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.
Game of the Week!
6A Region II District 14
Tomball Memorial Wildcats - Overall 8-1; District 6-1
15th Cypress Ranch Mustangs – Overall 9-0; District 7-0
Location: Cy-Fair FCU Stadium, Cypress, TX
Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 @6:30 pm
The game of the week is a battle for first place in the District 14 II Region 6A with Texas high school football playoffs implications. The top two teams in the District 14 will clash Thursday night in the last game of the regular season to determine the district.
The Mustangs are the number team in the district and are the number 6th team in Houston ranked by Ricky Girouard of Houston Preeminence. They are led by quarterback #10 Logan McDouglad who has thrown for 47 completions for 586 yards with six touchdowns on the season. Powered by a strong running game featuring a pair of exciting running backs, Willie Eldridge and Elias Pino, that makes the game easy for the Mustang to control the clock and win the field position battle. When McDouglad and the Mustangs need a big play, they can rely on CJ Hardy with his great hands and speed to help move the chains and keep the drive moving. Aided by a strong defense that has only allowed 135 points in 9 games, the Mustangs defense can play against anyone.
The Wildcats in their first year are moving from 5A in 2017 to 6A in 2018. The new kids on the block have become a force to be reckoned with. Second, in the district, the Wildcats are an explosive offensive team that can score in waves. QB #7 Charlie Galban runs this offense with his big arm throwing for 2002 yards and 16 touchdowns. Galban has two wide receivers that have caught over 20 passes for over 500 yards. Logan Kyle is the clear number one target for this Wildcats passing attack. Not to be outdone, the running backs for the Wildcats are just as impressive as their receivers. Christian Lovick, leads the way with 1,341 yards on the ground and 16 Tds. This offense has the makings of being one of the best in the state.
The Mustangs have everything to lose in this contest; first place in the district and higher seeding in the Texas High School Football playoffs. Which is very important to have a good path to the Texas State championship. The Wildcats would like to prove to everyone, that they belong in the bigger region. The Wildcats use their high-power offense, and try to take the district away from the Mustangs. The Mustangs will try to rely on their ball control offense and stingy defense to lock up the district title. This game should be an exciting one to watch.
Sources: Maxprep, Houston Preeminence
Texans’ fans: this series will be a weekly 2019 mock draft for our favorite team. The mock draft will not have any impact from free agency or trade rumors. As the Texans season moves forward and they accumulate wins or losses, the draft slots and draft picks will be affected. I based each pick on the Texans needs, prospects, draft stock, and fit for the current team’s defensive and offensive schemes.
The Texans’ needs are simple: Offensive Lineman and Corner. There is no starting Left Tackle on the Texans roster currently. The interior lineman position has been shaky at best. The Texans’ O-line has to be one of the most inconsistent lines of all time. In the 2019 mock draft, I prefer to use their first round draft pick on an Offensive Tackle.
The cost to the Texans for winning games is lowering their draft slots. To simulate the draft, I used a computed online live draft at fanspeak.com. So, when the Texans’ pick came up, all of the top rated OT were gone. Teams like the Jets, Cardinals, Colts, and Browns all might be looking for OT in the 2019 Draft. Talent like Jonah Williams, Greg Little, and Trey Williams will be gone very early in the first round of the draft. Unless the quarterbacks in the 2019 class really start shining, and quarterback-needy teams fall in love with them, other talented positional players will be off the board quickly.
Here We Go!!!
First Round Selection at 20th Pick - CB Deandre Baker - Georgia
Measurables – Height: 5’11”, Weight: 185lbs., 40 Yard Dash Time: 4.55, Reach: 34”
Deandre Baker was rated higher than other OT at 20th. Baker is one of the top-rated cornerbacks coming out of college this year. Andraez (“Greedy”) Williams gets the hype and attention, but Baker is just as talented and flashy. Not necessarily a ball-hawking corner, Baker plays his man and the ball quite well. Pass deflection ability is key in a league where the passing game is highlighted. Baker’s selection would allow the Texans to move Jonathan Joseph to second corner and Aaron Colvin can then play in his natural position as slot corner.
Second Round Selection at 47th Pick - OT Andre Dillard - Washington State
Measurables – Height: 6’5”, Weight: 305lbs., Wingspan: 83”
Andre Dillard is nice second-round talent. Dillard is in the conversation of Best Left Tackle in the draft class. With his quick feet and superb hand placement, he could be the Left Tackle for the Texans for the next 10 – 15 years. With Watson’s abilities and playing style, he will need a LT that has more quickness and is lighter on their feet than a traditional LT. Dillard has very good upper body strength. That strength will be needed when handling NFL-level top pass rushers that can bull rush.
