Houston Texans 7-round mock draft: Rebuilding to be a contender in ’22

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839. . Tennessee. 4. player. . Offensive Guard. CadeMays

When it comes to the interior offensive line for the Houston Texans, it wouldn’t hurt matters to add another offensive guard to the mix, and this is where Cade Mays comes into the equation with the 134th pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. Mays is said to be best at right guard in the NFL, so if he were to play alongside Tytus Howard in ’22, that could be an interesting duo for sure.

Mays is 6’6″ and 325 pounds, and while at Tennessee played every position on the offensive line, was a second-team All-SEC selection in ’21, plus allowed only one sack as a right tackle (10 games).

. . Defensive Tackle. 6. player. Arizona State. DJDavidson. 854

The Houston Texans need more from their interior defensive line, so D.J. Davidson (6’5″ and 325 pounds) of Arizona State is a good selection at this point of the draft if available with the 183rd overall pick. Davidson finished his ’21 season at Arizona State with 21 solo tackles (57 total tackles) and four passes defensed. The Texans haven’t been able to replace D.J. Reader (who left in free agency two seasons ago), so Davidson could be that player.

Josh Blackwell. player. 825. Pick Analysis. Cornerback. Duke. 6. Scouting Report

Adding depth at cornerback is a must during this draft, so take a look at Josh Blackwell with the 206th overall pick. Blackwell is coming off a season with the Duke Blue Devils where he finished with 23 solo tackles and seven pass deflections, with four of those deflections coming in the final five games of the season.

The Texans need to gain depth and some youth at cornerback during this rebuild, and though trades and free agency are options too, taking a chance with a cornerback in the sixth round is a good choice, as this round is where building depth on rosters is key.