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

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Cornell Powell, Houston Texans
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Houston Texans Draft: A receiver in Round 5 isn’t such a bad idea

Cornell Powell of Clemson could be on the board when the Houston Texans select in the fifth round with the 147th overall pick. This could be a very interesting spot for the Texans because it wouldn’t hurt to the a chance on a wide receiver with this selection, and if Powell is still available, he should be selected here to help add to the wide receiver chart that isn’t overall that impressive after you get past Brandin Cooks.

The depth at wide receiver for the Texans isn’t great, and they have to know that. Sure, Randall Cobb is a solid player, but he’s not the saving grace of the unit either. There is a lot of unknown with the Houston wide receivers, and this is where a player like Powell cold step in and make his mark.

Dane Brugler of The Athletic says Powell compares to Mohamed Sanu in the NFL, and if that is the case, then the Texans should sign right up for Powell in the early stages of the fifth round. Selecting wide receivers this late in the draft isn’t easy, and it should be noted that it will take some time for any rookie to get accustomed to the NFL, but especially with the Texans, as they are basically starting over compared to last season.

In his final season with the Clemson Tigers, Powell caught 53 passes for 822 yards with seven touchdowns, and for his career he caught 93 total passes for 1,2211 yards with 10 touchdowns. In ’20, Powell averaged 16.6 yards per reception as his quarterback was potential no. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

Powell was also a third-team selection to the All-ACC team in ’20. The 6’0 Powell had a 40-yard dash time of 4.52 at his Pro Day, and he had a bench press of 16 reps of 225 pounds. His vertical jump is 36.5’, and going back to the comparison of Sanu … if the Texans can get a player that compares to him in the fifth round, then drafting a wide receiver here is an easy decision.

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The Houston Texans need to make some important decisions within the foreseeable future, and none are more important than their first three picks of the 2021 NFL Draft. If they can just find players who can contribute and be solid pros for the next four to five years, then it can be a job well done for Caserio and Company. If not, it could be an even worse season than the one we all witnessed in ’20.