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NFL Notebook: Texans select Alabama State tackle

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Former Tulsa McLain product Josh Jacobs of Alabama was drafted by the Raiders on Thursday night. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]
Former Tulsa McLain product Josh Jacobs of Alabama was drafted by the Raiders on Thursday night. [AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee]

Texans select Alabama State tackle

The Houston Texans want to protect Deshaun Watson better, and they took the first player from a non-Football Bowl Subdivision school in the NFL Draft on Thursday night to help their offensive line.

The Texans drafted tackle Tytus Howard at No. 23 out of Alabama State. The 6-foot-5 can only help a line that gave up a league-worst 62 sacks last season despite winning the AFC South title.

Tulsa product drafted by Oakland

Former Tulsa McLain product Josh Jacobs was the first running back and third Alabama player drafted Thursday night. The Raiders selected Jacobs at No. 24.

Steelers make trade to get linebacker

Pittsburgh Steelers moved up in the first round to select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft.

Pittsburgh initially owned the No. 20 overall pick on Thursday night but swapped first round picks with the Broncos, sending Denver a 2019 second round pick (No. 52 overall) and a 2020 third rounder.

The Steelers hope Bush is a capable replacement for Ryan Shazier, the Steelers' 2014 first-round pick who will sit out a second straight season while recovering from spinal surgery in December 2017.

Wire reports

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