Top Options At No. 13 Overall
It’s possible Kyle Hamilton is in play at pick three, but based on how teams will view the testing, along with positional value, he’s potentially in for a draft day slide. Who knows how far that fall is, but the Houston Texans should pounce if he’s available at 13. Hamilton’s route recognition skills are excellent, as his skills as a tackler in the open field. He can blitz, use his size and length to disrupt passing lanes, and is versatile to play in the box, deep, in the slot, and more!
Why not go heavy on the defensive line and take one of the better prospects in the class at 13? Jordan Davis’ athleticism is unreal when measured across positions, which could unlock more as a pass rusher. Still, his early down value is tremendous, as he can eat up double teams, shed blockers with great power, and shows off impressive agility and motor to pursue on every play.
If the Texans address a position other than edge at three, it opens the door for the pick at 13 to be an edge rusher. George Karlaftis might not have the bend of other rushers in the class, but he’s strong enough to generate an initial shock to send tackles backwards, has great hand usage, extensive counters, and plays with a fantastic motor.
Andrew Booth Jr.
If Gardner and Derek Stingley Jr. are off the board at this point, something that’s expected, the Houston Texans will have to pivot at the corner position. Andrew Booth might seem raw to some, but his eye discipline, support against the run, and insane ball skills are a great toolbox to work with. Not to mention, he has great transitional quickness and plays with the temperament you like to see from a corner.
Yeah, short arms may deter some (or a lot) of teams, but Trent McDuffie has the experience to play in man and zone coverage, offers great patience and technique, and the ability to tackle in open space. He plays impressive ball at the catch point as well.