Texans seize first-round passing duo and edge rusher in Spherical 2 in Draft Wire mock

The Houston Texans could not have the No. 1 general decide within the 2023 NFL draft, however they’ll nonetheless give their roster a constructive route led by youth inside the first 33 picks.

According to Luke Easterling from the Draft Wire, the Texans get handed over because the Chicago Bears deal the No. 1 general decide to the Indianapolis Colts, who then use that move-up from No. 4 general to pick Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud.

In fact, the Stroud choice doesn’t harm the Texans as they’ve been linked to Alabama’s Bryce Younger because the summer season. Houston takes Younger with the No. 2 general decide.

The Texans then use their No. 12 general decide in Spherical 1 — obtained via a 2022 offseason trade with the Cleveland Browns — to pick TCU receiver Quentin Johnston.

After touchdown this yr’s prime quarterback prospect at No. 2, the Texans bounce forward of a division rival (seemingly for a mid-round decide) to land one of the best pass-catcher on this yr’s draft. As an alternative of letting the equally WR-needy Titans have a shot and Johnston (and having to face him twice a yr), the Texans give Bryce Younger an enormous goal with tons of size, athleticism and big-play skill.

With the Texans having their passing duo of the long run locked up, they then go to the second spherical to seek out one other edge rusher to both complement or change defensive finish Jonathan Greenard, a former 2020 third-rounder who’s coming into the ultimate yr of his contract.

Houston takes Kansas State edge defender Felix Anudike-Uzomah. The 6-3, 252-pounder generated 8.5 sacks, 11.0 tackles for loss, 46 mixed tackles, two pressured fumbles, and a move breakup by 14 video games for the Wildcats in 2022.

Anudike-Uzomah would be capable to assist the Texans’ protection with its move rush and edge setting, which might take down opposing offenses a notch — a useful begin for Younger and Johnston as they forge their connection.


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