The Houston Texans have three picks remaining at the 2019 NFL Draft, but have no pick in the fourth round entering Day 3.
The third day of the 2019 NFL Draft — Rounds 4-7 — is the day where depth for an NFL roster is built, and for the Houston Texans, they are working to find some sleepers in this draft that can add to their roster for years to come.
The Texans need to hope the players they select on Saturday help them keep one step ahead of the rest of the AFC South. The Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tennessee Titans aren’t sitting still and want to take the division championship away from the Texans this upcoming season, so success in this draft is a must.
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Thus far in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Texans have selected the following players:
With the Texans selecting offensive line twice with their first four picks, and not having a fourth-round selection before the third day begins, what will the franchise do next?
The final three picks for the Texans will take place in the following rounds:
• Round 5, Pick 161
• Round 6, Pick 195
• Round 7, Pick 220 (via Denver Broncos, from New York Jets)
The Texans currently don’t have a fourth-round pick because they traded that away when they were in desperate need of a wide receiver at the NFL trade deadline. They traded that pick to the Broncos for Demaryius Thomas, who is no longer on the roster and was injured before the end of the 2018 season.
Here is a look at a few players who could be available for the Texans on Day 3, though if they want select them, they’ll most likely have to trade up into the fourth round to do so:
• Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame: He is a player who had a Day 2 draft grade but has made it to the third day of the draft. My favorite part of his game is the fact he’s good at deflecting passes, but the Texans will need to trade up to the early fourth round to select him.
• Amani Hooker, S, Iowa: Here is another defensive back who could do well with the Texans, but again, they’ll need to trade up in the draft to select. With how the Texans played last season at times in the secondary, there is no such thing as too much help for the unit.
• Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State: It is a little surprising he fell to the third day of the draft. Wren is still on the board, and the Texans wouldn’t be crazy to add a defensive tackle to their overall depth to play alongside J.J. Watt. Wren is described as a prospect who has “athleticism.”
• Bryce Love, RB, Stanford: If the Texans want to add a running back, there could be a chance Love falls to the Texans, as he is coming off an ACL injury to end his collegiate career. Love when healthy is an excellent running back, but it will be interesting to see if the Texans would take a chance on him if still on the board in the fifth round, as that is his draft grade.
• Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State: If the Texans wait until the sixth round to look at a running back, Mike Weber of Ohio State could be left on the board as he could provide success with his pass catching abilities out of the backfield.
• Jamell Garcia-Williams, Edge, Alabama-Birmingham: The Texans have shown they aren’t afraid of drafting smaller school prospects this year, and one who could be waiting for them and be a “diamond in the rough” is Jamell Garcia-Williams. He’s 6-8, 255 pounds and is coming off his best collegiate season. Garcia-Williams collected 15.5 tackles for a loss in his final season as he has a draft prospect grade of Round 6 or 7.
• Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo: If the Texans want to move up in the draft or if he falls to the fifth round, Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson is a player who could be a solid depth receiver for the franchise. The Texans had issues with injuries at wide receiver last season, and Johnson last season with Buffalo had 57 receptions for 1,011 yards with 11 touchdown receptions. As a junior, he caught for 1,456 yards and 14 touchdowns on 76 receptions.
There are many players who could help the Texans on Day 3 of the NFL Draft. Even though not all of the names on the list are stars, today is the day where teams build rosters that help propel them to championships and winning seasons. Which players do you want the Texans to draft on Saturday?