The picks were awarded due to free agent departures. The placement of these picks is determined through a formula based on metrics like salary, playing time, and postseason honors.
Losing Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson hurt Houston’s secondary. Kendall Lamm and Christian Covington contributed to the formula as well. With the vault of first round picks being sent to Miami for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills, anything helps. There was also another third round pick on the table, but Kareem Jackson’s suspension might have played a role in Houston losing that.
With the addition of those three compensatory picks, here are the Texans’ current selections for the 2020 NFL Draft:
- 2nd Round (57th Overall)
- 3rd Round (90th Overall)
- 4th Round (108th Overall)
- 4th Round (128th Overall)
- 5th Round (171st Overall)
- 7th Round (240th Overall)
- 7th Round (248th Overall, Compensatory)
- 7th Round (250th Overall, Compensatory)
See how that third round compensatory selection I mentioned isn’t listed above? That’s because the 97th pick the Texans would have had will be going to the Cleveland Browns as penance for the Duke Johnson Jr. trade. The rest of the haul is all fresh meat for the grilling.
The 2020 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 23rd (for Texans fans, it’s really the 24th, thanks to the lack of a first round pick). What are some targets you’d take with these picks if you walked in BOB’s New Balance shoes for a draft?