Houston Texans 7-Round mock draft: Defensive focus with offensive surprises

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Cornerback is a need the Houston Texans should focus on in this draft, and there is a chance that Trent McDuffie of Washington could be available to select with this No. 37 overall selection. If that’s the case, the defense of the Texans will have a huge upgrade with just two of their nine total picks they currently have possession of.

McDuffie is 5’11” and weighed in at the combine with a weight of 193 pounds, so the cornerback might not be the tallest cornerback in this draft, but he has shown at the collegiate level he’s ready for the next level.

The Washington product has speed with a 4.44 40-yard dash time this week at the combine, as that was the only drill he took part in at the Indianapolis event.

McDuffie’s hands measured at 8 3/4 inches, and NFL.com grades him at 6.70, which is a year one starter, and also at NFL.com his Next Gen number out of 100 was 84, which means good.

The secondary of the Houston Texans really needs an upgrade, and this is a player who is described as a “fearless, aggressive competitor” by Lance Zierlein’s scouting report. If on the board at No. 37 overall the Texans must take him, and pass on some other top-level talent, at least at this point of the offseason and draft process.