Texans Mock Draft: Deshaun Watson stays; post Super Bowl edition

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In previous 2021 mock drafts at the Toro Times, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was traded from the franchise and the Texans gained valuable draft choices. This week, let’s keep Watson on the roster of the Texans and see where the chips fall with the current way the draft choices are looking for Houston.

That means the Houston Texans won’t make a selection until the early stages of the third round, and that isn’t something that isn’t that farfetched as twice in the history of the Texans draft they haven’t made a pick until the third round, and just last year the Texans didn’t pick until the second round.

If Houston wouldn’t have traded for Laremy Tunsil in 2019, they would be picking third overall this year, but instead they traded their first- and second-round picks for this year’s draft to the Miami Dolphins.

Until a trade is officially made, the Texans’ first pick will be 67th overall — the third pick of the third round — so let’s start from there and see what players the Houston Texans could draft and add to their roster for the 2021 NFL season, as the 2020 season just came to a close for all 32 teams with the conclusion of Super Bowl 55 this past Sunday.

Texans Draft: Pick No. 67 (Round 3): Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

Joe Tryon might not be the very best edge rusher in the 2021 NFL Draft, but the Houston Texans need to add players on the defensive line, and a player who could be available in the third round is  Tryon of Washington.

Houston needs to rebuild their defense as they were one of the worst overall units in all of the NFL, and Tryon would be used on Day 1 if selected by the Texans. Tryon didn’t play the 2020 season as he was an opt-out player, but in 2019 he totaled 41 tackles and had eight sacks.

There is no way that Tryon wouldn’t be a great addition to the new Lovie Smith defense as either an outside linebacker or a defensive end when he would be needed there off the edge as well.

The current outside linebackers for the Texans are Whitney Mercilus, Jacob Martin, Benardrick McKinney and Tyrell Adams, so adding a little competition at the EDGE with Joe Tryon would be good for this team because the Texans pass rush in 2020 was uninspiring, to say the least.

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