Lance Zierlein has Texans going linebacker in first round of latest mock draft

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I’m not sure if taking linebacker Zach Cunningham in the first round would be a smart move for the Houston Texans.

The majority of NFL mock drafts that are floating around the internet have the Houston Texans taking a quarterback in the first round.

Well it looks like Lance Zierlein of doesn’t believe the Texans will take a quarterback.

Zierlein has released his latest mock draft and he believes the Texans will use their first round pick on Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham.

"Cunningham’s tackle production at Vanderbilt is very impressive, but so is his ability to cover on passing downs. He gives the TexansBrian Cushing’s eventual replacement to play next to Bernardrick McKinney."

Cunningham would be a great pick, but it’s a year too early when it comes to grabbing Brian Cushing’s replacement.

Houston should wait until 2018.

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Right now the Texans need a quarterback and a right tackle. Preferably in that order.

Cunningham’s draft profile compares him to Alec Ogletree of the Los Angeles Rams:

"Cunningham’s missed tackles and lack of desired play strength could bother teams, but his consistent production is hard to ignore. Cunningham is a rangy, three-down linebacker who has a nose for the ball and special teams value. His downhill approach is made for attacking 4-3 defenses and Cunningham could become a good, early starter as a run-and-chase weak-side linebacker."

You have to remember that people who post mock drafts, including us, are giving their opinions on who that team should take.  So there’s certainly a chance the Texans won’t take a quarterback in the first round.  They could always decide to go with a player like Cunningham and then draft a quarterback like Josh Dobbs in the second round.