With the third-overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans basically have the entire board as their oyster in order to continue rebuilding for the future. There are still plenty of weaknesses on Houston’s current roster, making their first pick all the more crucial. How will the Texans build around whatever pieces they have as of the moment?
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Top 2022 NFL Draft First-Round Picks for the Houston Texans
Ahmad Gardner – Cincinnati (CB)
The Colts would have to trade up in the draft to get one of the more sought-after wide receivers in this year’s class. That being said, they could still pick up a relatively underrated talent in NDSU’s Christian Watson. The 22-year-old wideout is a four-time FCS champion as a member of the mighty Broncos and a two-time All-MVFC first-team selection who could refine his pass-catching skills with Matt Ryan working his typical magic of turning rookie wideouts into future stars.
Kayvon Thibodeaux – Oregon (EDGE)
Central Michigan has two elite tackles in the 2022 NFL Draft, with Bernhard Raimann being a first-round prospect and his fellow tackle Luke Goedeke expected to go in the second or third round. Goedeke is a nice insurance policy for a relatively stout Indy O-line paving lanes for Jonathan Thomas, especially with his 94.3 run-blocking grade per Pro Football Focus being one of the best marks amongst all prospects this year.
Evan Neal – Alabama (OT)
If the Texans are insistent on building around second-year quarterback Davis Mills, they’d best pick up one of the outstanding offensive linemen from this year’s class. That being said, Bama’s very own Evan Neal could be the very first O-linemen drafted by Houston, who’s in dire need of pass protection as well. At 6-foot-8 and nearly 350 pounds, Neal has the size and quickness that’s hard to find in the NFL. The 21-year-old behemoth has only allowed a total of 24 QB pressures over his last two amazing seasons for the Tide.
Updated Houston Texans 2022 NFL Futures Odds
As of this writing, the Texans are distant +10,000 longshots to win Super Bowl 57. They share the second-worst odds to win SB LVII in the league alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets. Houston’s regular-season win total is currently set at (4.5) wins over/under.
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