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2016 NFL mock draft: Houston Texans go with TE Hunter Henry

Instead of getting a defensive or offensive lineman, the Texans get the top tight end in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

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Lets go through a checklist for the Houston Texans. Do they finally have a quarterback? Check, even if you disagree with the contract given to Brock Osweiler. Do they have a running back to replace Arian Foster? Check. Lamar Miller could be a breakout player next season. Did they get a wide receiver to go along with DeAndre Hopkins? Check. Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog gave Houston wide receiver Corey Coleman. How many check boxes are left on offense? How about one at tight end? Get the pencil ready for another check mark.

52. Texans: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Kollman: Much like with our pick of Corey Coleman in the first round, our goal with this selection was to continue to surround Brock Osweiler with as much talent as humanly possible. Hunter Henry isn’t exactly Tyler Eifert or Eric Ebron when it comes to athleticism, but he has extremely reliable hands and a great understanding of body positioning and subtlety when running routes down field. He’s a guy that won’t get nearly as much separation as most top receiving tight ends in the league, but his game really lends itself more towards an "open even when he’s not open" kind of style anyway.

Considering all of the pure athleticism that the Texans already have on offense, between DeAndre Hopkins, Lamar Miller, and Corey Coleman, they don’t need him to be a world class physical specimen. Houston just needs a guy that can block well at the point of attack and be relied on to move the chains on third down every once in awhile. In essence, Bill O’Brien needs a young carbon copy of Heath Miller, and Hunter Henry is about the closest thing to a young Heath Miller you’re going to get in this draft class.

Analysis: The way this mock draft plays out, the Texans better have a top-five offense next season. And they'd better figure out to plug some holes on defense. Although my choice would have been a defensive or offensive lineman, you can't fault getting the best player at his position.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 40. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  • 41. Joshua Perry, OLB, Ohio State
  • 42. Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
  • 43. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  • 46. Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

Texans picks

  • 1-22: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
  • 2-52: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas

Hogs Haven is checking in with the No. 53 pick at noon ET making the pick for Washington.


Complete draft results:

First round

1. Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link)
2. Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal (Link)
3. San Diego Chargers - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore Ravens - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York Giants - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans Saints - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland Raiders - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles Rams - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit Lions - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta Falcons - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis Colts - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo Bills - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (Link)
23. Minnesota Vikings - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU (Link)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Link)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson, CB, Houston (Link)
26. Seattle Seahawks - Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (Link)
27. Green Bay Packers - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (Link)
28. Kansas City Chiefs - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (Link)
29. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (Link)
30. Carolina Panthers - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Link)
31. Denver Broncos - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (Link)

Second round

32. Cleveland Browns - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Link)
33. Tennessee Titans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State (Link)
34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Link)
35. San Diego Chargers- Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (Link)
36. Baltimore Ravens - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Link)
37. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Link)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (Link)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State (Link)
40. New York Giants - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (Link)
41. Chicago Bears - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Link)
42. Miami Dolphins - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (Link)
43. Los Angeles Rams - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Link)
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (Link)
45. Los Angeles Rams - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Link)
46. Detroit Lions - Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (Link)
47. New Orleans Saints - Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (Link)
48. Indianapolis Colts - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Link)
49. Buffalo Bills - Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State (Link)
50. Atlanta Falcons - Keanu Neal, S, Florida (Link)
51. New York Jets - Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (Link)