Houston Texans adding for future; trade Eli Ankou

defensive tackle Eli Ankou now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
defensive tackle Eli Ankou now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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defensive tackle Eli Ankou now of the Houston Texans Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans reportedly added a draft pick for 2022 by trading Eli Ankou.

The Houston Texans added to their draft, not for 2021, but for 2022, according to reports, as they are set to trade Eli Ankou to the Dallas Cowboys for a seventh-round pick in 2022.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported first on Twitter and in an article the Cowboys are making the trade with the Texans this coming Monday. Ankou didn’t play in a game with the Texans this season, as he was originally under contract with the Indianapolis Colts, before he joined Houston.

This isn’t a franchise-changing trade or anything like that, but the Houston Texans showed they are willing to make some moves if they feel the price is right.

The 6’3” defensive tackle Eli Ankou has played in 20 regular-season games from 2017-19 with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns. Even with two stints with the Texans, he never played in a regular-season game with the franchise.

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From the 2017-19 seasons with his two former teams Ankou had made two starts (both with the Browns in 2019), and has 1.5 sacks, which both came in ’17 with the Jaguars. For his career, the DT has collected 15 solo tackles, one tackle for loss and has two QB hits.

Ankou has never played in more than 17 percent of defensive snaps in a season, so it will be doubtful how much the Cowboys will use him even after releasing Dontari Poe earlier this week.

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The Houston Texans didn’t draft a player in the seventh round this year, and their most recent pick in the round was in 2019 when they selected Cullen Gillaspia, a fullback with the 220th overall pick. He’s played in 21 games for the Texans and is still a member of the roster.

Other past seventh-round picks for the franchise since 2014 include: Jermaine Kelley Jr. (2018), Kyle Fuller (2017), Kenny Hillard (2015), Andre Hal (2014) and Lonnie Ballentine (2014). Also, don’t forget the Texans drafted Derek Newton in 2011 in the seventh round, and he was maybe the second-best tackle to ever play for the franchise.

Hal is the one of the very best seventh-round pick in Texans history, joining there team after being selected 216th overall back in 2014. In five seasons with the Texans — and after overcoming cancer while in the middle of his career — Hal was was a true inspiration for many.

In his on-the-field time, the safety played in 69 games and made 40 starts. In those games, Hal totaled 12 career interceptions (including three in his final season of 2018), plus 31 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, one sack and even six tackles for loss.

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Even though this trade for the ’22 seventh-round pick isn’t exciting in the least, it could become an important player to the franchise line Hal was, or it could be added into a potential trade deal one day to help the Texans gain a needed player, which is what is most important in the trade that will be finalized on Monday.