Our beloved Houston Texans own the No. 3 in April’s NFL draft. Should they ditch the Davis Mills experiment and take a quarterback? Shore up their defense? Opt for a difference maker on the offensive line? Here are four players the Texans should consider with their first-round pick.
Malik Willis, Quarterback, Liberty
While it’d be a bit of a reach to take Willis this early, his talent is tantalizing. And he could develop behind Mills for a year or two before moving into a starting role. A small-school passer with SEC pedigree, Auburn transfer Malik Willis did some major damage via the ground and air in his second season at Liberty. He’s racked up more than 2,800 yards passing and 800 yards on the ground this season. He’s got the arm talent and speed to be a force in the NFL.
Evan Neal, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
In this scenario, the Texans roll with Mills and get a beast up front to protect him. It wouldn’t be the worst strategy. This star left tackle out of Alabama is widely regarded as one of the top two offensive line draft prospects alongside North Carolina State’s Ikem Ekwonu.
Kyle Hamilton, Free Safety, Notre Dame
While it’s unsure if he’ll slip past the Detroit Lions at No. 2, Hamilton would be a surefire difference maker for the Texans’ less than stellar defense. He’s a ball hawk. He’s a big hitter. He’s a tackle-for-loss machine off the blitz. And he’d look good in Houston!
Travon Walker, Edge Rusher, Georgia
Houston would be wise to select Walker and level up their defensive line. He’s versatile and can play multiple positions along the defensive front. Powerful, explosive, and excellent in pursuit, he’ll make a difference from day one.
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