The Rookies

In 2017 the Cleveland Browns traded the 12th pick of the first round to the Houston Texans. In exchange the Browns received Houston’s 25th pick and their first round pick for 2018. As a result the Houston Texans selected QB Deshaun Watson from Clemson University. However, in the 2018 draft the Texans didn’t pick until the 3rd round. I must say they didn’t waste time in building debt and potential starters.

2018 Draft

The Houston Texans Draft Class 2018

3rd Round
Justin Reid / S / Stanford University:
Despite having signed veterans in the defensive backfield the Texans make a youth movement with their next three picks. Justin Reid is the brother of Eric Reid who played for the San Francisco 49ers.  Justin is one of the best Safeties in the nation and he was the only safety to rank highest against the pass and run.

Martinas Rankin  / OT / Mississippi ST:
His best game came against LSU. On tape he looks more like he’s more affective with run blocking. Against Alabama and Georgia they were more effect against Rankin when MST was passing. He might be more effective as a guard in the NFL.

Jordan Akins  / TE / University of Central Florida:
He could be the surprise of 2018. Although this draft seem to be flooded with TEs, they seem lacking in the blocking department. I think Jordan slipped through the cracks and fell to the 3rd round. He’s a great seam route runner, great hands and a decent run blocker. Former Texan TE Owen Daniels comes to mind when I see him play, he’s just faster. Akins just seem to runaway from everyone else.

4th Round
Keke Coutee  / WR / Texas Tech:
More speed is what the Texans get with Coutee. A log jam at the WR position is a good thing for the Texans but I do think they need a veteran to compliment DeAndre Hopkins. Where would Coutee fit in? With Watson at the helm its hard to say who’s the better WR outside of Hopkins. I don’t buy into that the small guy play slot … Coutee could be a special team return guy which would edge out a veteran.

5th Round
Duke Ejiofor  / DE / Wake Forest:
It’s rare for a player to have so many moves especially for a young DE. Some guys are still learning those moves in the NFL as veterans. Ejiofor is a natural, whatever helps him get to the ball its the move he uses. He’s a true DE not and Edge rusher and will make an excellent backup for Watt and Clowney.

6th Round
Jordan Thomas  / TE / Mississippi ST:
Thomas is more of a blocking TE if you compare him to Akins. However he has one of the strongest 11 inch hands in the draft. He was not used primarily as a pass catching TE in college but he made 22 catches for 263 yards and three touchdowns in his senior year.

Peter Kalambayi  / LB / Stanford:
He could make this team by being a special team player but I would like to see him play with the 1st team on defense. He has the size and speed but can he show it in the NFL.

 

7th Round
Jermaine Kelly  / CB / San Jose St.:
One of the underrated CB in the draft. He was like the CB teams picked on when the other corner was considered as a shutdown corner. He a smart player and held his own and with the veterans to learn from at his disposal he will get better. He will probably be a better FS in the NFL.