Day three of the draft saw plenty of action by the Houston Texans. After grabbing impact players at quarterback and at running back, the team still had a couple of holes to fill on offense. With the first of their fourth-round draft picks, pick 130 overall, the Texans decided to further bolster their offense. The team selected Julie’n Davenport, an offensive tackle out of Bucknell. The small-school prospect was a rising prospect leading up to the draft. In a shallow pool of tackles entering the draft, the Texans did well to grab a player with the upside of Davenport. Here’s a brief breakdown of the selection.
Julie’n Davenport, Offensive Tackle
Davenport may come from a small school, but he is a big-time talent. He spent the last 4 seasons as the team’s left tackle, starting in 44 games. He has prototypical size for his position. He also showed good quickness when moving to secure a block. His size and power showed up on film in run blocking, but he tended to get caught holding in pass protection. However, Davenport is in position to outperform his draft slot if he can refine his technique at the NFL level.
Houston Texans Take:
In Houston, Davenport has landed in a good situation. While he faces a steep transition from the Patriot League to the National Football League, he has the skills to make the transition. With his size, Davenport has the upside to play either the left or right side. As a Texan, he will start at right tackle, where the team badly needs depth following the devastating knee injuries to Derek Newton. Further down the road, Davenport could even be a potential replacement for Duane Brown, who battled injuries last season, and is nearing the latter portion of his career.