Houston Texans Draft: 4 players who could replace J.J. Watt

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports
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Joe Tryon, Houston Texans
Washington Huskies Joe Tryon (9) Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Joe Tryon

Here is another potential third round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans and his name is Joe Tryon of the University of Washington. The first words seen when researching Tyron was “bull rush,” and that is the type of player the Houston Texans need on their defense, especially if they decide to trade J.J. Watt this offseason.

In this rebuild of the Houston Texans defense, a player like Joe Tryon would bring some much needed aggression to the football field at NRG Stadium. Tryon should be rested as he didn’t play a single snap this past season, as he chose to opt-out for 2020.

In what was his final collegiate season in 2019, Tryon totaled eight sacks and had one pass defensed, while in 2018 he finished with one sack and one pass defensed. For his two seasons at Washington, Tryon finished with 37 solo tackles and nine sacks.

Again, with Tryon it comes back to being an aggressive player. Yes, there is such a thing as too much aggression when being an edge rusher as he can play both outside linebacker or defensive end depending on the defensive formation, so that a positive for any team that drafts Tryon.

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Tryon be facing much stronger competition in the NFL, but it would be nice to see a Lovie Smith coordinated defense bring some much needed aggression on defense in 2021. Maybe Tryon is that player as he’s spent the last few months preparing for the NFL, and is probably more than ready to take the field in 2021.