LSU’s Deculus going back home after being drafted in sixth round by Texans

The Houston Texans selected former LSU offensive tackle Austin Deculus in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

   Deculus played at Cy-Fair High in Houston, Texas, went 27th in the round and No. 205 in the seven-round draft Saturday.

   The fifth-year senior was the second former LSU player taken by the Texans in this year’s draft, along with cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., who No. 3 overall Thursday night.

   He also was the second offensive lineman picked by the Texans, along with guard Kenyon Green, who went No. 15 in the first round.

   Deculus was a four-year starter at right tackle for the Tigers, appearing in more games – 61 – than any player in school history.

   The powerful run blocker started 46 of his 61 games while taking advantage of a super-senior extra year of eligibility in 2021 due to COVID-19.

   That includes all 12 games in which he played last season, when Deculus did not miss a snap in SEC play, and all 15 games during LSU’s 15-0 national championship season in 2019.

   The 46 starts came over his last 49 games at LSU.

   Deculus played mostly on special teams as a true freshman in 2017 but started at right tackle in the last 11 games of LSU’s 2018 season.

   He graduated in December 2020 with a degree in sports administration and was invited to play in the 2022 East West Shrine Bowl.

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