The final time your Houston Texans had the #1 choose in the NFL Draft, they chose phenom defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney. With goals of prime Clowney and J.J. Watt wrecking opposing offenses for the subsequent decade dancing in our heads, the turf seams at NRG bit Clowney’s knee, leading to micro-fracture surgical procedure and goals turned to nightmares.
Fast ahead to 2021 and Clowney performs for the Cleveland Browns, J.J. Watt is a member of the Arizona Cardinals and a third spherical rookie quarterback is the speak of the city on a Houston roster nearly solely devoid of expertise.
However, if Nick Caserio performs his playing cards proper, Houston has a shot at the coveted #1 general choose in 2022. Unfortunately, as the staff appears to be overachieving, that shot is fading away.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
Average draft place: 2.7
FPI likelihood to earn No. 1 choose: 42.5%
FPI likelihood to earn high-5 choose: 89.5%
2. Detroit Lions (0-5)
Average draft place: 4.1
FPI likelihood to earn No. 1 choose: 19.0%
FPI likelihood to earn high-5 choose: 76.3%
3. New York Jets (1-4)
Average draft place: 4.3
FPI likelihood to earn No. 1 choose: 15.8%
FPI likelihood to earn high-5 choose: 74.0%
4. Houston Texans (1-4)
Average draft place: 4.9
FPI likelihood to earn No. 1 choose: 12.8%
FPI likelihood to earn high-5 choose: 69.3%
5. New York Giants (1-4)
Average draft place: 7.5
FPI likelihood to earn No. 1 choose: 3.3%
FPI likelihood to earn high-5 choose: 40.9%
IF – massive IF – the Texans can handle to not win one other recreation, they solely want Jacksonville and Detroit to win 2 apiece and Houston simply would possibly nonetheless safe the #1 choose. However, Houston has to play Jacksonville as soon as extra, which implies Houston might by accident win one other recreation, successfully shutting the door on the #1 choose.
Detroit, who held the lead on the Minnesota Vikings final week for all of 37-ish seconds, appears far nearer to their first win than the Glitter Kitties. One can solely lament what Trevor Lawrence might have completed on an actual staff…
CBSSports has the Texans falling all the option to the eighth choose of their newest mock draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Round 1 – Pick 1
Kayvon Thibodeaux DE
OREGON • SOPH • 6’5” / 258 LBS
Thankfully, the Jags have their franchise quarterback and with the No. 1 general choose they go along with certainly one of the most secure picks on this class.
Detroit Lions – Round 1 – Pick 2
DeMarvin Leal DL
TEXAS A&M • JR • 6’4” / 290 LBS
Originally a defensive finish, Leal, at 6-foot-4, 290, has the versatility and athleticism to play up and down the line. He has the potential to be actually, actually good in the NFL, and he and the Aggies are coming off an enormous win over beforehand unbeaten Alabama.
New York Jets – Round 1 – Pick 3
Evan Neal OL
ALABAMA • JR • 6’7” / 350 LBS
Neal is a an athletic marvel who has excelled at a number of O-line positions for the Crimson Tide. The Jets need to make defending Zach Wilson a precedence as a result of he has appeared shell-shocked in his first month as an NFL QB.
Philadelphia Eagles – Round 1 – Pick 4
Kyle Hamilton S
NOTRE DAME • JR • 6’4” / 219 LBS
Marcus Epps is the solely Eagles free security below contract after this season and Hamilton, who’s a 6-4, 220-pound model of Ed Reed, is a Day 1 influence participant.
Atlanta Falcons – Round 1 – Pick 5
Aidan Hutchinson DE
MICHIGAN • SR • 6’6” / 265 LBS
The Falcons might go cornerback right here, too, however go rusher is a giant want as nicely. Hutchinson could be nearly unstoppable at occasions, and he’d be the newest Wolverines edge rusher to be an early-spherical draft choose.
New England Patriots – Round 1 – Pick 6
Derek Stingley Jr. CB
LSU • JR • 6’1” / 195 LBS
The Patriots have moved on from Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson, their greatest cornerback, is in the final 12 months of his rookie deal. Stingley, who’s sidelined with an damage, stays CB1.
Indianapolis Colts – Round 1 – Pick 7
Andrew Booth Jr. CB
CLEMSON • JR • 6’0” / 200 LBS
The Colts might stand to bolster the offensive line right here however Evan Neal is the solely clear-minimize high 10 choose and he’s off the board. Cornerback can be a necessity and Booth, who has all the athleticism and instruments to be particular, has balled out early in Clemson’s season.
Houston Texans – Round 1 – Pick 8
Matt Corral QB
OLE MISS • JR • 6’2” / 205 LBS
Tyrod Taylor is the bridge QB to whomever is subsequent, and whereas rookie Davis Mills might ultimately develop into the job, Corral has been spectacular this season for Ole Miss — he has the instruments to be a Lamar Jackson/Trey Lance/Josh Allen-type quarterback however he’s nonetheless extremely uncooked.
Pro Football Network has Houston going EDGE with the #4 choose in the draft.
4) Houston Texans: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
Unlike their offense with out Tyrod Taylor, this 2022 NFL Mock Draft has labored out fairly nicely for the Texans. Their quarterback points are prone to see them strike for a sign-caller subsequent spring. However, touchdown Kayvon Thibodeaux — who many think about the greatest general participant in the class — with their fourth general choice is to not be frowned at.
The Oregon go rusher is a scrumptious mixture of athleticism, power, play velocity, and soccer intelligence. There aren’t many — if any — who’re equally able to getting after the quarterback and being efficient towards the run. While Whitney Mercilus has been a longtime Texans stalwart, they release $13.5 million in common wage and improve at the defensive finish place with their collection of Thibodeaux.
And, NBCSports has the choose that appears almost definitely from this chair, Liberty University’s Malik Willis with the seventh general choose.
7. Texans: Malik Willis, QB, Liberty
Despite a loss on the street to a mean ACC opponent ( three level loss to Syracuse), Willis’ inventory continues to rise incrementally every week. His efficiency towards Syracuse was stellar (73.6 completion share / three landing passes) and after 5 video games he has but to throw an interception. Willis is a risk working the ball, too, as his 418 dashing yards and 6 touchdowns totes exhibit. Houston can successfully start its rebuild with an ascending expertise and chief of Willis’ caliber.
All issues stated, even when Houston doesn’t safe the primary general choose, there’s nonetheless a lot to look forward to subsequent April, now that Houston has their draft picks.