Max Scharping Jersey

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The Houston Texans got a behemoth who can move beasts in Northern Illinois offensive tackle Max Scharping.

With the club’s 55th overall pick in Round 2 of the 2019 NFL draft, Houston decided to take another offensive tackle after taking Alabama State’s Tytus Howard. With Scharping, the Texans get a decent lineman who ought to be able to help protect quarterback Deshaun Watson, as the Draft Wire’s Jacob Infante explains.

Scharping is a massive man at six-foot-six and 327 pounds. He is a solid athlete who can move laterally pretty well. The strength in his frame is impressive, and he can overpower defenders very well and counter bull rushes with his anchor. His power in his initial punch is notable on tape.

Scharping also has position flex as he played guard in his freshman year. With the drafting of the Northern Illinois product, the Texans are getting younger on the offensive line.

In addition to Scharping’s skills, general manager Brian Gaine also finds Scharping’s master degree impressive.

“It’s certainly a valuable asset to have,” Gaine told reporters at the end of day of the draft on Friday. “It just goes to show you their commitment to learning and educating and improving themselves. To me it displays their willingness to get better.”

If Scharping can combine his smarts and strength at the next level, the Texans offensive line will get better, too.

Lonnie Johnson Jersey

After addressing the need for an offensive lineman in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans followed up in Round 2 by addressing their next most significant need with the selection of cornerback Lonnie “Lotto” Johnson Jr. out of the University of Kentucky. Johnson enters a Houston Texans secondary that has received a considerable facelift over the past few seasons, especially this past offseason with the departure of safeties Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson and the additions of cornerback Bradley Roby and safety Tashaun Gipson. With the selection of Johnson, it is evident that he is the next step in the Texans attempt to add more defensive backs who fit Brian Gaine and the Houston Texan’s standards at the position.

Johnson easily surpasses the physical standards that Gaine and company hold in cornerbacks. Measuring in at 6’2”, 213 lbs. while also running an official 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and an unofficial 4.39 at his Pro Day, Johnson fits the prototypical mold of today’s NFL cornerback. Not only checking off the boxes in terms of his physical traits and ability to play man and press coverage, but Johnson also believes he can contribute at multiple positions if need be.

“I feel like I can play safety, corner, and nickel,” said Johnson at this past year’s NFL Combine. “I’m versatile. I can play any one, for real.”

Versatility is a trait that the Texans have valued highly over the years, whether it be a star player like Jadeveon Clowney playing outside linebacker and defensive end, or a role player such as Joe Webb having the ability to play quarterback, wide receiver, and even special teams. With that in mind, it makes even more sense why the Texans chose to select Johnson.

On top of his versatility, Johnson is confident in his abilities as a cornerback. Being compared to the likes of All-Pro corners such as Jalen Ramsey and Patrick Peterson, Johnson knows what he brings to the table and that there is still room to improve.

“I don’t mind being compared to two of the greats that play in the NFL right now,” Johnson responded when being compared to the two. “…I’m smooth, I can move my feet, and I’m not slow… I’ve only been playing corner for like two-and-a-half years. I’ve been playing receiver my whole life, so it’s different.”

Tytus Howard Jersey

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – With a need at tackle, the Texans select Alabama State’s Tytus Howard at No. 23 of the 2019 NFL Draft.

“The football intelligence, the passion and love for the game, has both physical and mental toughness, very dependable guy. He embraces the process of preparing to win in football. Everything that goes into it Monday through Saturday is excellent, and then we know he loves playing on Sundays,” Texans General Manager Brian Gaine told the media following the completion of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

It was rumored prior to the draft that the Texans favored Washington State OT Andre Dillard over any other offensive lineman in the draft. Philadelphia traded with Baltimore to move up to pick No. 22 and selected Dillard before the Texans had the chance.

Howard was considered an intriguing prospect that many thought would be available on the second day of the draft, but the Texans believe that Howard has the tools to be a key piece in patching up their offensive line.

Coming out of high school, Howard was a quarterback and had plans of being a tight end at Alabama State. He grew into a right tackle as he measured at 6 foot 5 inches and 322 pounds prior to the draft. While the pick was viewed by the pundits as a reach, Howard believes the Texans made the right decision.

“I’m just blessed to be a part of the Houston Texans, great organization,” Howard said. “I had a good feeling about the team when I went and did my visit, and they decided to draft me and I promise you they didn’t make a mistake.”