Some starting traditions don’t change. The Summer Olympics start with the lighting the torch. A Star Wars film has an opening crawl. 2023 NFL mock drafts show the Houston Texans taking Bryce Young no. 1 overall.
According to Doug Farrar from the Touchdown WireThe Texans are no different as they nab Alabama’s signal caller using their own selection. However, the Texans still use their No. 12 overall pick — thanks to an offseason trade with the Cleveland Browns — to take Ohio State receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba Smith.
Now that the Texans have their franchise quarterback in Young, let’s add to that with Smith-Njigba, who might slip through the first half of the first round after a 2022 season in which he missed all but three games due to injury. But if you go back to his 2021 season, when he caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards, and nine touchdowns, you’ll see a slot dominator who can also burn enemy defenses from the outside. A Texans offense that desperately needs Young and Smith-Njigba would be transformed by the addition of Young and Smith Njigba to this draft.
Smith-Njigba would join a young but talented receiving corps that includes Nico Collins and John Metchie — regardless of what happens with Brandin Cooks. The Texans would also have Dameon Pierce as a running back, who would be in the second year.