Houston Texans draft target: Late round ending to help run the game?

The Houston Texans need to fill a tight end need in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. With Pep Hamilton as offensive coordinator, Houston plans to field a fast-paced offense with a focus on football management.

A strong tight end – or two – to add to the stroke lock is essential.

The Texans are looking to build a foundation with a slew of picks in the draft: 11 selections and five in the top 80. If they choose to go for a tight end in the later rounds, a good fit could be Teagan Quitoriano, who exemplified impressive athletics at Oregon State.

Quitoriano didn’t put up massive numbers at OSU, but the Beavers relied heavily on his run blocking. He was essentially a sixth offensive lineman to help running back BJ Baylor rush for 1,337 yards at Corvallis. At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Quitoriano has the talent to succeed in the NFL. And maybe also the temperament?

“There’s a place for me on any NFL team,” Quitoriano said in an exclusive with Bri Amaranthus. “I’m ready to do anything to win. Special teams is something I have a lot of experience in and I know it’s the fastest way on the field in the NFL. I’m ready to dive in there- inside.

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Quitoriano, who models his game after Rob Gronkoski, is aware that his receiving numbers don’t jump off the page. In 2021, he posted career highs in receptions (19), receiving yards (214) and receiving touchdowns (3). His goal at the NFL Combine and OSU Pro Day was to show off his explosiveness and improved run.

The Texans re-signed Pharaoh Brown and Antony Auclair to one-year contracts, and also have 2021 fifth-round pick Brevin Jordan still on the roster. Additional help is welcome as Houston’s tight ends have combined to catch 72 passes (22nd), 610 yards (28th) and four touchdowns (28th) in 2021.

Quitoriano is expected to be a day three NFL draft pick.

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A strong draft would help the Texans close the gap between themselves and the rest of the tough AFC South opponents. Currently, Houston has the worst odds (+2600) to win their division in 2022 while they were their rebuild. If the Texans select Quitoriano, what type of player will they add?

“They get a tight end and an extremely hard worker,” Quitoriano said.

Quitoriano certainly has the competitive appetite, the transferable skills and the desire to succeed in the league. It would be a project with immense benefits. The Texans know they have their work cut out for them in a rebuilding season and Quitoriano could be an exciting prospect to add to the roster.

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