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Mel Kiper Jr. has Texans taking OT, not QB, in latest mock draft

Offensive tackle Cam Robinson was a three-year starter at Alabama and is one of the best offensive line prospects in the 2017 NFL draft. David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire

HOUSTON -- Even after the Houston Texans traded their starting quarterback to the Cleveland Browns two weeks ago, ESPN Insider Mel Kiper Jr. still has the Texans taking an offensive tackle in his latest mock draft.

Kiper has Houston selecting offensive tackle Cam Robinson out of Alabama with the No. 25 pick.

The Texans dealt with inconsistency on the offensive line last season, primarily due to injury. Left tackle Duane Brown missed the first four games of the season while rehabbing from a quadriceps injury and right tackle Derek Newton missed the last nine games after he tore the patellar tendon in both of his knees. Chris Clark played in place of both tackles while they were injured but struggled as a starter. The Texans could use some depth on the line, especially since Newton is not expected to be healthy for next season.

Robinson, a three-year starter at Alabama, has had success as a run-blocker but needs to clean up his technique to reach his potential as a pass-blocker.

Kiper has just two quarterbacks going in the first round: North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky to the Browns at No. 12 and Clemson's Deshaun Watson to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 13. If the board falls this way, Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes would be available when Houston picks.

Kiper also had the Texans selecting Robinson in his previous mock draft in mid-February.