For the second straight day, the Texans picked an offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft.
A night after they selected Alabama State tackle Tytus Howard in the first round, Houston used the 55th overall pick on Northern Illinois offensive tackle Max Scharping. The 6-6, 327-pounder was picked one spot after the Texans other second-rounder, cornerback Lonnie Johnson, Junior of Kentucky.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin started every game of his college career, 53 in all, and he said he’s “very happy” to be a Texan. The past two seasons Scharping was a left tackle, after spending his sophomore year at right tackle. He split time between right guard and right tackle as a freshman. He was also a three-time All-MAC selection.
Getting better up front offensively has been a priority for the organization, and Scharping looks forward to blocking for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the League,” Scharping said. “He’s a great person to be able to protect for. He’s athletic. He can move throughout the pocket, and he’s got a great arm. I can’t wait to be one of the guys protecting him.”
During a conference call with the Houston media, he said he’s comfortable playing inside or outside on the line.
“Whatever they need me at, I’ll be available to play guard or tackle,” Scharping said.
The newest Texan said he grew up watching defensive end J.J. Watt play his college ball at Wisconsin. Scharping and his family are also excited about the Texans getting to practice with the Packers before the preseason opener in August.
“It will be an amazing opportunity for me and my family to see me play in Lambeau early on in my career,” Scharping said. “I can’t wait for that.”
The Texans next selection is in the third round at 86th overall.