Houston Texans: Intriguing second year players from 2019 NFL Draft
By Jair Lopez
Houston Texans 5th rounder: Charles Omenihu
Despite having to wait longer than expected to get drafted, Charles Omenihu turned out to be a great choice in the fifth round. A tweener at his position, Omenihu has the physical attributes to play as a defensive end in a 4-3 or Texans 3-4 scheme base defense.
Omenihu showed instances of being a menace against quarterbacks by simply being a mismatch against interior lineman with his athleticism and freakish 36-inch arms. Omenihu has the athleticism and length to be more than a situational pass rusher for the Texans. However, he will have to prove entering his second year in the league that he can anchor against the run well enough to see more playing time. He played in 442 of the snaps, which accounted for 42 percent of the plays on defense.
Omenihu did his fair share of damage against the pass by finishing with 13 tackles, five quarterback hits, three sacks, two forced fumbles, and two pass deflections. He was mainly reliable in his rookie season, only missing the season opener against the New Orleans Saints as a healthy scratch and the Carolina Panthers game after suffering a knee injury versus the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Texans have a lot to look forward to in Omenihu, Howard, Scharping, Johnson, and the rest of their 2019 draft for this upcoming season.