NFL 2017 Draft Rumors: Houston Texans to Pursue Villanova Tackle Brad Seaton

By Raymund Tamayo, Posted: 03/20/17 08:03AM EDT

The Houston Texans are reportedly going to pursue Villanova offensive tackle Brad Seaton in the 2017 NFL Draft. Houston has seven picks in next month's draft, including the 25th, 57th, and 89th overall selections.

Fansided reported that the Texans have summoned Seaton on Friday, as the team is currently looking to fill a need at the offensive line. The 6-foot-8, 310-pound right tackle is said to be an option for most teams in the middle rounds of the draft. Texans coach Bill O'Brien's top priority will be a "competent quarterback" for his "effective but sometimes complex system."

Houston traded Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for future draft picks, leaving the team with only Brandon Weeden and Tom Savage as their current players at the position. After the quarterback spot is taken care of, some analysts believe Houston will try to acquire an offensive tackle like Seaton.

According to the report, the Texans are "seriously looking at upgrading on talented guys that can cover the QB" and Seaton is their top priority at the moment. The New York native is a talented young player, who has been the central figure of Villanova's offensive game in the past three years.

His hulking frame and "ability to protect" were said to be "some of his biggest traits" as a player, which O'Brien could definitely utilize. The report continued that he could end up as the "steal from the 2017 NFL Draft," as analysts predicted that he could be selected "as early as the 4th round." However, with Houston's reported interest, Seaton could be picked much earlier.

Aside from meeting with the Texans, Seaton reportedly took part in the College Gridiron Showcase, where he displayed his talent with the Texans, Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

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