HOUS­TON TEX­ANS

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Grade: B

The Tex­ans’ first-round pick helped ac­quire De­shaun Wat­son in 2017, boost­ing the grade, but their sec­ond-rounder was used to un­load Brock Osweiler’s oner­ous con­tract, which hurts. GM Brian Gaine still man­aged to ef­fec­tively marry value and need de­spite lim­ited re­sources. Reid and Rankin could start early, while Akins, Coutee and Ejio­for should ro­tate in from Day 1.

Best pick

Duke Ejio­for slid af­ter hav­ing labrum surgery in Fe­bru­ary, but pass-rush abil­ity is ex­ceed­ingly hard to find late in the draft, and he cer­tainly has it. The Hous­ton na­tive is a work in progress against the run, but he could be a dou­ble-fig­ure sack guy at the next level.

Up­side pick

Justin Reid is a player some thought could sneak into Round 1. Reid daz­zled at the com­bine (4.40 40 yards, 10-8 broad jump). With his com­bi­na­tion of size and move­ment skills, he could be a star in a Tex­ans scheme that asks a lot of its safeties.

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Ejio­for

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