 times last year. That can’t happen again in 2019. Look for the team to upgrade the OL in FA and the draft. Getting Watson a reliable slot receiver, like Massachusetts’ Andy Isabella or Georgia State’s Penny Hart, would help get the ball out of his hands faster. And picking up three down running back could help too.
They need to bring in a defensive tackle and a defensive end. They added a few free agent pick-ups to the backfield, but will still look to the draft for a corner and safety. A player like DeAndre Baker would be a good fit. Could they leverage their second round picks to move up if a player they liked was still on board?
Prospects to watch
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker is one of the top seniors in this draft. He hasn’t given up a touchdown since the 2016 Liberty Bowl. He was a 2018 Consensus All-American and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award. He can do all the things you want a corner to do. He has good speed, smooth hips, and stays glued to his man. His transition to the next level should be one of the smoother ones.
Christian Wilkinson, DT, Clemson
Wilkinson was a 2018 Consensus All-American. He won the 2018 William Campbell Award for academic excellence. He was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, the Bednarik Award, the Nagurski Award, and the Lott Impact Trophy. He has exceptional athletic ability and can play inside or out.
Titus Howard, OT, Alabama State
Howard’s not the biggest tackle you’ll ever see, but he gets the job done by being technically superior and incredibly efficient in his movements. He shows a great kick and agile nimbleness. He performed very well at the Senior Bowl and has seen a lot of interest from teams since then.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
An instinctive player who ended his collegiate career with 37 games played, nine interceptions, three INT returns for touchdowns, 12 pass breakups, 161 total tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss and four sacks. Tackling needs to be improved, but explosive and might fit best playing the slot.
Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
Hart is a slot guy who could be effectively used on end-arounds and fly-sweeps. He showed scouts his explosiveness at the Senior Bowl. He finished his college career with 202 receptions for 2,950 yards.
Players to Watch: ILB Dakota Allen, Texas Tech; WR Johnny Dixon, Ohio State; OT O’Shea Dugas, La. Tech; OT Brandon Hitner, Villanova; CB Julian Love, Notre Dame; OG Joshua Miles, Morgan State; TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M; RB Lexington Thomas, UNLV; and S Zedrick Woods, Mississippi.
General Manager: Brian Gaine | Head Coach: Bill O’Brien | Offensive Coordinator: Tim Kelly | Defensive Coordinator: Anthony Weaver
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R3 Justin Reid FS | R3 Martinas Rankin OT
2017: R1 DeShaun Watson QB | R2 Zach Cunningham ILB
2016: R1 Will Fuller WR | R2 Nick Martin OC
2015: R1 Kevin Johnson CB | R2 Benardrick McKinney ILB