Houston Texans hone in on defense in 7-round 2020 mock draft

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Darrell Taylor
Round 3 Pick 90

Watt is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL but, what’s weird about Houston is that there’s not much to get excited about outside of him. Furthermore, Watt has been dealing with a number of injuries over the past few years, including only playing in about half of the games in 2019 due to his most recent ailment.

In Darrell Taylor, the Texans would e getting a player who translates to the NFL for one primary reason: His bull-rushing ability as a pass-rusher off the edge. The Tennessee product can jack up offensive tackles with ease coming off the edge. He has an NFL-caliber frame that college tackles struggled to defend.

Outside of the bull-rush, though, Taylor is far from perfect. Unfortunately, despite his build and frame, the standout for the Volunteers is not a well-versed overall pass-rusher. His power moves are the only tools in his chest. He rarely wins off the edge in any other way and, if he loses with the bull-rush, his counters are lacking right now.

In Houston’s 3-4 base defense, Taylor could fit seamlessly into a standup outside linebacker role. However, he has enough size to be a 4-3 base end as well. The Texans need another consistent pass-rusher and Taylor would be a safe addition that can get after quarterbacks with his bull rush early and, hopefully, develop his arsenal further with pro coaching.

Other Players Available: Bradlee Anae, Alex Highsmith, Khalid Kareem

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