2023 NFL Team Draft Page

Houston Texans



HOUSTON TEXANS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: March 15

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
QB
WR
TE
EDGE

Starter Need Medium (P3)
WRS
OG
NT
OLB
CBN

Mid Round Fill High (P5)
RB
ILB

Depth Fill (P4)
OT
OC
DL3T
DL5T
SFTY

Late Round Fill (P6)
CB

Minimal Need (P9)


TEXANS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: 2023 Draft Day 3
Most recent mock draft update: 4/28/23

R1
2
Houston
C.J. Stroud
Ohio State
QB
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
214
C.J. Stroud NFL Draft photo
The Houston Texans did the right thing, they drafted CJ Stroud with the 2nd overall pick!

Rumors circulated that the team would prioritize defense, but owner Cal McNair reportedly intervened at the last minute to secure a franchise quarterback.



For the Texans, Stroud represents hope for the future. The team has been searching for a quarterback to build around since the departure of Deshaun Watson. While there are certainly risks involved in drafting a young quarterback, Stroud's incredible touch, timing, and accuracy on downfield throws is a thing of beauty!

Of course, the success of Stroud and the Texans will depend on a variety of factors. The team will need to provide him with a strong supporting cast, and Stroud will need to continue to develop and adjust to the speed of the NFL game. However, the selection of Stroud is a step in the right direction for a team that has been in desperate need of building blocks.

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst
R1
3
Houston (Trade)
Will Anderson Jr.
Alabama
EDGE
Reach/Value:
2
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
253
Will Anderson Jr. NFL Draft photo
HOU g ARI (Draft Trade)
The Houston Texans have shocked the NFL world by trading with the Arizona Cardinals for the 3rd overall pick to draft Will Anderson!



Anderson, who played at the University of Alabama, was a disruptive force on the EDGE for the Crimson Tide. Anderson recorded an impressive 34.5 career sacks and 62 career tackles for loss. Will was one of the most feared defenders in all of CFB throughout past two seasons!

Anderson possesses a rare combination of speed, strength, and technique that make him a difficult player for opposing offenses to handle. The Texans are confident that Anderson can continue to develop his technique and become a dominant player in the league. Anderson's college production and potential make him a worthwhile investment for the Texans. If he can translate his success at the college level to the NFL, he has the potential to be one of the best defensive players in the league for years to come!

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst
R2
62
Houston (Trade)
Juice Scruggs
Penn State
OC
Reach/Value:
-60
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
301
Juice Scruggs NFL Draft photo
HOU g PHI (Draft Trade)
The Texans trade up to take Penn State Center Juice Scruggs. In addition to an amazing name Scruggs brings a tenacity to Center position, and will get to grow alogside rookie QB CJ Stroud. This is earlier than expected, but Scruggs stood out at the Senior Bowl and can step right into a starting role at a position of need for Houston

Grade: B
R3
69
Houston (Trade)
Nathaniel Dell
Houston
WRS
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
5'8"
Weight:
165
Nathaniel Dell NFL Draft photo
HOU g LA Rams (Draft Trade)
Nathaniel "Tank" Dell has been a highly productive WR for Houston and has consistently seen his production increase over time.

Dell finished with more than 100 receptions, 1300 yards, and 15 touchdowns in the 2022 season and projects as an explosive playmaking receiver prospect that can be used as a versatile offensive weapon. Though slight of frame at 5-8 and 165 pounds, Tank is a vertical big-play threat who also has value as a special teams returner. Dell takes the majority of his snaps from the slot, but has shown the ability to line up as an outside WR, line up in the backfield, or be in motion to have free access releases when the ball is snapped!

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst
R4
109
Houston
Dylan Horton
TCU
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-39
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
257
Dylan Horton NFL Draft photo
R5
167
Houston (Comp)
Henry To'o To'o
Alabama
ILB
Reach/Value:
75
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
228
Henry To'o To'o NFL Draft photo
R6
201
Houston (Trade)
Jarrett Patterson
Notre Dame
OG
Reach/Value:
29
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
306
Jarrett Patterson NFL Draft photo
HOU g MIN (R Blacklock)
R6
205
Houston
Xavier Hutchinson
Iowa State
WR
Reach/Value:
60
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
203
Xavier Hutchinson NFL Draft photo
R7
248
Houston
Brandon Hill
Pitt
S
Reach/Value:
47
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
193
Brandon Hill NFL Draft photo


TEXANS HISTORICAL DRAFT PICKS

Reach/Value (R/V) Explained
The difference between where a player is selected in the NFL draft versus where the player was listed on the final Drafttek Big Board for the season in question.
Example: A player who was listed at #50 on the Big Board and was selected at #35 will be a "Reach" of -15. Alternately, a player listed at #35 on the Big Board who was selected at #50 is a +15 "Value".

Simply put: a positive number is a Value pick, a negative number is a Reach.

YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2023 1 2 C.J. Stroud Ohio State QB Reach -1
2023 1 3 Will Anderson Jr. Alabama EDGE Value +2
2023 2 62 Juice Scruggs Penn State OC Reach -60
2023 3 69 Nathaniel Dell Houston WRS Reach -5
2023 4 109 Dylan Horton TCU EDGE Reach -39
2023 5 167 Henry To'o To'o Alabama ILB Value +75
2023 6 201 Jarrett Patterson Notre Dame OG Value +29
2023 6 205 Xavier Hutchinson Iowa State WR Value +60
2023 7 248 Brandon Hill Pitt S Value +47
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2022 1 3 Derek Stingley Jr. LSU CB Reach -6
2022 1 15 Kenyon Green Texas A&M OG Reach -22
2022 2 37 Jalen Pitre Baylor S Reach -9
2022 2 44 John Metchie III Alabama WRS Reach -20
2022 3 75 Christian Harris Alabama ILB Reach -13
2022 4 107 Dameon Pierce Florida RB Value +31
2022 5 150 Thomas Booker Stanford DL3T Value +1
2022 5 170 Teagan Quitoriano Oregon State TE Reach -84
2022 6 205 Austin Deculus LSU OT Reach -153
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2021 3 67 Davis Mills Stanford QB Reach -64
2021 3 89 Nico Collins Michigan WR Reach -35
2021 5 147 Brevin Jordan Miami (FL) TE Value +52
2021 5 170 Garret Wallow TCU OLB Reach -47
2021 6 195 Roy Lopez Arizona DL1T Reach -79
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2020 2 40 Ross Blacklock TCU DL3T Value +6
2020 3 90 Jonathan Greenard Florida EDGE Reach -23
2020 4 126 Charlie Heck North Carolina OT Reach -84
2020 4 141 John Reid Penn State CB Reach -74
2020 5 171 Isaiah Coulter Rhode Island WR Reach -58
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2019 1 23 Tytus Howard Alabama State OT Reach -46
2019 2 54 Lonnie Johnson Kentucky CB Value +2
2019 2 55 Max Scharping Northern Illinois OT Reach -46
2019 3 86 Kahale Warring San Diego State TE Reach -52
2019 5 161 Charles Omenihu Texas DL3T Value +66
2019 6 195 Xavier Crawford C Michigan CB Reach -62
2019 7 220 Cullen Gillaspia Texas A&M FB Reach -68
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2018 3 68 Justin Reid Stanford S Value +22
2018 3 80 Martinas Rankin Mississippi State OT Reach -20
2018 3 98 Jordan Akins Central Florida TE Reach -78
2018 4 103 Keke Coutee Texas Tech WRS Reach -33
2018 6 177 Duke Ejiofor Wake Forest EDGE Reach -45
2018 6 211 Jordan Thomas Mississippi State TE Reach -137
2018 6 214 Peter Kalambayi Stanford EDGE Reach -56
2018 7 222 Jermaine Kelly San Jose St DB Reach -107
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2017 1 12 Deshaun Watson Clemson QB Reach -14
2017 2 57 Zach Cunningham Vanderbilt OLB Value +4
2017 3 89 D'Onta Foreman Texas RBF Reach -21
2017 4 130 Julien Davenport Bucknell OT Reach -5
2017 4 142 Carlos Watkins Clemson DT Value +9
2017 5 169 Treston Decoud Oregon State CB Value +0
2017 7 243 Kyle Fuller Baylor C Value +21
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2016 1 21 William Fuller Notre Dame WR Reach -7
2016 2 50 Nick Martin Notre Dame OC Reach -18
2016 3 85 Braxton Miller Ohio St WR Value +28
2016 4 119 Tyler Ervin San Jose St RBC Reach -43
2016 5 159 K.J. Dillon West Virginia S Reach -88
2016 5 166 D.J. Reader Clemson DL3T Value +50
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2015 1 16 Kevin Johnson Wake Forest CB Reach -12
2015 2 43 Benardrick McKinney Mississippi St ILB Reach -1
2015 3 70 Jaelen Strong Arizona St WR Value +38
2015 5 175 Keith Mumphery Michigan State WR Reach -181
2015 6 211 Reshard Cliett South Florida OLB Reach -243
2015 6 216 Christian Covington Rice DL3T Value +66
2015 7 235 Kenny Hilliard LSU RB Reach -73
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2014 1 1 Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina EDGE Value +0
2014 2 33 Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA OG Value +4
2014 3 65 C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa TE Reach -39
2014 3 83 Louis Nix Notre Dame DL1T Value +60
2014 4 135 Tom Savage Pittsburgh QB Value +45
2014 6 177 Jeoffrey Pagan Alabama DL5T Value +18
2014 6 181 Alfred Blue LSU RB Reach -62
2014 6 211 Jay Prosch Auburn FB Value +6
2014 7 216 Andre Hal Vanderbilt CB Reach -71
2014 7 256 Lonnie Ballentine Memphis S Reach -56