3. Texans Draft: A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
Now this would be a very exciting selection with the 40th overall pick in the Houston Texans draft if A.J. Epenesa would still be sitting available to select. To be quite honest, Epenesa had all the makings to be a first round pick, but luckily for the Texans he can still be had in the second round.
Having an NFL comparison to Carlos Dunlap (Cincinnati Bengals) isn’t such a bad thing. For the Texans what is great about possibly getting a pass rusher named Epenesa is he can play in both a 3-4 or 4-3 defense, which that ability of being able to have versatility is attention-catching for sure.
While at Iowa, Epenesa played in 37 games, including 13 games this past year. Epenesa collected 32 solo tackles this past season, and to go with that there were 14 tackles for loss, 49 total tackles, four forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defensed.
By some football miracle if Epenesa is still on the board at 40th overall, the Texans will have quite the decision to make. The defensive end could not only produce now and learn under the great J.J. Watt (who is entering his 10th season), but he could be built up to eventually one day be the main focal point of the Texans’ defense.