The Houston Texans’ 2019 draft class paid dividends for the team immediately. Tytus Howard and Max Scharping were primary starters along the offensive line. Charles Omenihu added interior pass rushing production. Cullen Gillaspia was a battle fightin’ special teams hero.
Well, almost all of the class contributed. Lonnie Johnson Jr. was one of the worst cornerbacks in the league. Kahale Warring was too hot and too much of a CHAD for Bill O’Brien; he didn’t even see the field. And Xavier Crawford is no longer on the team.
In this two-part breakdown of the Texans’ 2019 draft class, we discuss Howard, Johnson Jr., Scharping, Omenihu, Crawford, and Gillaspia. Topics include the setting the Tytus Howard selection was made in, the context Howard and Scharping’s rookie season happened in, what each player can improve on moving forward, whether the Texans can expect for Johnson to become a starting cornerback after a disastrous rookie season, if Warring will ever have an impact on the team and how he could if he ever does, the surprise pass rushing production from Omenihu and what he can do to take the next step forward, whether Crawford would look better as a Seattle Dragon, a Calgary Stampeder, or as a San Antonio Defender, and whether or not Gillaspia can contribute on the offensive side of the ball in seasons to come.
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