If the Texans aren’t taking an offensive lineman here, General Manager Brian Gaine should be in search of work. Last year, Deshaun Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times during the regular season. With Garrett Bradbury and Jonah Williams off the board, Gaine should be running a card with Cody Ford’s name to the podium in Nashville.
Ford can immediately step in and start on the left side, giving Watson some peace of mind. If the Texans don’t go with Ford here, there’s a case to be made with taking one of the top corners available.
The Raiders took Quinnen Williams with the No. 4 pick, and now they go with another defensive star. Jonathan Abram has been one of the fast-risers throughout the draft since the Scouting Combine, and getting to this spot is a likelihood. Abram would immediately plug into the defense and start next to Lamarcus Joyner, who was given a four-year deal this offseason.
Oakland has offensive needs, but the defense is a mess at this juncture. The Raiders are attempting to get out of the AFC West basement, and if the defense sees a serious infusion of talent, there’s a real chance of that happening.