The first day of the 2019 NFL Draft went as well as could be expected for Houston, if not better.
Despite speculation that the top-tier offensive linemen would be scarce when the Texans drafted at No. 23, all but two teams passed on offensive tackles ahead of Houston. Cincinnati Jonah Williams No. 11 from Alabama. Philadelphia Eagles swapped spots with the No. 22 Ravens to snag Washington State tackle Andre Dillard. One pick later, the Texans selected Alabama State tackle Tytus Howard.
Were the Texans interested in moving up to get Dillard? Gaine did not comment on any potential trade scenarios on Thursday night, but did say the two prospects were deserving of where they were selected.
“They both fit the bill in terms of what we would look for at the position,” Gaine said. “Andre Dillard, talented player, Tytus, an equally talented player also from an intangible profile and the football character profile, both strong in those categories, both good players deserving of where they went in the draft board.”
The Texans stayed put at No. 23 and got their offensive lineman, that’s how general manager Brian Gaine describes the former high school quarterback who added bulk to his frame and can play both left or right tackle and even guard.
“We’ll start the best five,” Gaine said. “However it works out, he’ll have a chance to compete for a starting job, come in and earn what he gets. But the fact of the matter is, Tytus has been a starting-caliber player, right tackle and left tackle, has played both positions.”
The first and only one cornerback drafted in the first round was Georgia’s Deandre Baker and that wasn’t until No. 30 when the New York Giants selected him. The Texans, after losing Kevin Johnson and Kareem Jackson this offseason, would like to add to their secondary. Most mock drafts had the Texans projected to take an offensive lineman or cornerback in the first round.
“You’re not in other peoples draft rooms, you don’t know what their boards look like as it pertains to what they need, maybe who they see as best available on their board," Gaine said. "But tomorrow is a very good opportunity for a lot of good corners to get selected because there’s a lot of good remaining corners on the board."
The Texans will pick three times on Day 2 of the NFL Draft: No. 54, 55 and 86. The second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft take place on Friday with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. CT on SportsRadio 610 and NFL Network.
The Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Miller Lite was a huge success as the team welcomed the newest member of the team, T Tytus Howard!