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.”