1. Duane Brown, Offensive Tackle
There isn’t one offensive tackle or one offensive lineman on the 2019 roster of the Houston Texans who is in the same conservation as Duane Brown when he was at his best when he played for the franchise from 2008-16. It can be even said there isn’t a lineman on the current roster that matches up with Brown from his play with the Seattle Seahawks since he was traded to their franchise in the middle of the ’16 season.
Brown is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, and three of those selections came with the Texans, and in 2012 he was a first-team All-Pro selection for a season where he was at his best. That year he had just five penalties as the left tackle of the Texans, where he had just one holding penalty called on him.
It goes without saying that if Brown at his very best was a member of the Texans last season, there is no way Deshaun Watson would have been pressured, hit and sacked as much as he was. If Brown was on the Texans in 2019, it would be safe to say he’d help make the rest of the offensive line better too, and they wouldn’t be coming off a season where they were ranked 32nd in run blocking by Pro Football Focus.
Brown is the greatest offensive lineman in Texans history, and since he was traded they’ve yet to replace what he brought to the team in play on the field or in his leadership abilities.
Brown will go down with the very best to ever play for the franchise, and he would make the 2019 offensive line special and would thrive when at his best.
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