5 Houston Texans players on the hot seat after Draft
By Jair Lopez
The Houston Texans addressed a lot of their area of needs at the conclusion of the NFL Draft.
True to his word, Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine is electing to build the team’s future core through the NFL draft. Gaine drafted the players that he believed were going to be long term starters for the Texans down the road. The Texans had two important issues to address with the uncertainty at the cornerback and offensive tackle situation.
Gaine stuck to his plan and kept all of his remaining picks going into the draft with the exception of his fourth-round selection that he traded with the Denver Broncos to acquire veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver, Demaryius Thomas.
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Texans were adamant at improving their offensive line surrounding quarterback Deshaun Watson, and they certainly reinforced that sentiment by drafting two offensive tackles in the draft. Gaine drafted Tytus Howard in the first round from Alabama State and Max Scharping in the second round from Northern Illinois.
Both players were part of this recent Senior Bowl squad and the Texans scouts and coaches had the opportunity to look at them up close as they went through drills and practices.
Texans drafted Lonnie Johnson Jr. in the second round and Xavier Crawford in the sixth round to address their need at the cornerback position.
Gaine addressed tight end, edge rusher, and the fullback position in the middle to final rounds of the draft. He selected Kahale Warren in the third round, Charles Omenihu in the fifth round, and Cullen Gillaspia with their seventh and final pick of the draft.