Houston Texans 7-Round Mock Draft: Life after the DeAndre Hopkins trade
The 240th pick here is a good spot for the Houston Texans to select a player to add to the pass rush competition and that player is Trevis Gipson from Tulsa.
Sure, Gipson is a player who is “raw,” according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, but the draft analyst also says Gipson could be a “diamond in the rough,” and in the seventh round, that is what teams are looking for at this point.
Gipson is strong as he had 25 reps at the NFL Combine on the bench press, and this past season at Tulsa he collected 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 12 games. The previous season in ’18 as a junior Gipson had nine tackles for loss and four sacks, so he nearly doubled two important numbers on the stat sheet.
The 248th pick is also another good spot for the Texans to take a chance on an edge rusher, and who better than Trevon Hill of “The U.”
The University of Miami standout is a player whom the Texans could work with and see what they have through training camp, and maybe keep him in the franchise either as a special teams player or on the practice squad. Hill ran a 4.89 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 28 but will need more than that to be successful at the NFL level.
A positive pointed out by Lance Zierlein of NFL.com is Hill has played “up and down on the edge,” and he’s “able to rush from both the left and right side.” If the Texans want to take a chance this late in the draft on a player, Hill is the guy to do so with.
Houston’s final pick is the 250th overall selection, and why not see what C.J. O’Grady from Arkansas can provide? O’Grady caught 12 touchdown while at Arkansas, and his final season only included seven games where he caught 33 passes for 372 yards and three touchdowns.
He averaged 11.3 yards per reception his senior season, but it was cut short as he was suspended during the season and then he left the team.
Maybe O’Grady has learned from his suspension, and if so, being the final pick by the Texans would give him a chance to prove himself to a team and show what he’s able to contribute.