16 – Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford
Analysis: The Texans need a quarterback, but aren't going to find one here. Pass catchers Devin Funchess (Michigan) or Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) would be options, although both are slight reaches this early. So I'll have them take Peat, who fills a need and is a steal at this point in the draft. The more I watch him on tape, the more I appreciate how quick his feet are. He's also tall, has long arms and good awareness, and possesses good power as a blocker. He needs to improve his consistency as a finisher, but he's young and should continue to get better.
Assuming this scenario somehow played out, Peat would likely compete with the surprisingly resurgent Derek Newton for the starting right tackle spot and/or provide insurance against the possibility that Newton was just a one-year wonder. Not only that, but Peat would give the Texans some desperately needed security in the event of a serious injury to Duane Brown, which is likely one of the three worst things that could possibly happen to the Houston offense.
Debating the merits of spending a high pick on the football equivalent of a rainy day fund is a discussion for another day, but I suppose there are worse ways to spend a first rounder. Just ask Cleveland.