Lopez: Texans' seven-round draft predictions

No first round pick?

In The Loop
April 17, 2019 - 10:09 am

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By John P. Lopez

We are seven shows from the NFL Draft. Based on interviews Texans have had with prospects, positional needs and General Manager Brian Gaine's and coach Bill O'Brien's tendencies, here is how I believe it will go.
Texans' seven rounds of picks:

1st – trade with Washington Redskins. Texans receive the ‘Skins' 2nd and 5th-round picks.
Why: Gaine is all about building through the draft. With no premier tackle available at No. 23 overall, it makes sense to move back and accumulate more draft capital.

2nd – (46 overall) – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame.
Why: Love is just a big-time playmaker. And he is versatile, which is a Texans staple.

2nd – (54th overall (Seattle)) – JoeJuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt.
Why: Another versatile athlete and player. Best value on the board here.

2nd – (55th overall) – Bobby Evans, OL, Oklahoma.
Why: While he's not the most talked-about OU lineman, he's a big, fundamentally sound tackle.

3rd – (86th overall) – Chase Winovich. Edge, Michigan.
Why: This dude has Texans written all over him. Huge playmaker, an active player and insurance for a big question brewing on the edge.

5Th – (153rd overall) – Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn.
Why: An absolute burner and a great fallback plan if Will Fuller's injury woes continue

5th – (161st overall) – Ross Piersbacher, IOL, Alabama.
Why: Versatility, versatility, versatility. I nasty player who can play anywhere on the interior

6th – (195th overall) – Marquis Young, RB, UMass.
Why: Fits a big need in every way. Fast, durable, good out of the backfield as a receiver.

7th – (220th overall) (New York, via trade with Denver) – Kadar Hollman, CB/S, Toledo.
Why: Not the biggest or fastest, but a true high-motor guy who just makes plays and is a sponge mentally. Improved every year, a f