It has been an interesting offseason for the Texans, to say the least.
Houston traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins for the aging David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional fourth-round selection. It was seen a minimal gain for the impact Hopkins had on coach Bill O'Brien's offense.
With little ammo to work with, the Texans attempted to do everything in their power to improve on both sides of the ball.
Houston's 2020 draft picks:
- No. 40: Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU
- No. 90: Jonathan Greenard, LB, Florida
- No. 126: Charlie Heck, OT, North Carolina
- No. 141: John Reid, CB, Penn State
- No. 171: Isaiah Coulter, WR, Rhode Island
Best Pick: Ross Blacklock
Any time a team can add an explosive option at the core of either unit, it should be seen as a massive plus. That's exactly what Blacklock brings to the middle of the defensive front. After suffering a torn Achilles in 2018, he returned slimmer and more explosive in 2019. The improvement resulted in him becoming an early Day 2 selection.
Biggest Surprise, Day 3 Sleeper: Charlie Heck
This is a twofer.
Heck’s selection was somewhat confusing because Houston already having options at offensive tackle in Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard. Heck is best suited at guard, but a similar case can be made for Howard, who has spent time both inside and at offensive tackle. Mixing and matching could result in either a steep decline or delay in their development. On the flip side, if it works out, Heck could be a Day 3 steal.
There are few who can actually make sense of the Texans moves, but one thing has remained constant: O'Brien in unafraid to show he can win with anyone on the roster. He came away with multiple pieces to help his offense as well as a new defensive tackle to add to an already talented front.
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