3 Most Likely Texans Draft Targets With the 2nd Overall Pick

Devon Platana
The three most likely Houston Texans' targets with the second overall pick at the 2023 NFL Draft.
The three most likely Houston Texans' targets with the second overall pick at the 2023 NFL Draft. / AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

The Houston Texans failed to deliver much success to their fans in 2022, finishing the campaign with a 3-13-1 record. The Texans have now finished with four or fewer victories in four of the last six seasons, leaving fans wondering when the light at the end of the tunnel will finally materialize.

Fortunately, help is on the way. The Texans' poor showing resulted in their landing the second overall pick at the 2023 NFL Draft, marking the second straight year where they hold a top-three selection. Unless general manager Nick Caserio completely botches the pick, Houston should be leaving the draft with a franchise-changing talent.

For now, here are the three most likely draft targets for the Texans with the second overall pick

Texans Draft Rumors

1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

With the Chicago Bears unlikely to draft a quarterback first overall, the Texans should be in the position to select the top gunslinger in the draft, Bryce Young. Davis Mills has proven to be just another guy under center, highlighting Houston's need for someone with Young's upside. The 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, Young looked fantastic over his last two seasons at Alabama, amassing 8,200 passing yards with 79 touchdowns (to 12 interceptions) over 27 games. He also isn't afraid to use his feet, which is needed for today's NFL, rushing for 185 yards and four TDs on 49 carries in 2022. Young is easily someone that the Texans can build around for years to come — especially after the Deshaun Watson debacle — making him a no-brainer at No. 2.

2. C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Or maybe the Texans aren't a fan of Young due to his being under six feet tall, pivoting them in the direction of Ohio State's C.J. Stroud. After all, Stroud has a bit more meat on his pounds, standing at 6-foot-3 and weight 215 pounds. Like Young at Alabama, Stroud put up massive numbers over his last two years at Ohio State, throwing for 8,123 passing yards and 85 touchdowns on 575 completions, mixing in only 12 INTs along the way. Furthermore, his 182.4 passing efficiency rating during his Buckeyes tenure is the best in the Big Ten since 1956. Stroud's ceiling might not be as high as Young's, but the two-time Heisman finalist still has all the tools to solve the Texans' QB problems for the next decade.

3. Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama

Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr. is often seen as the best overall player in the draft. While he might not be who Texans fans want, there's a world where he winds up in Houston if either the Bears (or another team that trades up) steal the organization's preferred QB prospect. If that's the case, Anderson is a great consolation prize. The 2022 Vince Lombardie Award winner has been a menace over the last three seasons, racking up 34.5 sacks and 59 tackles for a loss — both being SEC records since 2005. His presence would only improve a frontline that was already fairly. QB is the Texans' most glaring need, but winding up with Wilson still makes them a much better team than they were this season for years to come.

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