Including the trade that brought in Laremy Tunsil, the Houston Texans have used three first round picks on their offensive line in the last year. When Tytus Howard and Tunsil were on the field together, the offensive line was better than it had been in recent seasons.
The additions of Tunsil, Howard, and Max Scharpring in the past season helped solidify the offensive line. The team also extended center Nick Martin this past season. That locks in four of the five offensive line positions for the team going forward. Assuming of course, that the team can extend Tunsil.
The versatility that Howard showed playing both guard and tackle will allow the Texans a best player available scenario when it comes to upgrading the offensive line. So whether through the draft or free agency, it gives a bigger pool for the Texans to find their guy.
With several offensive lineman like Mekhi Becton and Tristan Wirfs showing out at the NFL Combine, it looks like this could be a draft for the Texans to add a player. Even though it is likely those two names will be long gone by their pick, maybe a local product like Houston’s Josh Jones will be available in the second round.
In free agency, there are big fish like Jack Conklin from the Tennessee Titans that could potentially hit the market and help improve the Texans up front. While he would come with a big price tag, maybe a more affordable player would be someone like Andrus Peat of the New Orleans Saints.
What has long been the weak point of the Texans team is looking to take a turn and no longer be a laughing stock. The right addition could make it a strength.