O'Brien And Gaine Pleased, Conclude 2019 Texans Draft Class

Texans add depth and versatility through full arsenal of picks

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April 27, 2019 - 7:27 pm

The Houston Texans wrapped up their 2019 draft class by selecting Texas A&M linebacker/fullback Cullen Gillaspia with their 7th round (220th overall) draft choice. 

If that doesn't epitomize the theme of last years draft class and this years as well, what does? 

The former Aggie became the first ever "12th man" to be drafted into the NFL. 

Gillaspia, a Houston area native, having graduated from Katy Taylor High School, joins first round pick OT Tytus Howard (Alabama State), CB Lonnie Johnson Jr. (Kentucky), OT Max Scharping (Northern Illinois), TE Kahale Warring (San Diego State), DE Charles Omenihu (Texas) and CB Xavier Crawford (Central Michigan) as the newest players drafted by the Houston Texans. 

After having to sit the bench last year as the draft started, waiting to make his first selection in the 3rd round (S Justin Reid), Texans GM Brian Gaine said he kept it status quo from 2018 in terms of their preparation and protocol. 

"We still built the board accordingly. Didn't omit any process or any regularity. We still treated the board as if we had a first and second round pick (in 2018), so nothing changed."

The Texans first round pick Howard, is expected to supplant the Texans 2017 4h round pick, Julian Davenport at left tackle, While Lonnie Johnson Jr. taken in the 2nd round, is expected to start day one. The versatile tackle, Max Scharping has experience playing both tackle spots, will likely be competing with Seantrel Henderson on the right side. 

Given the unfortunate news of incumbant Texans tight end, Ryan Griffin's arrest in Nashville over the weekend, the Texans 3rd round pick, Kahale Warring could have one less body to compete with, but that doesn't make his job any easier, as he'll be battling 2nd year player Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas as well as veteran Darren Fells for playing time. 

Fifth round selection, Charles Omenihu will be trying to soak up everything he can from the like of JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. The former Longhorn product has looked up to both of the Texans defenders since he was a high schooler in the Dallas area. The Texans 6th round pick, Xavier Crawford, should be expeced to compete for a backup spot at corner. Texans GM Brian Gaine said he liked Crawfords resilience and determination he showed in transferring from Oregon State to Central Michigan during his college career after suffering a back injury. 

There are plenty of other moves the Texans will be making over the coming hours and days with the undrafted free agents they will take looks at this Spring. 

Texans GM Briane Gaine said the Texans, "had a very good balance of best available mixed with the opportunity to meet with team needs. Guys who love football, who embrace the process of getting ready to play on Sunday. I feel like with every at bat we had, we got good football players and guys who will fit our culture and program as well."

Head coach Bill O'Brien say's he can't wait to welcome all of the newest Texans to the building and get to work, "When you arrive here, it's what you do from that point forward. We'll start to indoctrinate them into our culture, our systems and how we do things. It's an exciting time, we're very excited about this draft, we feel good about every single guy and we're excited to get started with them."