In case you’re wondering just how disastrous the Bill O’Brien tenure was for the Houston Texans, consider this. They traded three first or second-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil and offloaded DeAndre Hopkins for a 2020 second-round pick and David Johnson. Because of O’Brien’s mismanagement of resources, the Texans no longer hold the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. In fact, they don’t pick until Round 3.
That’s bad news for Houston, especially considering quarterback Deshaun Watson doesn’t appear to be happy with the franchise. Now, Watson is dealing with off-the-field concerns of his own that the NFL is reviewing via its personal conduct policy, so that’s yet another problem that the Texans are facing this year.
There is no easy path to fix the Texans right now, especially considering their dearth of overall talent. Nick Caserio and David Culley will have their work cut out for them, and they’re going to have to focus on finding some diamonds in the rough during the 2021 NFL Draft if they want to truly upgrade their team.
Here’s a look at the Texans’ picks in the 2021 NFL Draft:
Texans draft picks 2021: Who did Houston take??
- Round 3, Pick No. 67: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
- Round 3, Pick No. 89: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
- Round 5, Pick No. 147: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (FL)
- Round 5, Pick No. 170: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
- Round 6, Pick No. 195: Roy Lopez, DT, Arizona
Texans 2021 NFL Draft order
|5||14 (from Patriots)|
|6||11 (from Cowboys through Patriots)|
|6||19 (from Washington through Raiders and Miami)|
|6||28 (from Saints)|
|7||5 (from Bengals)|
Texans NFL Draft needs
- Defensive tackle: The Texans had the NFL’s worst run defense last year and clearly missed D.J. Reader. Now, they’ll be without J.J. Watt, too. They’ll have to find a quality defensive tackle in the middle rounds of the draft, or at least add a strong run-stuffer to the fold.
- Wide receiver: Houston had one of the NFL’s best receiver rooms not too long ago. Now, they are down to Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb leading the charge. The Texans have signed five WRs this offseason, but none look like true No. 1 options. They’ll have to try to find one in a loaded receiver class.
- Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves can’t be trusted in a big role on this defense. Adding Terrance Mitchell and Desmond King this offseason is a good start for the Texans, but they need a true No. 2 corner to pair with Bradley Roby long-term. Otherwise, they’ll be wasting Roby’s prime.
- Offensive line: Trading for Marcus Cannon and signing Justin Britt are good upside moves, but the Texans still need more depth. Tytus Howard has been lackluster at right tackle and if Britt can’t stay healthy, they’ll need an insurance policy at the center spot.
- Quarterback: If Deshaun Watson really doesn’t want to play for the Texans again, they’ll need to find a new young quarterback to develop behind Tyrod Taylor and compete with Ryan Finley. That will be easier said than done in the third round and beyond.
Houston Texans mock draft 2021
Here are the latest 2021 NFL Draft projections for the Texans, according to Vinnie Iyer’s seven-round mock draft:
|3||3||Hamilcar Rashed Jr.||EDGE||Oregon State|
|5||14||Chuba Hubbard||RB||Oklahoma State|
|6||11||Austin Watkins Jr.||WR||UAB|