The Houston Texans are set to enter April's 2022 NFL Draft with a total of nine draft picks. While having that many selections are certainly a positive, none are more important than the third overall pick.
There are several directions Texans could go with the second pick, but FanDuel Sportsbook'sNFL Draft odds reveal who Houston is most likely to select in April.
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There are two clear frontrunners when it comes to who the Texans will draft at No. 3: Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal (+210) and NC State OT Ikem Ekwonu (+220).
There's no telling who will be Houston's quarterback next season just yet, but it's clear that the team could use some offensive line help. The Texans gave up 44 sacks last season, which ranked ninth-most across the NFL.
Neal could certainly help in that regard after the collegiate season he just had. He's extremely mobile for a 6-foot-7, 350-pound player and is arguably the top offensive lineman in the class. He also allowed just 24 total pressures over the last two seasons, further showcasing just how great he is at protecting his quarterback.
Meanwhile, Ekwonu is a terrific offensive tackle in his own right. He allowed just three sacks on 500 pass-block attempts last season — an improvement from the seven given up on 463 tries in 2020. He also can play both tackle positions efficiently, giving the Texans some much-needed versatility.
With Deshaun Watson looking to be traded, there's also the chance that the Texans could look for a new quarterback if they don't have faith in Davis Mills. Liberty's Malik Willis (+700) is the best QB on the board this year and should be available when Houston is on the clock.
There's also the possibility that one of the draft's premier EDGE players — Aiden Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux — could fall to No. 3. Neal has the second-best odds to be taken first overall (+700) and it'd be a no-brainer for the Texans to take one of the aforementioned defenders if they're available.
Nevertheless, there's still a lot of time before the Texans make their selection. The 2022 NFL Draft is set to begin on Thursday, April 28 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.
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