With the No. 23 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Texans selected Tytus Howard, offensive lineman out of Alabama State. Howard has vice grips for hands, and if he’s able to add weight at the NFL level without sacrificing his athleticism, he can be an awesome value find later in the draft.
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Pete Prisco: I thought there were better options on the board. Jawaan Taylor would have been my choice and Greg Little even. He could be a good move or could be a bust. They need him to be good right now. Deshaun Watson got killed last year. He’s a massive man and they need help. Watson should be happy.
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Dave Richard: We knew the Texans wanted to go with an offensive lineman, but we didn’t know Tytus Howard would be their first-round pick. He’s a beast at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds but raw and unproven since he’s coming from an FCS school. And would you believe he’s a former quarterback who put on 100 pounds to play tackle?! Hopefully the Texans know what they’re doing or else their line won’t be as improved as we hope.
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Chris Trapasso: Howard is a smooth mover at tackle, and he has vice grips for hands. He’s not an instant Day 1 starter because his hands aren’t consistently accurate when getting into the chest of defensive ends, and he really lacks power in his lower half. A moldable ball of athletic clay, Howard is awesome in the run game when needing to get laterally, which was a strength of Stephenson’s game too when he entered the league. Like Stephenson too, Howard is a tall, lengthy blocker.