David Quessenberry to Texans: How Does OT Fit with Houston?

Dan Tylicki@DanTylickiAnalyst IApril 27, 2013

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Jose State offensive lineman David Quessenberry gets measured during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans have two great offensive linemen in Chris Myers and Duane Brown. Right tackle now has a battle in Brennan Williams and Derek Newton, but the depth elsewhere is questionable.

The Texans sense this and, after trading down, traded back up to land offensive lineman David Quessenberry, a steal in terms of draft value. He's a guy who can contribute immediately and is versatile enough to play nearly anywhere on the line.

Can Houston turn Quessenberry into a late-round gem?


Role and roster fit

The Texans now have two offensive linemen rookies on their squad in Quessenberry and Brennan Williams. Williams is projected solely as a right tackle and will be battling with Derek Newton for that spot.

Suffice to say, that's not something Quessenberry has to worry about. He served as a tackle in college, but he is versatile and athletic enough to move to guard. As a result, during training camp, the Texans will figure out where he best fits.

They do have Duane Brown at left tackle now, so one option is to have him be the backup there and turn him into the left tackle of the future. However, he could contribute far sooner if he is moved to guard.

The Texans have much bigger question marks at guard, and he could very well be the primary backup behind Wade Smith and Ben Jones. For a sixth-round pick, that's a big win.

He will have to work on his technique at the next level, as he is too upright and rigid currently. That could allow pass-rushers to topple him over. A move to guard would help him work at that while keeping his athleticism intact.

If nothing else, with him and Williams coming in, the offensive line is turning into a position of strength, so long as the right tackle battle is decided.


Early projections

Entering camp his rookie year, Quessenberry is expected to contribute fairly quickly. He's not going to be a starter, but he will need to provide quality depth behind the primary five players.

Right now, the primary backups are Andrew Gardner, Brandon Brooks and Cody White. Gardner has played four games for the Texans in two years, and Brooks was a third-round pick last year. White has yet to play

Quessenberry should have little trouble beating Gardner and White on the depth chart, but as a third-rounder, Brooks will be a bit more difficult to overtake, since he has that year of experience.

That being said, Quessenberry is much more athletic than Brooks. Brooks will be stuck at guard, but Quessenberry can be the primary backup left tackle while seeing some playing time at guard as well.

I see him getting playing time in 10 to 12 games that first year, with him being the guy the Texans turn to in a pinch. He's a sixth-rounder, so there's no need to rush him, and as a result he won't have any starts under his belt.

As long as he can learn the game that first year, he will be fine. He's an A selection for the Texans, and even if he never becomes a full-time starter, he is a perfect fit as a backup on that offensive line. For a sixth-rounder, that's all you can ask for.