Best pick: Justin Reid (S, Stanford)
Questionable pick: Jordan Akins (TE, Central Florida)
Sleeper pick: Keke Coutee (WR, Texas Tech)
Without a pick until the third round as a result of last year’s Deshaun Watson trade, the Texans nabbed a talented safety in Stanford’s Justin Reid. Reid was a player with a lot of helium heading into the draft, with some believing that he would be selected in the late first or early second round.
With a number of talented pass-catching tight ends available, the selection of former baseball player, UCF’s Jordan Akins was a bit of surprise, particularly in the third round. Akins was graded as a Day 3 pick by many and like South Carolina’s Hayden Hurst, Akins is one of the draft’s oldest players at 25 years old. While they didn’t pay as much as the Ravens did in the first round, picking him up in the third when he likely would have been available much later is questionable at best.
The Texans love speed on the outside and added more with the selection of local product Keke Coutee in the fourth round. Coutee figures to be a dynamic player in the slot, and reportedly spent a good deal of time with Texans assistant and former Red Raider standout Wes Welker during the draft process. Coutee could be a dynamic weapon on special teams and with Will Fuller and Deandre Hopkins already in the fold, Deshaun Watson will have plenty of downfield threats when he returns from injury next season.