Houston Texans Draft: First 3 picks need to have strict focus

Washington Huskies linebacker Joe Tryon (9) Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Huskies linebacker Joe Tryon (9) Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Joe Tryon, Houston Texans
Joe Tryon (9) could be a Houston Texans draft pick Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans aren’t scheduled to make a pick in the 2021 NFL Draft until the 67th overall selection, which is the early stages of the third round. Though the situation isn’t ideal, that is the card the Texans have dealt to themselves with past trades and decisions.

After the 67th overall selection, the Houston Texans will be picking players at 109th overall and 147th overall, as those are scheduled to be their second and third selections of the draft.

With the Texans rebuilding and turning over much of their roster from last season’s 4-12 team, the first three picks made by the Texans this year are of greater importance than most, plus these picks need to have a laser focus because general manager Nick Caserio and those making the final decisions at the 2021 NFL Draft can’t afford to make wrong decisions.

Some of the team needs for the Houston Texans include interior defensive line, EDGE, quarterback, wide receiver and depth at linebacker and the secondary. Obviously all of those positions can’t be added with their first three picks of this upcoming draft, but the Houston Texans draft can start moving forward with selections that will help the team not only in 2021, but for years to come.

Houston Texans Draft: EDGE is of great importance in 2021 Draft

The first pick the Texans will be making is the 67th overall pick, and there the Texans draft should focus adding to the EDGE. If Washington’s Joe Tryon is available, he should be taken off the board and added to the roster of the Houston Texans.

Houston needs to keep adding to the defense, and they have to fill the spot vacated by J.J. Watt, whom the Texans released this offseason.

Tryon didn’t play in the 2020 season for the Washington Huskies, but in ’19 he collected 27 solo tackles, with eight sacks and one pass defensed. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss. Also in ’19, he was named to the All-Pac 12 second team.

At 6’5” and 259 pounds, Tryon is a big player and well-rested as he opted out of the ’20 season, but he did recently have a Pro Day where he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash, but he also had 22 reps in the bench press.

If Tryon can fall to the early third round, he would be a player excellent for the rebuilding Houston Texans because he can improve on his game and get better as the rest of the Texans roster improves as well.

In his 2021 NFL Draft Guide “The Beast,” Dane Brugler says Tryon projects as a future NFL starter, but needs to work on “eluding blockers,” and has paid as a “off-ball linebacker or hand-in-the-dirt- lineman” during his collegiate career.

This could be a very exciting selection for the Texans if Tryon is available at 67th overall, and it would be fun to see if he could improve as the defense of the Texans works to improve as well.