There was no real questions about what the Houston Texans needed to do with their first pick of this draft. They needed offensive line and they needed it fast. The news coming out of Houston was Andre Dillard, but the Eagles jumped above them to steal him out from under their nose. That likely left the Texans scrambling and they settled on Tytus Howard out of Alabama State.
The fit is absolutely undeniable. The Texans need to protect Deshaun Watson, who was absolutely battered last year. They need upgrades all the way across the line but getting him a franchise left tackle is right there as a major need. The fascinating thing here is that the Texans added Matt Kalil in free agency and now Howard can learn from him.
The biggest worry fit wise is timing. Many saw Howard as somewhat of a project and the Texans really need to compete now, while Watson is cheap. However, they could fit Howard in at right tackle this year if he is not ready to man left tackle. Ultimately, the key here is that the Texans may have just added a guy who could be a long term left tackle.
Looking to PFF for the grades and they love Howard. The young tackle had a 87.8 grade on 356 pass blocking snaps last year. Additionally, he was among the very best in the class when lined up at right tackle. Those numbers suggest he could be a really nice right tackle initially but also has the potential to move over to left tackle in the future.
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