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2017 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Versus Mel Kiper

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Find out if Tony Romo’s departure to the broadcast booth had any effect on who they think the Texans will draft.

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You might think that yesterday’s news that Tony Romo is no longer an option for your Houston Texans would result in mock drafters doubling down on assigning a quarterback to Houston in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. At least as it concerns ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, you’d be wrong. In their dueling mock draft, Kiper and McShay have the Texans strengthening the trenches, not the man under center, with that first round pick.

25. Houston Texans

Kiper: Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama | Watch highlights

Quarterback could be in play here after Tony Romo chose the CBS booth over playing for the Texans. I'm sticking with an eventual replacement for Duane Brown in Robinson. He's a powerful run-blocker but needs to clean up some things to reach his potential. Robinson could move inside to guard if necessary.

McShay: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin | Watch highlights

The Texans need more help up front, and Ramczyk has the requisite frame and athleticism to eventually develop into a prototypical NFL left tackle. He was a very consistent player in his lone season with the Badgers after transferring from UW-Stevens Point (Division III). The medical recheck will be important for Ramczyk's stock; he had hip surgery in January.

We’ve talked about the potential fit of Robinson and Ramczyk before, but have your feelings on either coming to Houston in the first round changed now that we know salvation’s name is not Tony Romo?