McShay mocks another offensive tackle to the Texans

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper went with cornerback Trae Waynes (the fastest defensive back at the combine) and offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (who led all offensive linemen with 37 bench press reps) as the Houston Texans' picks in his mock drafts. His counterpart Todd McShay has stayed consistent in both of his postseason mock draft, giving the Texans Stanford offensive tackle Andrus Peat both times.

Peat is a 6-foot-6, 313-pound junior who has long arms, measured at 34 3/8 inches.

McShay notes Peat's arm length as a positive, and I know that's an area that could use improvement on the Texans' offensive line. Peat played left tackle in college, but McShay projects him here under the assumption that the Texans would be comfortable moving him to left tackle to replace Derek Newton.

I've maintained that I see bigger needs for the Texans than right tackle. I think the Texans will re-sign Newton and keep their offensive tackles intact. Their free agency doings will have a significant impact on the way they handle their draft, because it will dictate what their needs are. With quarterback Ryan Mallett, cornerback Kareem Jackson, outside linebacker Brooks Reed and safety Kendrick Lewis all unsigned, there are several potential holes for the Texans to fill.