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With the twenty-third pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select…

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logo_HOU  23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford  OG | Oklahoma

This might be the easiest positional selection of this 2019 NFL mock draft. I know it’s not a sexy pick Texans fans, but it is a crucial one. Despite an 11-5 finish and an AFC South crown, the Texans got thrashed by the real kings of the South, the Indianapolis Colts, in their Wild Card round matchup. Deshaun Watson has proven to be a star though, picking up right where he left off the previous season, where he had suffered a torn ACL in practice that year. That torn ACL marks Watsons second, as he tore his ACL in the opposite knee his freshman year at Clemson. After being sacked a league worst 62 times last year, I don’t know about you, but I’m a little nervous. This offensive line was suspect going into last season and ended up being awful. There is not a first round pick amongst their starting five, and no I’m not including the recently signed Matt Kalil, who is on his third team now after scrubbing out with both the Vikings and Panthers. How did this team not address this o-line in free agency? Now the Texans are forced to take the highest rated available offensive lineman on their board when pick #23 comes around. Sure, it’s tempting to get Watson some help in the passing or running game. One of the top 3 tight ends could still be there in Hockenson, Fant, or Smith as well as a receiver like Mississippi’s D.K. Metcalf or A.J. Brown. Alabama running back Josh Jacobs could still be available too. Sorry though Houston, you can look but you can’t touch!

Defensively you lost safety Tyrann Mathieu and cornerbacks Kevin Johnson and Kareem Jackson, but you were smart to sign Tashaun Gipson, Bradley Roby and Briean Boddy-Calhoun in free agency. Sure they are a huge downgrade from what you had, but at least you tried. Don’t you even think about addressing the secondary here with this pick! The fact that this offensive line is what it is and you haven’t tried to fix it for your injury prone franchise quarterback is a bold move. The pick for me here is Oklahoma’s Cody Ford. Ford played right tackle for the Sooners but may be better suited to kick inside to guard at the pro level. Either way, Houston can use all the help they can get. I went with Ford over tackles Andre Dillard or Greg Little here because of the Kalil signing, but again, whoever the highest rated available offensive lineman on the Texans’ board is, should be the pick here.