Though the Houston Texans are in the midst of battling for the AFC South championship entering Week 13, there is still time to look to the future with a potential first-round pick.
If things keep going as planned for the Houston Texans, they will have a draft pick in the late 20s or even further back once the 2019 NFL Draft arrives in April. Currently the Texans are not only in first place in the AFC South with five games left on the schedule, but they are also on an eight-game winning streak.
Even with those accolades to their side, the Texans are still not a perfect team by any means, and there is one glaring aspect of the roster that must be fixed in the worst way. That is the offensive line, and even more than that, they should really look at the offensive tackle.
Brad Weiss of FanSided.com released his latest mock draft, and he has the Texans selecting 26th overall with their pick being offensive tackle David Edwards of Wisconsin. Weiss wrote the following about the offensive tackle:
"“David Edwards from Wisconsin has long been one of the best offensive tackles in college football, and would be a perfect fit in Houston.”"
Edwards missed the Wisconsin regular-season finale with a left arm injury. Jason Galloway of Madison.com wrote of the arm injury:
"“Edwards suffered the injury during fall camp but played through the issue until last week’s game at Purdue.”"
By the time the 2019 NFL Draft rolls around next year, the recovery of Edwards should be well-known by NFL teams, and if he is healthy, the Texans could be a very real landing spot for Edwards.
The current offensive tackles for the Texans are Julie’n Davenport (left tackle) and Martinas Rankin (left tackle) who were fourth- and third-round picks respectively the past two seasons. At right tackle is Kendall Lamm. There is also Seantrel Henderson, who is on injured reserve, while David Steinmetz and Roderick Johnson are on the practice squad.
This season, the Texans’ offensive line has allowed 37 sacks, and according to grades by Pro Football Focus, Lamm is graded at 61.5 and Davenport is graded at 48.9. In another Pro Football Focus article, they have the Texans’ offensive line ranked 27th out of 32 teams following Week 12.
Once the season is eventually over and the Texans are hopefully celebrating a great season, work will need to be done to the offensive line at tackle, and Edwards would most likely be a welcome addition. No matter what happens, it should be a safe bet the Texans will select an offensive tackle in the first round.
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