FINAL 2020 Mock Draft Survey: D-line help on the way

Getting better up front, defensively, is a goal for the 2020 Texans.

The mock drafters agree, as two-thirds of those surveyed think Houston will select an interior defensive lineman or pass rusher with its first pick in this year's Draft.

In late August they dealt their 2020 and 2021 first round selections to the Dolphins for Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills. Last month, the Texans dealt receiver DeAndre Hopkins and this year's fourth round pick to Arizona, and got back the 40th overall pick, running back David Johnson, and a fourth round selection in 2021.

Two weeks ago, the Rams sent receiver Brandin Cooks to the Texans in exchange for the 57th overall pick in the Draft.

So Houston's first draft pick is Arizona's second round selection, at 40.

Five different players got mocked to Houston by two mock drafters: pass rushers A.J. Epenesa and Zack Baun of Iowa and Wisconsin respectively, interior defensive linemen Ross Blacklock of TCU and Auburn's Marlon Davidson, and Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell.

So 12 of 18 mocks had Houston going with front seven help, two had the Texans choosing a corner, two saw Houston taking a receiver, and one mock draft apiece had the Texans going with a running back and a safety.

In all, the Texans enter the Draft with seven picks.

Table inside Article
PUBLICATION (WRITER) PLAYER LAST UPDATED
CBS SPORTS (RYAN WILSON) DE/OLB A.J. EPENESA 4/23/2020
ESPN (MEL KIPER, JR. DE/OLB A.J. EPENESA 4/14/2020
THE DRAFT NETWORK (CARTER DONNICK) DE/OLB ZACK BAUN, WISCONSIN 4/22/2020
THE RINGER (DANNY KELLY) DE/OLB ZACK BAUN, WISCONSIN 4/21/2020
CBS SPORTS (CHRIS TRAPASSO) DL, ROSS BLACKLOCK, TCU 4/22/2020
THE ATHLETIC (DANE BRUGLER) DL, ROSS BLACKLOCK, TCU 4/13/2020
HOUSTON CHRONICLE (JOHN MCCLAIN) DL MARLON DAVIDSON, AUBURN 4/21/2020
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED (KEVIN HANSON) DL MARLON DAVIDSON, AUBURN 4/17/2020
USA TODAY (LUKE EASTERLING) CB A.J. TERRELL, CLEMSON 4/21/2020
DRAFTEK (CODY LACHNEY) CB A.J. TERRELL, CLEMSON 4/21/2020
THE DRAFT NETWORK (JORDAN REID) DL JUSTIN MADUBUIKE, TEXAS A&M 4/22/2020
HOUSTON CHRONICLE (AARON WILSON) DL NEVILLE GALLIMORE, OKLAHOMA 4/21/2020
NFL.COM (CHAD REUTER) DE/OLB JULIAN OKWARA, NOTRE DAME 4/17/2020
BLEACHER REPORT (MATT MILLER) DE/OLB JOSH UCHE, MICHIGAN 4/23/2020
CBS SPORTS (JOSH EDWARDS) WR DENZEL MIMS, BAYLOR 4/23/2020
PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK (TONY PAULINE) WR MICHAEL PITTMAN, JR., USC 4/22/2020
CBS SPORTS (R.J. WHITE) RB D'ANDRE SWIFT, GEORGIA 4/22/2020
THE ATHLETIC (AARON REISS) S JEREMY CHINN, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 4/21/2020

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