Should the Texans have kept draft picks over Laremy Tunsil?

Houston Texans Deshaun Watson (4) Laremy Tunsil (78) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Texans Deshaun Watson (4) Laremy Tunsil (78) Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 21, 2019; Tampa, Houston Texans offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (78) Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /

Houston Texans: Draft picks are greater than one player, right?

As much as Laremy Tunsil has been needed and praised for his work while with the Houston Texans, the team managed to win an AFC South title and and playoff game his first season, but in ’20 the results have taken a massive turn for the worse as a whole for the franchise.

The Texans were one of the more under performing teams this past season, didn’t live up to any potential. Even with Laremy Tunsil having a solid season, plus Deshaun Watson putting up his best numbers to date — being the passing yardage leader in 2020 — the Texans still saw their head coach fired after four games, and the team only gain four wins because of a roster that needs some work and new faces to compete.

This past season was tough to watch the Houston Texans on the field, and this draft will be even tougher to watch if they don’t find a way to draft before the third round. If they don’t the Texans franchise will get even worse than a 4-12 record.

There are still many important decisions to make for the Houston Texans, like who will be the next head coach.

Ultimately when looking back at the Laremy Tunsil trade, and knowing what this ’21 pick has become, as much improvement Tunsil brought to the Houston Texans offensive line, that many picks — especially a third overall pick — just seems too much when really looking back at the deal.

As the Houston Texans work on fixing their roster with their new GM, they should be thankful to have Tunsil on their offensive line, but a left tackle could have been drafted in ’20, and Houston would still have two Top 35 picks for this upcoming April’s draft, and that is what makes this decision so hard.

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The bottom line is Tunsil is an elite offensive tackle, but the draft picks would help the team more as an entire franchise moving forward, as the Texans need to be better than a four-win team moving forward into the 2021 offseason, and they were a four-win team with two of the better players at their respective positions.