KAHALE WARRINGTE, Houston Texans
The Houston Texans drafted offense for the third time in their first four picks, as they now have a new tight end on their roster.
Having the 86th overall draft choice in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Kahale Warring, a tight end from San Diego State, as the Texans have been trying to find a big-time presence at the position since having Owen Daniels on the roster.
Last year in the draft, the Texans used a third-round pick on tight end Jordan Akins (98th overall), and in the sixth round the Texans drafted a second tight end (211th overall) Jordan Thomas. Neither one of those players really set the world on fire, plus the Texans also have Ryan Griffin on their roster, too. With the addition of Warring, the tight end competition will be something to watch when training camp arrives, as it could be the most competitive of all position battles.
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As for Warring, the 6-5, 252 pound tight end is said to be the top sleeper of the draft class, according to his CBS Sports Draft Profile, with it stating the following:
“Warring, the top sleeper tight end in this class, is slightly above average in terms of build, is surprisingly spry breaking off his route stem, and uses his large frame to wall off defenders down the field with the ball in the air.”
Warring played in nine games last season with 31 receptions for 372 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 12 yards per reception last season, but it will be exciting to see how Warring fits into the offense with quarterback Deshaun Watson.
The lone issue with the pick is did the Texans need to use a third-round pick on a tight end for a second straight year? Houston needs to really hope they have finally gotten the tight end position figured out, because if they haven’t, that would be two straight years with a high pick they worked on the position.
Warring is a good player, but could the Texans have waited a little longer to draft a tight end or moved back and gained a fourth-round pick before they made a choice? Either way, the Texans have the player they wanted, and that’s the important thing for the franchise.