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Texans Introduce Tytus Howard

No. 23 pick holds introductory press conference

April 26, 2019 - 3:48 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Tytus Howard has landed in Houston as he met with the local media for the first time on Friday.

The Texans made Howard the No. 23 pick of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday in an effort to shore up their offensive line and help protect Deshaun Watson, which is a priority for General Manager Brian Gaine and the Texans this offseason.

Howard knows something about the quarterback position as he was a quarterback in high school. He was recruited to play tight end in college before eventually packing on the weight to move to tackle by enjoying some of his favorite food.

“I always was a big eater growing up. I guess when I got to college and got older it caught up with me.  I had to eat a lot, drink a lot of protein shakes, actually my first time ever working out for real was in college.  So I got to college and started working out, got bigger and stronger.  She (my fiancée) would cook for me every night, my mom cooked for me all the time, baked deserts for me, so the weight just came on,” Howard told the media on Friday.

After Gaine spoke with reporters on Thursday, he said that Howard was an offensive lineman that could play any position on the line except for center. Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien addressed the plan on where Howard may line up.

“Watching Tytus on tape, four hole player.  Feel like we have a guy here that can play tackle and guard, we’re going to start him off at tackle, and we’re going to teach him both positions,” O’Brien said. 

Wherever Howard ends up, he’s confident that he can play on either side of the line whether it’s at tackle or guard.

“To be completely honest, it’s about the same for both.  When I first started playing offensive line, I started playing right tackle, but I was running with the two’s at left tackle.  Over the years I played both.  I feel completely confident playing left or right tackle and also playing guard as well,” Howard added. 

While Howard may not have been soaring up pundits’ mock drafts, belief amongst the league is that many NFL teams had Howard high on their draft board with a lot of them setting up meetings with him

“I took around 24 visits,  a lot of traveling,” Howard said.  “I was on the road for about a month straight, I got to go home for like two days.