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Grading Round 1: Houston Texans

Derek Stingley

Derek Stingley

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image source="featured_image" img_size="large"][vc_column_text]We roll out the first round NFL Draft grades for certain teams and the Houston Texans are next…

3. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU

Stingley had one of the best freshman seasons we have ever seen from a young corner in college football. If he had been allowed to enter the draft after his freshman year, he may have been the number one pick. However, due to injuries, coaching changes, and Covid, Stingley has cooled off a bit since year one. To put it simply, he struggled last season, and his team was bad by LSU’s standards. The Texans and new head coach Lovie Smith make this pick hoping that Stingley can get back to his freshman form, where he was easily the best corner in the country. If he can, this pick is an absolute homerun, if not, then it’s a bust. Stingley was my 2nd ranked corner on the board, with Sauce Gardner ahead of him. Stingley excels in man-to-man coverage, but the Texans run almost exclusively zone-defense, so Stingley will have to adapt for it to work out.

Grade: Due to the uncertainty of the level Stingley will play at and the lack of a perfect scheme fit, I am giving this pick a C+, but if he stays healthy this could easily be an A+ by the time he’s done playing.

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15. Kenyon Green, G, Texas A&M

Green was my 3rd overall O-line prospect in this draft. He was excellent at Texas A&M, blocking in the SEC is not easy, but he was one of the best the last couple of seasons. He is a high-level run protector as well as a solid pass blocker as well. I think he will play on the interior at the pro level, though he could play at OT if the Texans need him to. Decent pick here, building a stable O-line will be essential if Houston wants to climb out of the bottom of the AFC South.

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