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9-7, 1st in AFC South

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Carlos Watkins' 10.5 sacks for Clemson in 2016 set a program single-season record for a defensive tackle. He registered 14 sacks and 26 tackles for loss over his career in Death Valley.

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Texans draft tough DT

Carlos Watkins doesn't have an elite physical skill set, but he is quick, shows quality hands and has had good production throughout his career. He makes up for some deficiencies with a relentless motor and plays with the toughness and physical demeanor you look for in an interior defensive lineman.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson players on the Texans' roster: WR DeAndre Hopkins, QB Deshaun Watson, NT D.J. Reader and now DT Carlos Watkins.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With the No. 142 pick in the draft, the Texans select Clemson defensive tackle Carlos Watkins. Watkins showed off his athleticism last season and has good movement. Watkins played with D.J. Reader and joins new Texan Deshaun Watson as well.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

A quick turnaround and the Texans are on the clock again. After drafting an OT earlier in the round, the Texans could go for some help in the secondary -- the group lost CB A.J. Bouye and S Quintin Demps in free agency. General manager Rick Smith has said he believes this is a very strong class for safety.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Straight from the source: the Texans' fourth-round pick spells his name Julién Davenport.

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FCS All-American and former high school basketball star Julien Davenport has some imposing physical attributes. The four-time All-Patriot League selection's 87-inch wingspan and 36-inch arms are among the longest of offensive line prospects in this year's class.

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Texans draft small-school OT

Julien Davenport is a developmental prospect who needs to improve his core strength and refine his technique, but he has the frame, long arms, quick feet and work ethic to develop into a starter.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With pick No. 130, the Houston Texans get their offensive tackle, selecting Julie'n Davenport out of Bucknell.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans are on the clock. Houston didn't address two big areas of need on Day 2: right tackle and safety. Will they go for a player at one of those positions with their first fourth-round pick?

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Breaking down Houston's draft strategy (0:39)

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Texans' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson; 2. Zach Cunningham, ILB., Vanderbilt; 3. D'Onta Foreman, RB., Texas.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said he sees a lot of value in Zach Cunningham's versatility and ability to play both inside and outside.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Bill O'Brien said he sees Zach Cunningham as a core special teams player who is very athletic and a productive tackler. He mentions Cunningham has to get a little bigger.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

Rick Smith called D'Onta Foreman a "productive" running back and thinks he will add balance to the running game and offense.

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D'Onta Foreman's 119.4 rushing yards before contact per game in 2016 were the most in a season by a Power 5 player in the last five years. That should fit well in a Texans offense that had the NFL's sixth most yards before contact (1,248).

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Texans stay in-state with RB D'Onta Foreman

At No. 89, Houston landed the top rusher in college football, but the Texas running back needs to improve as a blocker and pass catcher to succeed in the NFL.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans go for best available player again instead of need, selecting Texas running back D'Onta Foreman. Foreman is hard to tackle and has good power. More competition at running back.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

The Texans are on the clock in the third round with the No. 89 pick. Could we see them address their need at right tackle or will they pick another guy they see as the best on the board, regardless of position?

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

I could see Zach Cunningham playing a lot on third down next season because the Texans already have two starters at inside linebacker -- Brian Cushing and Benardrick McKinney.

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Zach Cunningham led the SEC in tackles (125) in 2016. He's just the second Vanderbilt linebacker to get drafted in the first two rounds.

Team Stats

Passing Yards198.529th
Rushing Yards116.28th
Points For17.329th
Points Against20.511th