So...Tytus Howard, huh? I did not see that one coming. Let us attempt to wrap our minds around what happened. First, however, I want to share some relevant and insightful tweets and analysis about the pick. As they are in fact relevant and insightful, you know they’re not from me.
The most important thing to remember for Texans fans, in my humble opinion, is this:
Here’s what I’m not gonna do about the Texans taking Tytus Howard:— Matt Hammond (@MattHammondShow) April 26, 2019
Take it out on Tytus Howard.
Whether you loved the pick or hated it, he didn’t draft himself at No. 23.
Let’s show the man some love, support him and hope for the best.
That can be tough, but it’s so necessary. Last night was one of the best nights of Tytus Howard’s life, and we shouldn’t begrudge him that for one second. Besides, no matter how hacked off you are about the pick, you have to dig Howard’s reaction to the news he’s coming to Houston:
Look, Tytus. I wish no harm to any gorilla. I just want you to lay down your life for Deshaun Watson. And know this: Brian Gaine most definitely has bet on you.
More from the man himself:
New #Texans 1st round pick Tytus Howard: “I had a good feeling about the team when I took my visit. ... I promise they didn’t make a mistake.”— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) April 26, 2019
New #Texans OT Tytus Howard on the advantage he has as a former QB: “I know how the sacks feel, so I don’t want to give any sacks up.”— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) April 26, 2019
Come for Brian Gaine, knowing a camera is trained on him, justifying the pick to the rest of the Texans’ brass as though he’s playing the President of the United States in a movie and delivering an ominous order to his Cabinet. Stay for Bill O’Brien and Cal McNair congratulating Tytus on his new gig.
Now for some reaction from people who actually watch film and can speak intelligently about the Texans’ newest tackle, as opposed to the rabble like us whose default emotions toggle exclusively between the extremes of ecstasy and agony.
The Texans needed a left tackle and Howard was one of three true left tackles available in the first 50 picks. I have to tell you, what he does and how he plays reminds me of Duane Brown when he came out of Virginia Tech. Needs work, but talentedhttps://t.co/NskHGz03RN— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) April 26, 2019
You like Duane Brown comps? I like Duane Brown comps (and not just for the irony).
Jim Nagy, who runs the Senior Bowl, which was where Gaine reportedly first fell in love with the Alabama State product:
Our own Brett Kollmann:
I don't hate that we took an offensive lineman, I'm more just shocked and confused that the one we took wasn't either Taylor or Risner.— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) April 26, 2019
Taylor has a knee thing, apparently, but I still had a much higher grade on Risner.
Just confusion all around for me, I guess.
And finally, our own Rivers McCown:
How does all that make you feel? Better? Worse? Still unable to fathom how the Eagles jumped one spot ahead of the Texans for Andre Dillard? Fire away.