The Houston Texans have been living in a world of irrelevance when it comes to the NFL Draft for the past two years. Thanks to the Laremy Tunsil deal made by Bill O’Brien and the two first-round picks, the Texans drafted only five players in each of the last two drafts and had no first-round picks in 2020 or 2021. It’s made the remodel for this team and a terribly hard experience, but times change.
Thursday night, the Texans were one of the focal points of the NFL Draft, with the 3rd overall pick and, when night came in, the 13th overall pick, thanks to the Deshaun Watson trade. In the end, the Texans went out of the first night of the draft Thursday night with a new cornerback, a new guard and an increased stock of choices for day 2 and day 3 of the draft,
Let’s summarize the events from a crazy first night to the draft ….
The Texans met LSU CB Derek Stingley, Jr. with the third overall election.
All afternoon Thursday, rumors swirled about what could happen in front of the Texans in the draft of the first and second picks, and these rumors greatly colored the Texans fans’ views on what the team SHOULD do. In the hours leading up to the draft, it was widely assumed that Michigan’s defensive end Aidan Hutchinson could be available with the third pick. In the end, it did not go that way, Hutchinson went to the Lions as number two overall, and the Texans chose to take Stingley, who was incredible as new in 2019, but only played ten games in the last two seasons. If Stingley is healthy, he has Pro Bowl potential, and I have to imagine that the Texans who draft him so high mean they are confident he will be healthy.
The Texans swapped back and drafted Texas A&M Garden Kenyon Green with the 15th overall pick.
The Texans went into Thursday night with the 13th overall election, which was Cleveland’s election acquired in the Deshaun Watson trade. Rumors swirled all day long Thursday that Nick Caserio would move up in the top ten picks in the draft, but in the end, Caserio chose to move back two spots and select Texas A&M All American guard Kenyon Green, who is from Atascosita. Green is a solid player, but the best part of this sequence was that the Texans went away with a 4th round pick and two 5th round picks from the Eagles. The Texans now have 11 picks combined from the second through sixth rounds on day 2 and day 3 of the draft. I would expect Caserio to be very active Friday night in an attempt to add yet another second or third round of the capital they have acquired. The only downside to the sequence that led to Green’s selection was that the Texans missed Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, who went to the Ravens as number 14.
Who are the best prospects for day 2 of the draft Friday night?
Here are a few names that Texans can look at with the 37th overall election, the fifth election on Day 2 tonight:
Notable players who remain available after day 1 include:
QB Malik Willis
QB Desmond Knight
LB Nakobe dean
CB Andrew Booth, Jr.
RB Breece Hall
Edge David Ojabo
WR Christian Watson
QB Matt Corral
QB Sam Howell
Tons of talent still on the board.
– Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
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