NFL Draft 2021 Review: Houston Texans

Adrian Holman

Within two years, we have watched how the organization of the Houston Texans have turned a potential Super Bowl contender into what could possibly become the worst team in the National Football League (NFL). The turmoil is so horrific is that all I can tell Texans fans is to wait until next season when the team has the #1 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

First, Houston did not resign S Tyrann Mathieu. Then, they watched him be in the next two Super Bowls. After that, the Texans conducted one of the worst trades in NFL history by sending De'Andre Hopkins to Arizona. Then, to make matters worse, they chose not to resign the greatest player in Texans history when they allowed for DE J.J. Watt to go into free agency. Watt decided to sign with Arizona.

After signing a four year, $156 million extension with the Texans last season, quarterback Deshaun Watson went on a rampage off of the field. During this past offseason, he has been accused by twenty-two different women of sexual assault. Plus, he wants to be traded since the Texans let every other good player on the team leave within the past three seasons.

David Culley was hired as the new Houston head coach this offseason. However, he has stepped into a situation that is filled with despair. Becoming a head coach in the NFL is a dream job for many, but this scenario is a nightmare.

There might be some light at the end of the tunnel, but the organization traded away almost all of their draft picks over the years. The Texans only had five picks in this year's NFL Draft. To make matters even worse, Houston would not be able to pick until the third round. Other teams forecasted correctly to stockpile picks for this draft while Houston did the direct opposite. Fortunately, for the Texans, this draft is filled with talent, so let's see who Houston picked.

Round 3, Pick 3: Davis Mills - QB - Stanford (6'4", 217 lbs). In a shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Mills passed for 1,508 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions in five games. He has the prototypical size that NFL franchises look for in a quarterback, but he will need some time to develop behind new starting QB Tyrod Taylor. However, Taylor has experienced one of the most snake-bitten careers in NFL history, so Mills will probably see some time on the field later on this season as the second-string quarterback.

Round 3, Pick 26: Nico Collins - WR - Michigan (6'4", 215 lbs). Collins opted out of the 2020 season, but had a decent 2019 campaign with 729 receiving yards and seven touchdown catches. Collins is a deep threat that can win the 50/50 balls in the air because of his height advantage over defensive backs. He should receive plenty of time in the wide receiver rotation, and he could become a potential red zone threat for the Texans.

Round 5, Pick 3: Brevin Jordan - TE - Miami (FL) (6'3", 247 lbs). Jordan dropped in this draft due to missing some games due to injury, but he still finished with 576 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in eight games last season. He should see some time as a pass-receiver TE. Watch for him in red zone situations as well.

Round 5, Pick 26: Garret Wallow - LB - TCU (6'2", 220 lbs). Wallow will compete for some time at the inside linebacker position. He is a solid tackler (90 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles) that thrives in run defense.

Round 6, Pick 11: Roy Lopez - DT - Arizona (6'2", 318 lbs). Lopez will look to find some time in the defensive tackle rotation as a run-stopper (four tackles for loss).

Grade: The Texans had to pick a QB due to the position that they were in. Hopefully, Mills will be given the chance to develop. Jordan is a steal at Round 5 because he was one of the best pass-receiving tight ends in this draft. Houston did good with what they left themselves with, but only having five picks is unconsciable. I give them a C.

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