Houston Texans Draft Next Franchise QB, Fortify DL in Latest NFL Mock

Houston Texans Draft Next Franchise QB, Fortify DL in Latest NFL Mock

With their season officially over, the Houston Texans must now turn their attention to the offseason and perhaps most importantly, the 2023 NFL Draft.

Despite losing the choice no. 1 overall after a 32-31 win over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18, the Texans still have two first-round picks due to their trade of former Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns.

There are a lot of holes on the Texans’ roster, and in the latest CBS Sports mock draft, they’ve addressed two of those holes. First, however, they secure their next franchise quarterback.

No. 2 – Bryce Young – QB (Alabama)

Houston finds a leader for its program in Young. Young is a diminutive whistleblower that has the ever-important “it” factor. He wanted Alabama to win even when it wasn’t up to par.

Between now and April, the debate over which quarterback is taken first will continue. Acquiring Young, however, could drastically change the Texas offense in a short amount of time.

Young won a national championship at Alabama in 2020 and the Heisman Trophy in 2021, finishing his career throwing for 8,356 yards with 80 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions over three seasons.

With their pick from the Browns, the Texans go to the other side of the ball and secure a top linebacker.

No. 12 – Bryan Bresee – DL (Clemson)

Bresee was the No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school. He has been through significant adversity in his life, but those moments are there to overcome and grow. When looking for a player who has natural talent to feed into the middle of the first round, Bresee is on the short list.

Bresee didn’t fill the stat sheet with video game numbers, recording just 15 total tackles in 2022, but of those 15, 5.5 were tackles for loss and 3.5 were sacks. However, for a Texans defense that gave up 379.5 yards of total offense per game, they need help along the line.

Of course, mock drafts are just that, mock drafts and can change between January and April. However, with two first-round picks, the Texans could very well come out of the draft with a much brighter future in the city of Houston.

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