Round 5: Albert Huggins, DT, Clemson
The Houston Texans need to add to their interior defensive line in this draft too, and what better way to add depth than to go to the college football national champions and select Albert Huggins in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft?
If available on Day 3 at this point of the NFL Draft, the Texans really do need to make a player like Huggins come off the board with their selection. Granted, being a backup in college football is tough, but if you are being rotated in a defensive line like Clemson, it can work to your favor.
Huggins finished his 2018 season by playing in 12 games, where he totaled 16 solo tackles as an interior defensive lineman, along with 2.5 sacks and six assisted tackles. More important than that, the 6-3, 305-pound Huggins showed he’s ready to take the next step and play in the NFL.
The most productive game on the stat sheet for Huggins was the national championship game against Alabama, where he totaled five tackles with three of them being solo. The Texans could use a solid defensive tackle like Huggins to rotate with Brandon Dunn, as the defense showed a lot of improvement last season but still needs to add depth on their roster, too.
Huggins is described as a a good pass rusher as well. According to Richard Johnson of SB Nation, Huggins is a very solid NFL prospect:
"“He’s certainly not bad against the run, but he did play much better against the pass vs. Notre Dame. “"
The Texans would be in a good spot here to work on their interior defensive line, and if a player like Huggins is sitting there for them at this point of the draft, they must take him and add him to their tackle rotation.