Texans Projected to Address Major Need in Mel Kiper's First 2022 NFL Mock Draft

The Houston Texans are projected to address a major need in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL mock draft.
The Houston Texans are projected to address a major need in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL mock draft. / Michael Reaves/GettyImages

It's safe to say that the 2021 NFL season was another disappointing one for the Houston Texans. They finished toward the bottom of the AFC South with a 4-13 record, yet there is reason for hope. Nailing their first-round pick in the upcoming draft would go a long way in improving the roster.

NFL analyst Mel Kiper projects the Texans to address a major need in his first 2022 mock draft. He has Houston slated as the landing spot for Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal at No. 3 overall.

Texans Mock Draft

Neal is highly regarded as the most NFL-ready lineman in this draft class. He played both guard and tackle with the Crimson Tide and has the size (6-foot-7, 350 pounds) to take on even the biggest defensive linemen. Keep in mind Neal allowed just 25 pressures across his final two college seasons.

The 21-year-old standout was also named a consensus All-American this past fall. Neal's ability to move defenders off the line of scrimmage gives him a shot to start from day one at the next level. Simply put, he has all the intangibles of a lineman that can play in the NFL for a decade or more.

This may seem like a safe pick, but Houston's offensive line has been horrible. The Texans scored the third-fewest offensive points per game in the NFL this season (15.5). They also averaged a league-worst 15.6 first downs per game and 83.9 rushing yards per game. Simply put, nothing worked.

Getting some help for young starter Davis Mills should be a top priority for the Texans this offseason. We'll see if they decide to do that through the NFL Draft when it kicks off on Thursday, April 28.

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