The Texans have 10 alternatives, together with two first-round picks, within the 2022 NFL Draft set to start Thursday night.
HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have a first-round draft choose for the primary time since 2019, and because of the Deshaun Watson commerce, they’ve two alternatives within the opening spherical.
The Texans have the third general choose within the draft, which begins Thursday, due to final year’s 4-13 end, and acquired the thirteenth spot from Cleveland as certainly one of three first-round picks they acquired as a part of the deal for Watson.
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They didn’t have a first-rounder within the final two drafts after sending these alternatives to Miami within the 2019 commerce that introduced left sort out Laremy Tunsil to Houston. This would be the second time in franchise historical past and the primary since 2004 they’ve had two first-round picks.
Houston might use a quarterback since delivery Watson to the Browns after he sat out all final season following a commerce request and lawsuits by 22 ladies alleging sexual assault or harassment. But the quarterback group on this year’s draft isn’t thought of elite, and the Texans will seemingly try to fill one of many many different holes on the crew.
“It’s not necessarily about specific players, it’s just about finding the right fit for what we’re trying to do,” basic supervisor Nick Caserio stated.
Caserio and the Texans moved into full rebuilding mode final season with Watson sitting out, and so they traded or launched their few remaining stars. Coach David Culley was fired only one season after being employed to exchange Bill O’Brien, and Houston promoted defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to go coach in January.
Caserio is aware of it is going to be an enormous process to return the Texans to respectability and cautioned that even a excessive draft choose gained’t be a magic tablet to repair this franchise.
“No one player, no one thing is going to change this organization and it’s not going to happen overnight,” he stated. “There’s a lot of work, and purposeful work, that’s going to go into it, but I think we’re headed in the right direction.”
Will the Houston Texans make a commerce within the NFL Draft?
With two first-round picks and 11 picks general, Caserio was requested in regards to the Texans making a commerce in the course of the draft. Caserio, a longtime government with the Patriots earlier than coming to Houston final January, stated they’d be open to it.
“We’ll look at everything,” he stated. “It goes back to what are you moving away from and what would you get in return?”
Houston Texans NFL Draft wants
Because this draft is not thought of an excellent one for QBs, and Houston appears content material with Davis Mills for a minimum of yet another season, the Texans might look to beef up their protection with their first choose.
Smith would most likely be completely satisfied if one of many prime picks go towards enhancing the cross rush. Houston had simply 32 within the first year with out celebrity rusher J.J. Watt.
A participant they might goal with the third choose is Oregon defensive finish Kayvon Thibodeaux. The 6-foot-5, 258-pound Thibodeaux had 19 sacks in a three-year career with the Ducks.
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If Houston decides to go along with offense, Alabama OT/G Evan Neal or North Carolina State T Ikem Ekwonu might be a part of Tunsil and assist enhance a line that allowed 44 sacks final season.
“When you get into the draft, you actually don’t wish to essentially remove any position or explicit participant,” Caserio said. “You just want to look at it… and just figure out what makes the most sense for the organization. It’s about picking good players, it’s about picking the right players that you think fit what you’re trying to do.”
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Houston Texans Draft historical past
The third general choose is Houston’s earliest selection since deciding on defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney first within the 2014 draft.
The Texans have had the third choose only one different time and made certainly one of their finest draft strikes with that choice: Andre Johnson with the second first-round choose in franchise historical past in 2003.
Johnson spent 12 years with the Texans, piling up seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons and main the NFL in yards receiving in 2008 and 2009. He is the crew’s all-time receiving chief with 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 TDs.
What picks do the Houston Texans have in 2022?
Here are the Houston Texans draft picks heading into the 2022 NFL Draft as of April 26. The Texans acquired a second first-round choice as a part of the commerce of quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns in March.
Last year, the Texans solely had 5 alternatives with the primary one not coming till the third spherical after they picked quarterback Davis Mills.
- 107 (From Cleveland Through Detroit)
- 205 (From Green Bay)
- 207 (From San Francisco by New York Jets)
Who will the Texans choose within the 2022 NFL Draft?
With the loads of must fill because the crew continues to rebuild beneath Year 2 of the Nick Caserio regime, there are many instructions the Texans might go along with their two first-round alternatives.
Caserio might even make extra strikes by packaging a few of his picks collectively or gathering extra by transferring again.
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Here are the alternatives the Locked On Texans Podcast has made for the Texans of their mock draft.
Pick No. 3 general – Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
Locked On Texans’ John Hickman: “Gardner has the ability to completely take opposing WR out of the game plan and his game can easily translate to the pros. From day one, Gardner will Houston CB1 heading into the season.”
Pick No. 13 general – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Locked On Texans’ Coty Davis: “The Houston Texans are all in on Davis Mills as their starting quarterback. The best way for the Texans to put Mill in the best position is to improve the wide receiver corps. Olave is one of the most promising wideouts entering the draft. His addition would give Mills more weapons to utilize next season, especially given that the team was able to keep Brandin Cooks.”
The Associated Press agrees with Locked On Texans on the No. 3 choice, however thinks the Texans will beef up their OL with choose No. 13:
Pick No. 3 general – Ahmad Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
The Texans elevated Lovie Smith to go coach and Lovie loves defensive studs. For the primary time in 30 years, the highest three are from that facet of the ball.
Pick No. 13 general – Charles Cross, T, Mississippi State
Part of the Deshaun Watson deal. Houston addressed the D-line and now goes to the opposite facet.