2020 NFL Draft: Texans

Texans take Ross Blacklock with 40th overall pick

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The Texans used the 40th overall pick in the draft to select hometown guy defensive lineman Ross Blacklock out of TCU. Blacklock is a native of Missouri City who played at Elkins High School. His dad, Jimmy, was the first black captain of any athletic team when he played basketball for the Longhorns. He's currently the head coach for the Harlem Globetrotters, a team in which he also played for. As you can see, the kid comes from good stock.

There's a lot to like about this pick. At 6'3 and 290lbs, Blacklock is a long armed guy who uses his quickness on the inside to shoot gaps and give interior offensive lineman fits. His 4.9 40 yard dash time was impressive, but his 10 yard splits were the better tell of his quickness. Missing time in 2018 with an Achilles tear hurt him, but he looked to have recovered this past season. Told by the advisory board to go back to school for his senior year, Blacklock decided to gamble on himself and looks like it paid off.

It's not often that being your team's first draft pick of a draft class will place you as your team's second biggest headline of the day, but that's life as a Texan Blacklock will have to get used to. For a full rundown on Blacklock as a prospect, head over to Lance Zierlien's NFL.com profile of Blacklock and read the full write up. In my opinion, he's not going to replace the loss of D.J. Reader and he won't be an elite pass rusher to start off, but he's a good player and someone they needed to add to the defensive line. Please don't compare this kid to DeAndre Hopkins either. Sure he was selected with the pick they got for Hopkins, but he'll have enough pressure to perform by where he was selected. Look for him to show signs of improvement over time. I expect him to be a day one starter and become a mandatory double team on passing downs. If he improves versus the run, you could be looking at a potential Pro Bowler.

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Houston has lost seven of eight

Mariners ride big fifth inning to series win over Astros

Jake Odorizzi earned his second loss as an Astro Sunday. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images.

With the losing streak behind them by taking the middle game on Saturday night, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Sunday afternoon to try and make it back-to-back victories to take the series. Instead, they'd suffer their seventh loss in the last eight games.

Final Score: Mariners 7, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 7-8, fourth in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ljay Newsome (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-2)

Odorizzi locks in through four while Houston grabs a lead

Jake Odorizzi did not start his afternoon the way he needed to in order to have a good rebound outing compared to his first start. In the 37-pitch first inning, he issued two walks and an RBI-single, putting the Mariners at a significant advantage early. Odorizzi flipped the switch, though, finding a rhythm to retire the next ten batters after that RBI-single to get through four innings with just one run allowed.

Offensively for Houston, they quickly responded to Seattle's run in the first with one of their own in the top of the second, capitalizing on some shoddy defense by Seattle to get Carlos Correa to second to set up an RBI ground-rule double by Aledmys Diaz, tying things up 1-1. It stayed that way until the top of the fifth when a leadoff walk by Chas McCormick would turn into a run after a stolen base and two sacrifice flys to give Houston a 2-1 lead.

Mariners explode for four in the fifth

The lead was short-lived, as Seattle would explode in the bottom of the fifth, getting a leadoff single and one-out walk to set up a two-RBI triple by Mitch Haniger to go ahead 3-2. That would prompt Dusty Baker out of the dugout to end Odorizzi's day and move on to Brooks Raley. Raley would not fare any better, giving up a two-run homer to Ty France to extend Seattle's new lead to 5-2. He would finish the inning, putting Odorizzi's line final: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 89 P.

Seattle takes the series

Seattle would strike again in the bottom of the seventh against Joe Smith. After a leadoff walk, the Mariners would get back-to-back one-out RBI-doubles to extend their lead to 7-2. After Smith in the seventh, Peter Solomon would make his major-league debut in the bottom of the eighth and work around a one-out walk for a scoreless inning. Houston would then come up empty in the top of the ninth, dropping the finale and the series to Seattle.

Up Next: The Astros will travel to Denver tonight and get an off day tomorrow. Tuesday night, they'll start a quick two-game set with the Rockies at 7:40 PM Central. Houston currently has Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1, 5.27 ERA) penciled in as their starter, but with ongoing illness, he has not yet been fully confirmed. For the Rockies, Jon Gray (1-1, 2.87 ERA) is expected to start.

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