Houston area talent shows well in first round of NFL Draft

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HOUSTON – The 2021 NFL Draft is underway, and doesn’t it feel good to have it back!

Shoutout to Cleveland for hosting and for the job the city did on opening night. Round one is in the books, and it was a good night for Houston-area players.

Former Episcopal High School and Alabama star receiver Jaylen Waddle was the first off the board for H-Town, going number six overall to the Miami Dolphins. Waddle will now be reunited with Tua Tagovailoa who was a big tandem for the Crimson Tide.

Later, in the opening round at number thirteen was former Sugar Land Clements and Northwestern standout Rashawn Slater, who was scooped up by the Los Angeles Chargers. Slater is a solid blocker who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 304 pounds. He’ll now help protect Chargers QB Justin Herbert.

The Houston area produced one more first round selection when the New Orleans Saints picked the University of Houston defensive end, Payton Turner. Turner is a product of Houston’s Westside High School before a successful run at UH. He is 6 feet 6 inches, 288 pounds and has great upside as an edge rusher to stop the run and has potential has a solid pass rusher as he gets bigger and stronger.

Friday, former Episcopal High School stars Walker Little from Stanford and Marvin Wilson from Florida State are expected to get calls in the second or third rounds.