Houston Texans continue to build around CJ Stroud in 7-round mock draft

The Houston Texans give C.J. Stroud some new weapons and also replace some pending free agents in 7-round mock draft.
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Round 4 Pick 124: Christian Jones, OT, Texas

Another starter who is going into free agency is right tackle George Fant. Even if Fant does return the team may look to upgrade the right tackle spot. Last season, Fant graded out at only 60.4 percent in pass blocking according to Pro Football Focus. The Texans would also like to add depth along the offensive line.

"I have great feet. That comes first and foremost. I’m an intelligent player that’s a quick learner. I have 36-inch arms. I can play in space. I’m a mauler in the run game. That’s how I’d write my own scouting report."

Christian Jones via the Draft Network

Christian Jones is a prospect who is still developing his game, having not started playing football until his junior year in high school. While he may lack experience he has the traits NFL scouts are looking for in a right tackle including size messuering in at 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds at the Senior Bowl. He also has the strength to open up running lanes and if asked to be a backup in Houston as a rookie he is someone who could be a swing tackle having played both right and left tackle during his Longhorn career.

Round 4 Pick 128: Bucky Irving, RB, Oregon

One of the biggest weaknesses on Houston's offense last season was their running game. The team only averaged 3.7 yards per carry last season which ranked 29th in the NFL. Houston could also lose their leading rusher Devin Singletary this offseason, which would make their returning rushing leader be Dameon Pierce who only averaged 2.9 yards per carry.

Oregon’s Bucky Irving who is my top-ranked running back in the 2024 NFL Draft, still could be available at this point of the draft due to a lack of size and scouts arguing about who the top back in this year’s draft. If the Texans were able to get Irving with the 128th pick they would be getting a multi-dimensional back who averaged 6.3 yards per carry on 186 touches and also hauled in 56 passes.