2020 NFL Draft: Is Xavier McKinney in reach for the Houston Texans

ANALYSIS Houston Texans

Day two of the 2020 NFL Draft is here, and the Houston Texans are in a great position. Several top prospects fell into the second round who could help Houston fill numerous holes heading into the new season. Starting with their 40th pick, here’s a look at five potential draft prospects the Texans could select on Friday. 

Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

There were several surprises during the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, and one is still on the board. College Football’s top safety, Xavier McKinney, fell into the second round and is in reach for the Texans to grasp. A versatile defensive back, McKinney showcased he can be the staple of the defense wherever he lands.

In 2019 under Nick Saban, he recorded 95 tackles, 5.5 for loss, seven pass breakups, four forced fumbles and three sacks. According to a source, the Texans are extremely high on McKinney, and some wonder if he was the reason O’Brien tried to make a deal in hopes of trading back into the first round.

Grant Delpit, S, LSU

From the top safety to arguably the second-best, Grant Delpit is another can’t miss prospect should he still be available by the 40th overall pick. Last season at LSU, Delpit posted 65 tackles, 4.5 for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and seven pass breakups in 14 starts for the national champs.

Ross Blacklock, DT, TCU

With J.J. Watt entering the twilight of his career, it’s time for the Texans to look towards the future of their defensive line core. Ross Blacklock, defensive tackle for TCU, would be a step in the right direction. Last season for the Horned Frogs, the Houston native posted 40 tackles, nine for loss and 3.5 sacks, while receiving first-team All-Big 12 honors across 12 starts.

Terrell Lewis, LB, Alabama

It’s been eight months since the trade of Jadeveon Clowney, and the Texans have yet to find someone who can finally fill in the glaring hole left by his departure. Perhaps, Houston may pass on him with the 40th pick, but the Texans should look to target Terrell Lewis if he is still available by the third round. In 2019, Lewis received Second-Team All-SEC honors after recording 31 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 16 quarterback pressures and six sacks across 11 games.

Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson

The Texans are not in need of a wide receiver at the moment, but may take advantage of the opportunity to replace the generational talent they lost by the departure of DeAndre Hopkins — enter Clemson’s wideout, Tee Higgins.

As the top rank receiver, Higgins recorded 59 catches for 1,167 yards, 19.8 yards per catch, 13 touchdowns while earning first-team All-ACC recognition. He finished his Clemson career tied for the most receiving touchdowns in school history (27) with NFL stars Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. Higgins would be a good long-term complement to the Texans star QB, Deshaun Watson.

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