1. Houston Texans
This is the biggest no-brainer on this list. The Texans have had horrible offensive line play for the last few years. Since they traded left tackle Duane Brown to the Seattle Seahawks, they have had immense trouble blocking for their passers. In fact, last season, Deshaun Watson got sacked 62 times. Houston can’t let that happen again.
Considering that Watson was reportedly dealing with a partially collapsed lung last season and was coming off an ACL tear from the previous year, the Texans can’t afford to let him get hit a lot. However, in the 2019 NFL Draft, they whiffed on the top tackle candidates that they were targeting, and they were crushed when the Eagles moved in front of them to select Andre Dillard.
Houston did take Tytus Howard in the first round and Max Scharping in Round 2, but Howard was considered a reach and is raw for the next level. Why they didn’t take Jawaan Taylor, a potential top-15 pick who fell due to minor knee concerns, was a major talking point. If they want to give their new prospects time to develop, trading for Williams would make sense.
Williams would lock down the left tackle position for the Texans for the next couple of seasons. Sure, he hasn’t played a full 16-game slate since 2013, but even if Houston got half a season out of Williams, it could make a massive difference. Last year’s left tackle, Julie’n Davenport, allowed four sacks but committed a whopping 15 penalties. Needless to say, Williams would be a massive upgrade over him and would give Davenport, Howard, and Scharping a chance to develop.
If Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans want a chance to make the playoffs and win a game, something they couldn’t do last year, making this type of move would be sensible. And given that they have over $40 million cap space, they could almost certainly find a way to make this work.