Here are this week’s draft selections for 2019 mock draft for our favorite team.
Once again, this mock draft will not have any impact from free agency or trade rumors. As the Texans season progresses, the draft slots and draft picks will be affected by wins and losses. I based each pick on the Texans needs, prospects, draft stock, and fit for the current team’s defensive and offensive schemes. Player information courtesy of FanSpeak.
Round 1, Pick 24 - CB Julian Love - Norte Dame
Measurables – Height: 5'11", Weight: 190lbs
Julian Love has been great for Fighting Irish defense. Love has a strong niche for pass deflections. He has a school record of 33 pass break-ups and counting. While going against some of the best-talented teams in 2019, Love has mirrored the opposing team’s best wide receiver game in and game out. He reads the body of the receiver he is guarding very well and observes the eyes of the quarterback to know when the ball is in play. With that set skills, Love will make it hard for NFL quarterbacks to pass on him and receivers to make big plays. He would be a much-needed upgrade to the current roster at the corner position, he would pair well the veteran Jonathan Joseph and the outstanding safeties the Texans have in their secondary.
(Previous selection Deandre Baker)
Round 2, Pick 47 - G Beau Benzschawel - Wisconsin
Measurables – Height: 6'5", Weight: 315lbs
Beau Benzschawel is a steal in the second-round. He has first-round talent. Knowing the Texans needs at left tackle, Benzschawel is a type of player that I could not pass up in the second round. He will be a fixture on this offensive line for years to come. Strong in stature in the passing game, while powerful and quick on the attack to help running backs find daylight. He is a load to handle inside. Blocking is about moving people out the way and not letting people move you. He checks both of those boxes with ease.
(Previous selection Andre Dillard)
Round 2, Pick 56 - OT Andre Dillard - Washington State
Measurables – Height: 6’5”, Weight: 305lbs, Wingspan: 83”
Andre Dillard is an outstanding second-round pick with some first-round traits. Dillard is in the conversation for best-left tackle in the draft class. With his quick feet and superb hand placement, he could be the starting LT for the Texans for the next 10 – 15 years. With Watson’s abilities and playing style, he will need an LT that is quick and light on their feet. Dillard has excellent upper body strength. That strength will be needed when handling NFL-level pass rushers that can bull rush.
(Previous selection Bryce Love)
Round 3, Pick 87 - Edge Brian Burns - Florida State
Measurables – Height: 6'5”, Weight: 218lbs
I love this pick and this slot. Burns is an excellent fit at weak-side outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. I mentioned this in my last mock draft. Christian Covington has not been playing well and has been a healthy scratch on several games after his return from injury. Covington might be on the cut list soon. If Covington is moved out, this selection could allow the Texans to move Clowney to DE with his hand in the dirt. Burns is very talented in the pass rush.
He displays an explosive first-step quickness, has the speed to turn the corner and can flat run by tackles. Burns has a long frame, shows some excellent ability to bend around the edge. He can dip underneath blockers and possesses a burst to close that makes it difficult for tackles to recover against him. Burns lacks some pass-rushing moves, and will need to work on some spins moves, cuts to the inside, and rip moves. This would help him when he takes on the better competition that won't be beaten by just a speed rush.
(Previous selection - G Ben Bredeson )
Round 4, Pick 126 - traded away for Demaryius Thomas
Great move for the Texans with the injury history of Will Fuller and Keke Coutee who has missed quite a few games in his rookie year already. Thomas is a nice insurance policy to have going into next season.
(Previous selection - CB Amani Oruwariye )
Round 5, Pick 163 - CB Jamal Peters – Mississippi State
Measurables – Height: 6'2", Weight: 220lbs
Jamal Peters is a lengthy, athletic, playmaking corner that has played every snap for Miss State this season. Since he set foot on campus, has played both corner and safety for the Bulldogs. Peters is big and physical and plays well in man coverage. For the past couple years the Texans corners have played off their man for two reasons: 1. They fear faster receivers will beat them. 2. They are not as physical and cannot compete with stronger receivers. That will not happen will Peters lines up to face the opposing team's wide receivers. While playing in the SEC, he has faced some strong competition. That will benefit him when leaving the college game to be ready for NFL talent. Peters can work hard and get a good grasp on the playbook. He could develop into a starter.
(Previous selection - Christian Rector)
Round 6, Pick 197 – DL Dontavius Russell – Auburn
Measurables – Height: 6'5", Weight: 310lbs
Dontavius Russell is a battled-tested defensive lineman. Russell generally holds his own against solo blocks with a decent swim move. He plays hard and physical and could make a decent nose tackle. When pad level is right, he can press opponents off his frame. Pad level is typically substantial to go along with a good first step. Prototype space eater that tries to get the quarterback when an opening is available. Built-in leverage makes him tough to relocate. High character prospect who is a respected leader in the locker room.
(Previous selection - Kendall Baker)
Round 7, Pick 219 – OL Kendall Baker – Georgia
Measurables – Height: 6'5", Weight: 305lbs
Baker currently plays left guard for Georgia, but with his size and lateral speed, he can easily move to a tackle spot. At tackle, his lean frame and quickness could be used a swing tackle or as depth for the Texans. He plays very aggressively and has a strong punch to hold up, run stopping defensive tackles from getting to the ball carrier. Following Bill O’Brien’s philosophy for the O-line, he has the versatility to play guard as well. He will have to add some weight to his frame to play inside. Running backs can find holes when they run his direction, but will he need work to get his strength where he needs to be to handle NFL-level talent.
(Previous selection - Derwin Gray)
As you can tell, some picks have changed, and some remained the same just at different slots. This will be an ever-changing series. As the Texans go, so does this mock draft in 2019.