The only silver lining to the DeAndre Hopkins trade is that the transaction may finally end up being the thing that cuts Bill O’Brien off from the franchise entirely. Having two second round picks isn’t as silver a lining; what it does do is make the 2020 NFL Draft more interesting for Texans fans.
With early and mid second round selections, Houston could bring two new starters to their team. After adding only Eric Murray and Randall Cobb to their roster this offseason thus far, hitting on both of these second round picks is going to be a requirement for Houston to reach the same heights they hit in 2019.
Todd McShay with ESPN released his post free agency mock draft yesterday. To keep up with his nextdoor neighbors, he’s expanded it to two rounds. Here’s who he has Houston selecting:
Justin Madubuike, DT, Texas A&M
Maybe coach Bill O’Brien just really wanted Madubuike and his athleticism when he confusingly agreed to trade DeAndre Hopkins for this pick. The defensive tackle did run a 4.83 at the combine at 293 pounds, and D.J. Reader is gone to free agency...
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Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU
Houston’s defense surrendered the fourth-most passing yards in 2019 and collected just 12 interceptions. Gladney is tough in man coverage and does a good job timing his breaks on the ball.
Would you be satisfied if Houston made these two selections in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft? If not, who would you prefer that was still on the board in this mock draft when the Texans went on the clock?