2023 NFL Mock Draft

Selection Comment - Pick #1

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C.J. Stroud

Ohio State


The Drafttek power ranking group continues to place the Texans at the top of the 2023 Draft selection order. A finish anywhere in the top-5 will place GM Nick Caserio in a quandary, particularly if second-year QB Davis Mills continues to show improvement in the 2022 season, as we expect. The scenario? Mills continues to play well and put up solid statistics, but due to a lack of offensive weapons (and the strength of AFC opponents), the Texans simply cannot muster enough wins to get out of the NFL's basement. So, does Caserio stick with Mills? Or move onto a college prospect like C.J. Stroud or Bryce Young, high-ceiling players who presumably can take the Texans further.

Mills is enjoying a great camp! Don't believe me, how about LT Laremy Tunsil? As the Texans analyst here at Drafttek, I'm paying close attention to the Texans practices on a daily basis. I'm calling it now; the Houston Texans WILL NOT be picking first overall in 2023! Not only is QB Davis Mills better than advertised in his rookie season, but he has looked fantastic in training camp thus far! On a recent camp date Mills finished the practice going 15 of 19 with pads on, only letting the ball hit the ground 4 times. He was throwing passes to all 3 levels and went 4-5 during 7-on-7's in the red zone!

Davis Mills is not the only Player having a great training camp! Nico Collins is a certified problem and is giving every DB fits, while TE Brevin Jordan continues to look like he will be a difference maker for the Texans this year. Caserio has put together a nice young roster here in Houston, and with a handful of extra 1st round picks in his back pocket to boot. But until the Texans start playing (and winning) games, Mills seat may be hotter than he deserves.

- Cody Lachney, Texans Analyst

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