The Houston Texans have had an extremely busy offseason. From a new head coach to a new general manager and the never-ending rumors and allegations surrounding Deshaun Watson, it’s been a hot mess. However, the 2021 NFL Draft provided a short break of panic and worry among the Texans organization.
While they were without a first and second-rounder in 2021, they held a total of five picks. The Texans brought in Tyrod Taylor as added insurance in lieu of a possible Watson suspension, and new head coach David Culley has a lot of turnover. JJ Watt also was shipped out to Arizona after requesting a trade, and the Texans roster will look vastly different in 2021, with or without their franchise quarterback.
So, how did the Texans do in the draft? Here are the grades for each of their five picks.
No. 67- QB Davis Mills, Stanford
The Watson trade talk was a pressing issue at the start of the calendar year, with some saying he could’ve been sent to the New York Jets or the Carolina Panthers. Once the allegations came out, trade talks fizzled, and each of those two teams got their guys in the past month.
Enter Davis Mills, a riser in the months leading up to the NFL Draft.
Houston lands another QB
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) May 1, 2021
Mills has a terrific arm and was labeled as a project quarterback. However, with the pure uncertainty of Watson’s status going into the season, a quarterback was an easy choice for the Texans.
Even if Watson can play in 2021, the chances of him being sent out are high. So, Mills is quite possibly the franchise quarterback for the Texans after the departure of Watson amid the turmoil.
No. 89- WR Nico Collins, Michigan
The Texans wide receiver room is already extremely crowded, so this selection was a bit of a head-scratcher. Brandin Cooks, Keke Coutee, Isaiah Coulter, and Andre Roberts are among the pass catchers on the Houston roster- although none of them, outside of Cooks, are significant names.
So, the case could be made for Collins. He’s an electric playmaker that can stretch the field like no other. If Watson does stay, he’ll surely love having a guy that he can heave it to such as Collins.
Nico Collins is a contested catch monster 😤pic.twitter.com/Q7Wh43R60m
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) May 1, 2021
Collins has a perfect chance to come in and start opposite Cooks and give Watson, Taylor, or Mills a good core of wide receivers in a young, rebuilding Texans’ squad.
No. 147- TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
The Texans’ pass-catchers are mediocre, at best. Their tight ends are also included in that group. For Jordan, who somehow, surprisingly dropped to the 5th round, this is a perfect situation. He was pegged by many as the second-best at the position behind Kyle Pitts. Well, the Texans couldn’t let him slip anymore and potentially grabbed their Week 1 starting tight end.
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Jordan is a massive upgrade over Darren Fells and Jordan Akins and should be a huge target hog, as well as a semi-decent blocker. Jordan’s fall in the draft was unprecedented, and going in the 5th round has to be one of the biggest steals in the draft.
No. 170- LB Garrett Wallow, TCU
Wallow doesn’t have to travel far for his new home after playing at TCU. He’s a physical linebacker who could start for the Texans as early as week one. He fits the mold Culley wants.
Garrett Wallow is locked and loaded pic.twitter.com/SRzfdUC9JG
— kyler murry loves zona (@CardnalsR2G) January 18, 2021
The TCU star headed to the Texans is a terrific pick and another great value for Houston at the end of the 5th round. The Texans keep finding gems falling to them without having to trade up one bit.
No. 195- DT Roy Lopez, Arizona
Lopez stole the show art Arizona’s Pro Day with his insane number of bench press reps.
It’s Arizona’s pro day today and the guys are through the first portion this morning.
One highlight so far was DT Roy Lopez hitting 36 reps on the bench press. pic.twitter.com/NK9Xus7sOt
— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) March 17, 2021
Despite his strength, he is a bit of a project. Still, he’s quick on his feet and can get to the quarterback, something Houston desperately needs after sending away franchise stalwart JJ Watt in the offseason. While Lopez is a project for some, he fills a need and his strength and athleticism alone should create problems for opposing teams.