The Houston Texans are often regarded for their impressive defense while the AFC South franchise has recently turned its attention toward the offensive side of the football. Despite the fact that the Texans notably selected former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, it is actually a rookie offensive lineman that has stood out early on in the offseason.
As a result, Texans first-year offensive lineman Julién Davenport has already caught the attention of the team’s coaching staff.
“I like Julién,” said Texans head coach Bill O’Brien, via the Houston Chronicle. “He’s a rookie, so they’re all learning. It’s tough in no pads. I think the true test for a lineman is when the full pads are on in camp, but so far he’s smart, he works hard, he’s got a good skillset for that position. So far, so good, but again the true test for lineman is when they put pads on.”
The former collegiate standout, who attended Bucknell, stands at 6-foot-7 while weighing just under 320 pounds. Davenport was selected by the Texans in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft and is a former All American at the collegiate level.
“Possesses elite arm length and hand size for the position,” read his NFL.com draft profile. “Can unravel his arms and stick them into the chest of a frustrated edge rusher. Able to gain necessary ground to race to the edge over first two kick slides. Keeps head back and out of pass sets when he punches. Team leader and two-year captain. Good strength in hands to snatch and secure the frame of defenders. Has adequate athleticism to reach and hook the edge. Able to get out in space as pulling tackle or on screens. Has moldable physical traits to work with.”