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Houston Texans Draft: Build Depth and Culture

The Houston Texans finished their 2022 NFL draft with nine overall selections. Head Coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Nick Caserio made it clear that they were going to improve their roster and continue to create a much-needed fresh culture around the franchise. Overall, Texans management, coaches, and scouts still have a lot of work to do to bring the Texans to playoff form, but this year’s draft was a step in the right direction for the Houston Texans.

On Day one, the Texans possessed the number three and 13th overall picks. With the 3rd pick they selected a lockdown cornerback that when healthy can become a cornerstone for the Texans’ defense. Derek Stingley Jr from LSU can immediately improve the already thin Houston secondary.

Nick Caserio then decided to trade down to the 15th overall pick and select the versatile lineman from Texas A&M. Kenyon Green is a hometown player in Texas who can help the development of their quarterback and running game.

Day two began with Caserio improving the Texans’ defense once again with Jalen Pitre, a safety from Baylor. Pitre has played over 600 snaps in college football so the experience that he possesses can help improve Houston’s secondary.

The selection of wide receiver John Metchie III from Alabama shows that the Texans are still looking for a young wide receiver to take over the number two role in the offense. They have already locked up veteran Brandin Cooks for another season so this pick will help create more competition in the Wide Receiver room.

Lastly, Houston finished Day two with the Linebacker from Alabama Christian Harris. Harris is another versatile player that will be able fit into Lovie Smith’s defensive scheme right away.

The final day of the draft saw the Texans select

, the running back from Florida, an offensive and defensive tackle, and a tight end to help the depth to their roster.

All in all, the Houston Texans continued to add depth in much needed positions on the roster. With the current makeup of Houston’s roster, many of the 2022 draft picks will get plenty of first team opportunities to make an impact on the team.

The Texans have finished with four wins in each of the past two seasons. A franchise with an all-time record that is under .500 will look to be much improved in the 2022-23 season. They have a young core now that is willing to take ownership of the culture in the locker room. Nick Caserio and Love Smith did a great job at this year’s NFL draft in building this team the right way.