The Duel

Best & Worst Picks From the Texans' 2020 Draft

Zach Brunner
Bill O'Brien just completed his first draft as both head coach and GM.
Bill O'Brien just completed his first draft as both head coach and GM. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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This offseason for the Houston Texans has been highlighted by head coach Bill O'Brien looking foolish. From questionable trades to frustrating press conferences, Texans fans have not been happy with their coach. Draft night was more of the same, with O'Brien getting frustrated and yelling when the camera was on him. However, it was not an entirely unsuccessful draft.

Here are the best and worst picks from the Texans' 2020 NFL Draft.

Texans' Best Draft Pick

The Texans' best draft pick was their first one, at No. 40 overall, when they selected defensive lineman Ross Blacklock out of TCU. Blacklock is an interior lineman that brings a versatile game. After not re-signing defensive tackle D.J. Reader this offseason, there was a massive hole on the Houston defensive line that Blacklock will fill.

Houston's defensive front was overly dependent on J.J. Watt last season, beating a blocker on 45 percent of snaps when Watt was on the field and only 27 percent when he was off. Investing in their defensive line early in the draft will hopefully give them another threat on the line for years to come.

Texans' Worst Draft Pick

The Texans' worst pick seems to be all O'Brien's doing, drafting cornerback John Reid out of Penn State. Reid is a player that O'Brien recruited while he was coaching at Penn State, and now Houston adds him to a crowded cornerback room.

There were greater positions of need and better players on the board, at this point in the draft. With a cornerback room already featuring Bradley Roby, Lonnie Johnson, Phillip Gaines, Cornell Armstrong, Gareon Conley, Vernon Hargreaves and Keion Crossen, this brings in average talent to a position room with a lot of depth. This pick could have been useful to address actual team needs.


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