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Texans Land Two Franchise Cornerstones in CBS' Latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Devon Platana
The Houston Texans have landed two franchise cornerstone pieces in CBS' latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
The Houston Texans have landed two franchise cornerstone pieces in CBS' latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Life has been hard for the Houston Texans in recent seasons. After back-to-back AFC South titles in 2018 and 2019, the Texans have missed the place in two straight years, amassing a total of just eight wins in that stretch.

The good news is that help is on the way in the form of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Texans have two picks in the top 13 of Round 1 and if things go the way that CBS' latest 2022 NFL Mock Draft projects, Houston will find a pair of franchise cornerstones with those selections.

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CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson has the Texans selecting Alabama offensive lineman Evan Neal at No. 3 before drafting USC wide receiver Drake London with the 13th overall pick.

The 6-foot-7 lineman has been going back and forth with NC State's Ikem Ekwonu as the best OL prospect in the draft. Neal has played both tackle positions over the past two seasons, surrendering just 24 pressures over that stretch. He also gave up on five sacks over the 40 total games he played with the Crimson Tide, highlighting the protection he can bring for years to come.

Meanwhile, London is seen as arguably the best wideout in the draft. The 20-year-old WR suffered a season-ending ankle injury last fall, but still managed to finish with 88 receptions for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns in only eight games while still receiving Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year honors.

It's hard not to like the Texans' future if they can land Neal and London in the first round. The good news is that fans won't have to wait long to find out because the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

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