Texans NFL Draft preview: Picks, needs, potential players

By Randy McIlvoy - Sports Director
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A video board displays the text "ON THE CLOCK" for the New England Patriots during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

HOUSTON - The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee, as teams look to stockpile for the future.

The Texans are back to a full draft slate of picks unlike a year ago. They will be busy for all three days of the draft. 

Here are their current picks in the 2019 draft:

Round 1  23rd overall
Round 2  54th and 55th overall
Round 3  86th overall
Round 4    No pick
Round 5   161st overall
Round 6   195th overall
Round 7   220th overall 

The Texans top priorities are no secret: Offensive Line, secondary depth and possibly running back will likely be their focus throughout the draft.

General manager Brian Gaine wants to build through the draft to bring in young talent and build key depth at critical positions.

With quarterback Deshaun Watson being sacked 62 times in 2018 the focus should and will be on the offensive line.  

Here are some names being tied to the Texans if available in the first two rounds:

OL:   

  • Jonah Williams - Alabama
  • Andre Dillard - Washington State
  • Greg Little - Ole Miss
  • Dalton Risner - Kansas State
  • Kaleb McGary - Washington

Cornerback: 

  • Greedy Williams - LSU
  • Byron Murphy - Washington
  • Deandre Baker - Georgia
  • Kris Boyd - Texas
  • Rock Ya Sin - Temple

The Texans will likely make their first-round selection if it holds at 23rd overall around 9:30 p.m.

NRG Stadium will be hosting a fan watch party that starts at 6 p.m.

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