Cade Stover is off the board, heading to the Houston Texans as a 4th-round pick in Saturday’s NFL Draft coverage!

A tight end out of Ohio State, Stover was the 123rd overall pick and the 23rd pick of the 4th round. He was part of what became a big-time run on TEs to kickstart Saturday’s coverage.

Across the first 3 rounds, just 3 total TEs were selected, headlined by Georgia’s Brock Bowers becoming a top-15 pick. In the 4th round alone, 6 TEs came off the board, and 4 of those players hailed from the Big Ten. Stover was joined by Penn State’s Theo Johnson, Iowa’s Erick All and Michigan’s AJ Barner as 4th-round picks.

The Texans grabbing Stover means the former Buckeye will reunite with CJ Stroud, the quarterback Stover worked with while solidifying his transition to tight end during the 2021 season. After 5 catches for 76 yards that year, he exploded with 36 catches for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2022 before finishing his career with 576 yards and 5 more touchdowns in 2023.

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The familiarity and chemistry Stover has from working with Stroud in 2021 and 2022 should serve him well as the TE makes the jump to the NFL, especially after Stroud’s electric rookie season. Stover also lands in a situation where he can learn and develop behind an entrenched veteran.

Dalton Schultz is the current TE1 in Houston after finishing 2nd on the team with 59 catches and 3rd with 635 yards and 5 touchdowns last season. Stover will not have to be a big-time playmaker from the jump, but he should be able to learn the position while working his way into the offense.