Max Scharping is adjusting to the NFL.
The offensive lineman, picked in the second round of last month’s NFL draft, is like the rest of the Texans rookies in the eyes of head coach Bill O’Brien.
“They’ve got a long way to go,” O’Brien said. “I think they’re working hard. I think it’s a group of good guys but I would say they’ve got a long way to go, the whole group.”
Scharping said all the right things in a Wednesday meeting with the media, reiterating multiple times the importance of being a great teammate, doing his best, and improving on a daily basis.
A left tackle for the bulk of his college career at Northern Illinois, Scharping has practiced at various spots across the line so far with the Texans. O’Brien and the offensive staff are working to find the right mix up front, and the rookie explained the difference in his eyes from playing guard versus tackle.
“Everything just kind of happens quicker inside,” Scharping said. “You don’t have as much space as you do at tackle. Everything just happens a little bit faster.”
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Scharping was the third pick of the Texans this year, as fellow offensive lineman Tytus Howard was taken 23rd overall in the first round, and cornerback Lonnie Johnson went a pick ahead of Scharping in the second round at 54th overall.
Having Howard as a resource has been a comforting element to Scharping’s move from college to the pros.
“It’s definitely pretty helpful to have someone like that with you,” Scharping said. “You can bounce ideas off each other. We were playing next to each other today, so we were helping each other out with communication and stuff like that.”
Scharping, Howard and the Texans continue with OTAs next week at the Houston Methodist Training Center.