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2016 NFL Draft Prospects By Position: Offensive Tackles

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Today, we're continuing with our look at the prospects along the offensive line, with a look at the tackles that will be available in the 2016 NFL Draft.

He's the top-rated offensive tackle in the draft. He won't be coming this way, but can we find someone who can eventually develop into something special in the draft?
He's the top-rated offensive tackle in the draft. He won't be coming this way, but can we find someone who can eventually develop into something special in the draft?
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The Texans' fanbase is fortunate to have two solid tackles in Duane Brown and Derek Newton, but that doesn't mean we won't be looking to shore up the position. Chris Clark was acquired via trade from the Broncos and stepped in to fill Duane's shoes when Duane went down with an injury, but Clark is a free agent now and we can't guarantee that he'll return to Houston. If Clark doesn't return, we'll need a backup swing tackle to join Kendall Lamm, and possibly someone who can eventually take over the starting left tackle position and make it his own.

Since the Texans don't have a massive need at tackle, I'm not expecting us to draft Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss) or Ronnie Stanley (Notre Dame).  Offensive line is a position that can be addressed in later rounds or through undrafted rookie free agency. CBS and Draft Breakdown have a number of tackles available, so we can probably expect a few guys to end up on the 90-man roster.

What do you think about the tackles on offer? Should we focus on getting Clark back and trust Lamm to handle things if someone gets injured? Does Duane's injury scare you to the point where you're ready to start looking for his eventual successor? Is there an upgrade over Clark or Lamm available in free agency that we should be looking at? Let us know in the comments!