This is the offseason and I don’t feel any different. Well, kind of. The offseason will officially begin after the Superbowl, but there’s 30 other sad franchises, watching and waiting, and so in the meantime, there’s a sliver of days to review what transpired in 2019, before looking ahead to 2020.
ESPN has already gotten started on this. Today they posted a Re-Draft of the 2019 NFL Draft where their beat reporters redraft for the teams they cover. This is who Sarah Barshop picked for your Houston Texans:
23. Houston Texans
Original pick: Tytus Howard, OT
New pick: Tytus Howard, OT
The pick came down to Howard or guard Elgton Jenkins, but Houston desperately needed a right tackle. The only knock on Howard is that he didn’t stay healthy all season, but coach Bill O’Brien praised the rookie for his play and ability to come back from a knee injury in the middle of the season. He should be a strong presence across from left tackle Laremy Tunsil for the foreseeable future to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson. — Sarah Barshop
54. Houston Texans (From SEA)
Original pick: Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB
New pick: Jamel Dean, CB
The Texans think Johnson will have a good future, but he struggled and was ranked last at his position by Pro Football Focus. Dean improved in the second half of the season for the Bucs. Among all cornerbacks with 25 or more targets since Week 10, his passer rating allowed of 29.1 was the lowest in the NFL, according to PFF. — Sarah Barshop
55. Houston Texans
Original pick: Max Scharping, OT
New pick: C.J. Gardner-Johnson, CB
With Scharping off the board, the Texans instead get more help for their secondary. Gardner-Johnson spent most of his time at slot corner for the Saints, and according to Pro Football Focus data, his forced incompletion rate of 29.6% on those slot targets was the best in the NFL. — Sarah Barshop
Do you agree? Looking back on it, who would you have rather drafted when the Texans selected?
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