The Houston Texans were so far down last season that finishing 4-13 last season was seen as an over-achievement. Rookie QB Davis Mills showed some potential once he was named the starter during the regular season. Fortunately, the Texans received a boat load of draft picks after trading QB Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns.
The Texans received back first round picks for 2022, 2023, and 2024 which means that the Texans will have two first picks for the next three seasons. Here is a look at how they did in this year's NFL Draft.
Round 1, Pick 3: Derek Stingley, Jr. - CB - LSU (6'0", 190 lbs, 3.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble).
Stingley, Jr. is a tough corner who has been dealing with injuries over the past couple of years. The Texans are banking on that he stays healthy because his only full season was two years ago when he had six picks and 15 pass break-ups. That type of production shows that he could become a lockdown corner if he remains healthy.
Round 1, Pick 15: Kenyon Green - G - Texas A&M (6'4", 323 lbs).
Green started at guard and at tackle for the Aggies last season. The versatility will help him out in the NFL because he will have to adapt right away to the pro game. He should start from Day 1 for the Texans at guard.
Round 2, Pick 5: Jalen Pitre - DB - Baylor (5'11", 198 lbs, 76 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 2 INT, 7 pass break-ups).
Pitre made plays all over the field for Baylor last season. He should see some time on the field at strong safety.
Round 2, Pick 12: John Metchie III - WR - Alabama (5'11", 187 lbs, 96 rec, 1,142 yds, 8 TD).
Metchie III would have been drafted in the first round if he did not tear his ACL in the SEC Championship Game last season. However, the Texans are in rebuilding mode and have the time to wait on Metchie III to make plays in 2023.
Round 3, Pick 11: Christian Harris - LB - Alabama (6'0 1/2", 226 lbs, 79 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 3 pass break-ups, 2 INT).
Harris has the ability to make plays all over the field. He should see some time on passing downs.
Round 4, Pick 2: Dameon Pierce - RB - Florida (5'10", 218 lbs, 574 rushing yds, 13 TD, 216 rec yds, 3 TD).
Pierce should see some snaps as a third-down back.
Round 5, Pick 7: Thomas Booker - DT - Stanford (6'3", 301 lbs, 59 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks).
Booker is a good addition to the defensive tackle rotation.
Round 5, Pick 27: Teagan Quitoriano - TE - Oregon State (6'5 1/2", 258 lbs, 214 rec yds, 3 TD).
Quitoriano could possibly see some time in the TE rotation in the red zone where his height will be an advantage.
Round 6, Pick 27: Austin Deculus - OL - LSU (6'5", 321 lbs).
Deculus started for three seasons at right tackle. He adds depth to the offensive line.
Since the Texans are still rebuilding, they drafted right by selecting 6 SEC players. The defense needed some more play-makers, so picking Stingley, Jr., Pitre, and Harris will help. Grade: C+.