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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper Predicts the Texans Picking a Tackle

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Give me Dillard or give me death!

The NFL’s worst kept secret is the Texans are in desperate need of offensive line help. Maybe no one has told the Texans front office, since they have yet to make a significant move to upgrade the offensive line in two years, but everyone else knows it. Although other mocks have this player going well before the Texans have a shot at him, in Mel Kiper Jr.’s third edition of his 2019 NFL Mock Draft he has the Texans selecting OT Andre Dillard with the 23rd pick.

23. Houston Texans

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

As I wrote last time, the Texans’ biggest weakness in 2018 was their offensive line, as they gave up a league-high 62 sacks. And I don’t have a lot of faith that Matt Kalil is the answer. So let’s give them Dillard (6-foot-5, 315 pounds), one of the best pass-protectors in this class and a true left tackle. Houston could also address its secondary, which lost several impact players in free agency.

Dillard is the best pass-blocking tackle is this year’s draft. With ballerina feet and elite balance, the Texans could do no better than selecting Andre Dillard. Many predict that the only way Dillard ends up in Houston is if the Texans trade up in the draft to grab him. Only 29 more days until the Texans are on the clock. If Dillard is available, do you think he is the Texans best option?