1st/12 Deshaun Watson, QB
Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 221 School: Clemson
After seeing two teams move up to get quarterbacks the Texans didn’t want to risk Watson not being there at 25 and moved up with the Browns. Watson steps into an ideal situation that could allow him to be Houston’s day one starter. The Texans defense will allow the offense to play conservative and not force too much on Watson while they have the weapons to take shots when he needs to.
2nd/57 Zach Cunningham, LB
Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 234 School: Vanderbilt
An athletic linebacker Cunningham does well in space providing good range and the ability to play in coverage while meshing well with Benardrick McKinney’s downhill thumping style. With the Texans have established linebackers in Brian Cushing and McKinney it will allow Cunningham to ease into the NFL as a role player coming in on passing downs and used to cover tight ends or roam the middle of the field.
3rd/89 D’Onta Foreman, RB
Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 233 School: Texas
Running the ball is a big part of Bill O’Brien’s offense similar to how the Patriots offense runs he likes to utilize different types of running backs. Lamar Miller played well last year but got banged up as the year wore on. By adding Foreman, he provides a size and speed element to run between the tackles. This can lessen the load for Miller so his legs can stay fresh and take advantage of his speed.
4th/130 Julie’n Davenport, OT
Ht.: 6-7 Wt.: 318 School: Bucknell
Normally players with Davenport’s size and athletic ability do not play in to the Patriot league. Davenport dominated the lower level competition but struggled at the Senior Bowl facing Power 5 prospects for the first time. For as good as Davenport was he is still raw with his technique and needs time to learn. Davenport is viewed as the heir apparent to Daune Brown at left tackle but needs time to develop.
4th/142 Carlos Watkins, DT
Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 309 School: Clemson
Finding help for JJ Watt along the defensive line has been a focus especially since DJ Reader moved down to nose tackle. Watkins uses his hands well to go along with lateral agility and quickness needed to play defensive end in the Texans system. Expect Watkins to push Christian Covington to start.
5th/169 Treston Decoud, CB
Ht.: 6-2 Wt.: 206 School: Oregon State
Looking to add depth after AJ Bouye signed with the Jaguars in free agency the Texans pick up a big physical cornerback with plenty of upside. Decoud attended three different colleges on his path getting better at each stop. Using his size and length Decoud is able to reroute receivers and then go make plays on the ball.
7th/243 Kyle Fuller, C
Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 307 School: Baylor
Needing help along the interior offense line it looks as if the Texans took best available despite not needing help at center. Houston plans to look at him at both guard and center but Fuller could stand to add some weight that could help him with leverage and generate some power.
Watson (first round)
Davenport (fourth round)
Anytime you can get your future franchise quarterback you feel like your draft is a success as Watson gives the Texans hope that they finally found the one to lead them to a Super Bowl. Looking past the Watson pick, Houston had success finding a combination of starters and high upside developmental pieces with each selection.