2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Houston Texans draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Houston Texans Draft Analysis
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Houston Texans Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (3) CB Derek Stingley Jr., LSU
1 (15) OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
2 (37) S Jalen Pitre, Baylor
2 (44) WR John Metchie, Alabama
3 (75) LB Christian Harris, Alabama
4 (107) RB Deameon Pierce, Florida
5 (150) DT Thomas Booker, Stanford
5 (170) TE Teagan Quitoriano, Oregon State
6 (205) OT Austin Deculus, LSU
6 (207) C Doug Kramer, Illinois
Houston Texans Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– Houston kept going with great player after great player. Derek Stingley Jr. at the 3? There were rumors that teams were falling in deep, deep love with the LSU corner, but that’s a commitment for a team that needed offensive line helped and passed on the star tackles.
– The Texans passed on star pass rushers, too, with Stingley at the 3. It’s all fine. The team needed to upgrade the talent everywhere, and it did just that even with a few late picks that might actually work.
– Two very, very notable parts of this – actually three. Lovie Smith needs star DBs to do what he wants, and he got a great safety in Jalen Pitre to go along with Stingley. However, he didn’t get his pass rusher.
All that, and … no quarterback. There were several shots at taking a good value chance on a quarterback in the mid-rounds, and nope. Davis Mills might really be the guy – and that should be the right call.
Houston Texans Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 3 (75) LB Christian Harris, Alabama
Biggest Reach: 1 (15) OG Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Late Flier That Might Work: 6 (207) C Doug Kramer, Illinois
Houston Texans Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– The Texans have a first round pick? The franchise mortgaged the future, and it paid off with a whole slew of bad seasons. Lovie Smith and the staff get to work on Houston’s first 1st round selections since 2019 – Tytus Howard – and just the second Day One pick since taking Deshaun Watson in 2017. Needless to say, it’s been a rough NFL Draft run for a while without the great picks, but …
– With two of the first 13 picks – getting the 13 and first rounders in 2023 and 2024 from Cleveland for Watson – it’s time to find the franchise guys to build around.
– The Texans need the best players available, but they mostly need to work on the defensive side. Free agency helped a bit with the skill spots, and they got a TON of linebackers and defensive backs, but they need more talent, so …
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Houston? Georgia DE Travon Walker or Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux will be there at the 3, but going after the top offensive tackle on the board would work, too. Again, it’s the 3 – take the star no matter what the position.
The 13 is also about upgrading the value, and that might be for the secondary. If one of the top cornerbacks isn’t around, Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton might slide. Wide receiver could also be interesting to give Davis Mills a true No. 1 target.
Houston Texans 2021 Draft Picks
3 (67) QB Davis Mills, Stanford
3 (89) WR Nico Collins, Michigan
5 (147) TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
5 (170) LB Garret Wallow, TCU
6 (195) DT Roy Lopez, Arizona
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