All eyes are on the Houston Texans' rebuilding efforts after they posted a dreadful 3-13-1 record during the 2022 NFL season. There are spots all over the roster in need of an overhaul. The good news is that the front office has the draft capital and cap space needed to make immediate upgrades.
It's widely expected that the Texans will select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to kickstart the offense. Houston will have another chance to select an elite playmaker with the 12th overall pick, too. Here's a look at three of the most likely draft targets at that first-round spot.
Houston Texans 2023 NFL Draft
1. Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR (Ohio State)
There's a chance that the Texans opt to select Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick. Houston also needs help at wide receiver, especially considering Brandin Cooks may be traded during the offseason. Taking the player Stroud connected with in college may not be a bad idea. Jaxon Smith-Njigba tallied a ridiculous 1,606 yards and 9 touchdowns on 95 receptions (16.9 yards per catch) during the 2021 college football season. He missed most of 2022 with a hamstring injury, but presents as a prospect with outstanding route-running abilities and body control. The 20-year-old's ability to rack up yards after the catch should help him make a quick adjustment as an immediate starter.
2. Paris Johnson Jr., OL (Ohio State)
It'd be surprising to see the Texans enter the 2023 NFL season without at least a few changes to their offensive line. Houston was able to successfully protect the quarterback last fall, but only logged 86.8 rushing yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry (both 31st) despite Dameon Pierce's best efforts. Paris Johnson may be the most steady offensive line prospect in this draft. The Ohio State standout played in 757 offensive snaps this past season and allowed only 2.0 sacks and 9 quarterback hurries. He also thrived at getting to the second level on rushing plays and opening up holes for the running back to go through.
3. Bryan Bresee, DT (Clemson)
Shifting gears to the defensive side of the ball, the Texans allowed a whopping 170.7 rushing yards per game (No. 32 in NFL). Houston also logged just 119 quarterback pressures (No. 27 in NFL). Adding a player that can line up and wreak havoc on opposing linemen on every snap is becoming a must. Bryan Bresee shined as a defensive tackle at Clemson, posting 51 tackles (15.0 for loss), 9.0 sacks, 4 pass breakups and 1 forced fumble in 25 games played. He has long been praised for the agility and balance he showcases at a bruising size (6-foot-5, 305 pounds). Sliding him in alongside veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes would make for an exciting duo.
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