Brennan Williams to compete with Newton

Brennan Williams, the Houston Texans third-round pick and 89th selection overall in the NFL draft, will have a chance to compete for the starting right tackle job.

That’s what offensive line coach John Benton told Houston press while indicating Derek Newton's status is up in the air following what was reportedly major knee surgery.

Scouts Inc. rates Williams as an above average run blocker and an average pass protector. He played his college ball at UNC and comes to the pros with NFL size -- 6-foot-6, 318 pounds.

His father, Brent, played defensive end for 11 seasons with the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets, according to PFW.

On his run blocking Scouts Inc. says:

Strong inline capabilities. Initial angles and pad level can be inconsistent but he possesses a quick first step. Shows good pop with initial punch. Above-average inline power base. When playing with leverage can drive and steer defenders off the ball. Possesses strong and heavy hands to stay engaged. Flashes the finishing power to manufacture knock down blocks. Quick out of stance and can open up and run when climbing to the second level or pulling around edge. Just average ability to adjust and throw on moving targets in space though.