Second Round Selection at 53rd Pick - RB Bryce Love - Stanford
Measurables – Height: 5’10”, Weight: 202lbs., 40 Yard Dash Time: 4.35
Bryce Love should replace Lamar Miller and should pair with D’Onta Foreman. Barring any setback, I can see him going higher in the draft. If he is there in the third round for the Texans, he could be a must-draft for them. Love is a running back with a track and field background. Love has the speed to break away from defenders. He also has the toughness to be a three-down back with pass-catching abilities, which has been missing from this Texans’ offense. Stanford is known for running a profile-style offense. That style will suit him well transitioning from college to NFL.
Third Round Selection at 84th Pick - G Ben Bredeson - Michigan
Measurables – Height: 6’5”, Weight: 310lbs, Wingspan: 81”
Ben Bredeson is a former OT that has moved inside to guard. He is projected to be a left guard that has great strength with power at the point of attack. Bredeson has very good lateral movement from his days at tackle. He truly battles against every defender that lines up in front of him. He positions himself well in pass-blocking situations.
Properly balanced while run blocking, Bredeson seems under control and stable doing both. He will need to improve on next-level blocking. He should be a force to go with Dillard on the left. Pairing him with Nick Martin and Zach Fulton could make the interior an impenetrable wall for years to come. Drafting Bredeson helps Head Coach Bill O’ Brian solidify the line and have some permanent players in their positions.
Fourth Round Selection at 123rd Pick – CB Amani Oruwariye - Pennsylvania State
Measurables – Height: 6’1”, Weight: 201lbs., 40 Yard Dash Time: 4.57
Amani Oruwariye would be another player to add to the depth of the corner position. Without a lot of proven stars or talent at the corner spot, Oruwariye could have his chance for some real playing time. Oruwariye has great length and a very high awareness of the ball. A proven tackler that fights off blocks well, Oruwariye has the strength and size to be a hard-hitting corner. A bit raw without a lot of starts under his belt for being redshirt senior, Oruwariye has great potential.
Fifth Round Selection at 161st Pick –Edge Rusher Christian Rector – Southern California
Measurables – Height: 6’3”, Weight: 275lbs., 40 Yard Dash Time: 4.77
The Texans’ base front is 3-4, like we always hear, but a team can never have enough edge rushers.With Christian Covington not playing well, and being a healthy scratch on certain games after his return from injury, Christian Rector could be used as the main back-up at defensive end, with Duke Ejiofor emerging as star. Ejiofor and Rector could be the best natural-skilled pass rushers on the team. Picking a true 3-4 DL, will be quite different from what the Texans have been doing lately: converting talent to fit their schemes. Rector has the power and speed to be strong against run. His quickness, finesse, and power can be valuable in the passing game. As a former basketball player in high school, he definitely has the footwork to improve his pass rushing skills.
Sixth Round Selection at 194th Pick – OL Kendall Baker – Georgia
Measurables – Height: 6’5”, Weight: 305lbs., 40 Yard Dash Time: 5.27
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 as a swing tackle or as depth for the Texans. He plays very aggressively and has a strong punch to run, stopping defensive tackles from getting to the ball carrier. Following Head Coach O’Brian’s philosophy for the O-line, he has the versatility to play Guard, as well. He will have to add some weight on his frame to play inside. Running backs can find holes when they run his direction, but he will need work to get his strength where he needs to be to handle NFL-level talent.
Sixth Round Selection at Pick 237th – OL Dewrin Gray – Maryland
Measurables – Height: 6’4”. Weight: 336lbs. 40 Yard Dash Time: 5.25:
Derwin Gray is big, stout offensive lineman. Gray has shown the ability to play Guard and Tackle. He run blocks well, has excellent movement for man of his size, and was once a starter at LT for Maryland. Early in his college career, Gray showed he could play the LT position. Gray’s true position for NFL coaches is at guard with his wide frame and powerful first step in the run game. He blows off defenders to make running lanes for his running backs. An offensive lineman with his natural skills and size could have a long-term home on a roster with work and great effort.
The Texans have some holes in their roster that need to be addressed. This draft class should be able fill some of their needs and contribute. During the free agency period, there will be some players added and lost to fit the needs of the team. Some of these prospects could see the field starting Day One. With the new additions, the Texans should improve their team and push further in the playoffs in 2019.