HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Texans moved up to grab quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and it looked like a move that paid off. In this year’s Draft, however, the Texans didn’t make their first pick until the fourth selection of the third round — and 68th overall.
The Texans selected Justin Reid, a junior safety from Stanford. Houston made eight picks in the final five rounds, including two from Stanford, two from Mississippi State and players from the Big 12, ACC and American Athletic Conference.
Here’s how the 2018 Draft went for the Texans, and the analysis per NFL.com.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com gave the Texans a grade of A, and here’s what he said about their picks:
“When Houston finally made a pick early in the third round, they found a great value in Reid. He’s a bit tight in the hips, but he’s also a smart, downhill player who will start for many years. They also got great value in Rankin, a tackle from Mississippi State who could play multiple spots. The dude just doesn’t get beat, and will be a solid starter. Picking Akins over other tight ends like Ian Thomas and Troy Fumagalli is a move that’s worth questioning.”
Round 3 • Pick 4 (68th overall) — Justin Reid, Safety, Stanford
Round 3 • Pick 16 (80) — Martinas Rankin, Center, Mississippi State
Round 3 • Pick 34 (98) — Jordan Akins, Tight End, Central Florida
Round 4 • Pick 3 (103) — Keke Coutee, Wide Receiver, Texas Tech
Round 6 • Pick 3 (177) — Duke Ejiofor, Defensive End, Wake Forest
Round 6 • Pick 37 (211) — Jordan Thomas, Tight End, Mississippi State
Round 6 • Pick 40 (214) — Peter Kalambayl, EDGE, Stanford
Round 7 • Pick 4 (222) — Jermaine Kelly, Defensive Back, San Jose State
Image: Head coach Bill O’Brien of the Houston Texans looks on against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)