Draftseason’s Draft Grade A Day is back! This is where we look at each team’s 2019 Draft class and grade it based on PRODUCTION ONLY! Points will be awarded per round and the scale is determined on the expectation of the round the pick was made. Fractional points are given out as well as bonus points for any player who outplayed their Draft ranking. We will add up the total points to determine the final grade. We started with the Arizona Cardinals who had the first pick in 2019 and will work our way up.
Grading Scale: (total possible per round)
Round 1 – 5 points
Round 2 – 4 points
Round 3 – 3 points
Round 4 – 2 points
Round 5 – 1 point
Round 6 & 7 – 0 points
Pick: OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Analysis: Howard started 8 games for the Texans. They were likely hoping for double that.
Pick: CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky
Analysis: Johnson had 41 tackles in 7 starts for the Texans. He also broke up 7 passes. It was a decent start to his career.
Pick: OG Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
Analysis: Scharping came in and started 14 games for the Texans and played quite well overall.
Pick: TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State
Analysis: Warring missed the season as he was placed on I.R.
Pick: DE Charles Omenihu, Texas
Analysis: The Texans sniped my boy and got some run out of him. Omenihu had 13 tackles. 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in situational duty.
Pick: CB Xavier Crawford, Central Michigan
Analysis: Crawford is on his third team already so that should say enough about how his rookie season has gone.
Pick: RB Cullen Gillaspia, Texas A&M
Analysis: Gillaspia was active for all 16 games but never got a carry. Must’ve been a special teams standout.
FINAL GRADE & ANALYSIS
Final Grade: 11.25/17 66% D
The Texans traded away almost all of their 2020 Draft picks for proven players this year and after seeing their 2019 class for a season, it’s an understandable move. The team made a surprising pick by taking Tytus Howard in Round 1. He was a guy who was rising up boards at the time, but no one figured he’d go that early. He started half of the games in 2019 and has a lot of learning to do this offseason. They had two second-round picks and got production out of both of them. Cornerback Lonnie Johnson had 41 tackles and should see an expanded role in year two. Guard Max Scharping started 14 games and helped the Texans to a successful ground game. Third-round pick Kahale Warring missed the entire season and their sixth-round pick Xavier Crawford was cut and is now on his third team. The Texans did find a nice player in round 5 though. DE Charles Omenihu played as a rotational pass rusher and had 3 sacks and forced a couple of fumbles. He should see an increased number of snaps in his second season. Overall, this grade should go up in time. Tytus Howard will be a full-time starter, and third-round pick Kahale Warring should return from the injured list. Their production alone should bump this grade up to an average level by the end of its second year.