Houston Texans Mock Draft 3.0: Do surprises await at 2019 NFL Draft?
Round 1 (23rd Overall): T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
We all know the Houston Texans drafted a couple tight ends last season, and we all know the Texans have a team need for offensive tackle and cornerback as their greatest needs entering the 2019 NFL Draft, but they also need to make sure quarterback Deshaun Watson has the best weapons to get passes to in his third NFL season.
That is where the selection of T.J. Hockenson of Iowa comes in at tight end for the Texans. This past postseason, the Texans had a combined three receptions for their tight ends in the Wild Card loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and for the season the top tight end was Ryan Griffin with 24
receptions for 305 yards and no touchdowns. Jordan Thomas totaled 20 receptions for 215 yards and four touchdowns, as he did bring a nice red zone presence. Jordan Akins finished with 17 receptions for 225 yards receiving.
This is where a player with the talents and ability of Hockenson come into play as Lance Zierlein of NFL.com wrote in his draft profile of the tight end that he has an NFL comparison to Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs.
If the Texans could add a player like that to the options of passing the football to for Watson, the offense would be extremely dangerous with the likes of DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee on the field as well. It would also make for some exciting football, too.