ONE WEEK! That’s all we have left until the NFL draft! There is a lot of uncertainty at the top of the draft, however, the Houston Texans will not be involved with it this year.
Last year, the Houston Texans had a fairly successful draft. The team traded up and appeared to net their franchise quarterback. The team doesn’t appear to be set to get a franchise player in this draft. However, there are definitely some players that can come in, contribute and develop into solid starters.
The Houston Texans have holes to fill in the draft, unfortunately, they won’t get a shot to do so until the 3rd round. Even still, the first two rounds will be must-watch TV. There are, conceivably, SIX quarterbacks that could go round one. There are several position players that are better prospects. However, because of the differences in value, they’ll likely fall down the draft board.
The Texans have eight picks in total. This includes three selections in the third round: 68th, 80th (from Seattle), and 98th (compensatory). They have one pick in the fourth round, this is followed by three round six picks, 177th, 211th, and 214th (the last two being compensatory. The Houston Texans will round out their day with the 222nd pick in the 7th round.
For the sake of this mock draft, we won’t be looking at any potential trades. However, be on the lookout in the next week for more on trades!
Since the Texans don’t get to participate in the first two rounds, here are some fun predictions for the first round.
Prediction number one, there will be FOUR quarterbacks drafted in the first FIVE picks. I’m convinced there will be at least one more trade, if not two for a quarterback. With so many teams needing QBs and this draft having a lot of them it’s bound to happen.
We won’t see a wide receiver drafted until we get after pick 20. This wide receiver class just fails to impress.
An offensive guard, Quenton Nelson, will be the highest non-quarterback drafted. Nelson is a beast with a mean streak at a position the NFL is starting to value more. In this vein of thought, there will be more or equal guards drafted in round one than tackles.
Enough of that, let’s get to the Texans!
*Any stats and grades will come from the draft guide from Pro Football Focus unless otherwise stated.*