What should the Houston Texans make of the No. 3 pick in this year’s NFL draft. Houston Texans Blog

HOUSTON — The Houston Chronicle reports that the Houston Star has been featured for the first time since 2019. Houston TexansHave a first-round selection in the NFL draft. Actually, they have two (No. In fact, they have two (No. 13), after trading quarterback Deshaun WatsonTo the, who was a former first-round selection himself. Cleveland Browns last month.

Nick Caserio, general manager, is currently rebuilding the roster and has the draft capital. The Texans have 11 picks in this year’s draft, including five in the top 80. Caserio only took one player from the first 80 picks last year.

What can the Texans do to the No. Next week's pick:

Get a tackle

After watching the quarterback Davis Mills take hit after hit last season, the Texans know they need to better protect the second-year quarterback if he’s going to have any chance of proving himself to be the franchise’s long-term answer under center.

Houston began by not trading left tackle Laremy TunsilConverting his base salary into a signing bonus will tie him to the company for the two remaining years of his contract. The next step is to find another tackle who can play on the opposing side of Tunsil.

If he’s still on the board, offensive tackle Evan Neal(Alabama), would make a lot more sense at No. 3. ESPN analytics predicts that Neal will still be on the board after the second two picks.

What the Texans tackle at tackle will directly relate to their view of lineman Tytus Howard. The Texans have moved the 2019 first-round pick around on the offensive line since he was drafted, with Caserio praising Howard’s versatility.

Howard began the last 10 games of the 2018 season as left guard under the guidance of James Campen, the offensive line coach. He then moved to left tackle for the final three games due to injuries on the offensive sideline. Howard was a left guard in 11 of the 15 games Howard played, while he was a left tackle in four.

Last month, Caserio said the team is still working to figure out Howard’s spot for 2022. The Texans have not yet picked up Howard’s fifth-year option. Both No. 3 and No. 4 will have plenty of tackles. There will be plenty of tackles available at No. 13 or No.

Houston may move in a completely different direction if Neal leaves, or Houston moves in a different way at No. Caserio might take offensive tackle Charles Cross(Mississippi State), at No. 13. ESPN’s Todd McShay said Cross “might be the best pure pass-protector in the entire class.”

Address defense

His latest mock draftMcShay's Texans take on Oregon defensive end with Mel Kiper Jr. Kayvon ThibodeauxNo. 3, saying that “Thibodeaux has an incredibly fast first step off the edge.”

Houston has many defensive needs, but the most important position is the one that can rush the quarterback effectively. The Texans had just 32 sacks last season, which ranked 28th in the NFL, and clearly didn’t replace former face of the franchise J.J. Watt‘s production.

The Texans also require secondary safety after the accident. Justin ReidLeft in free agency. Houston could be granted safety Kyle HamiltonMcShay, who has been ranked No. 11 to the Washington Commanders. Hamilton might be Caserio’s pick if he trades down from No. 3.

Ask a QB

Despite everything else the Texans did this offseason — signing wide receivers Brandin CooksTunsil to be kept, and the signing of quarterback Kyle Allen as a backup — points to them giving Mills the chance to start in 2022, Caserio hasn’t publicly ruled out drafting a quarterback.

After trading Watson, Caserio said while Mills “certainly earned an opportunity” in Houston, he never wants to eliminate any position or player going into a draft.

Still, it seems unlikely, given the number of holes on the Texans' roster, that they would take a quarterback who doesn’t project to be an elite franchise signal-caller.

Take Malik Willis (Liberty), Kenny Pickett(Pittsburgh). Matt Corral(Ole Miss), with their first choice would be a surprise.

Trade down

Caserio has hinted several times that he’s open to trading down from No. 3.

Because there is not a strong quarterback class in this year’s draft, there might not be the same appetite for the No. There was no No. 3 pick last year when the draft was held. San Francisco 49ersUp to 12 transactions sent the Miami DolphinsThe No. 12 pick in 2021, and a first and third-round selection in 2022. Trey Lance.

The Philadelphia Eagles New Orleans SaintsBoth teams have several first-round draft picks and could be interested in moving up. New Orleans is more likely than other cities to trade up for a long-term solution.

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