Athletic TE Kahale Warring goes to Texans in 3rd round

The Texans added a tight end in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, picking San Diego State's Kahale Warring 86th overall.

Standing 6-5 and weighing 252 pounds, Warring's athletic background is impressive: he was a water polo and basketball standout in high school, before getting into football as a senior and going on to play in college.

The choice was an easy one for general manager Brian Gaine, who said Warring was the "best available" when Houston was on the clock.

"He's another player that we got to know and spent a lot of time with here over the winter and through the spring," Gaine said. "He meets our prototypical standards. Everything we look for from the physical skill set, and equally from the football character skill set."

Warring, who worked out in California for the Texans, also spent two days in Houston. He said he "got a feel" for the city and the organization after taking in a Rockets game the night before he toured the Texans facilities.

"They were my number one choice from the get-go," Warring said.

Playing in a run-first Aztecs offense, Warring finished with 51 career receptions for 637 yards and eight touchdowns. He has plenty of room and time to blossom as a football player, according to Gaine.

"A ton of upside here," Gaine said. "A youthful player as it relates to his experience, but a ton of upside."

Getting to play with quarterback Deshaun Watson is enticing for the third-round selection, who said he has a history with the Texans' signal-caller.

"Oh, I'm thrilled," Warring said. "I actually got a chance to catch a few passes from him in the past. I think he's an unbelievable player. I can't wait to get with him and start working on things."

The Texans own picks in the fifth (161st overall), sixth (195th) and seventh (220th) rounds on Saturday.

The Texans selected San Diego State TE Kahale Warring in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft at 86th overall. (via AP Images)

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