Amazingly, the Texans defeated the AFC South division leading Titans in Tennessee, indicating the players haven't given up on themselves or the organization. Despite the impressive road win, chances are Houston will still be making a top five selection in April's draft. It's likely the Texans trade beleaguered, outcast quarterback, Deshaun Watson in the off-season to acquire additional draft picks; while drafting a signal caller with their first round option. Quarterbacks are generally the face of a football organization and Corral plays in the southern region of the country ( Ole Miss Rebels ) which may excite a frustrated fan base.
Houston has no true starting quarterback, and picking one here would be a colossal reach. Neal is a great place to start. At 6-7, 350-plus pounds, he's a Day 1 starter and a lock to protect whomever the Texans seek out as their next signal-caller.
The Texans roster is depleted and is in the midst of a rebuild. With this pick, the Texans select defensive lineman DeMarvin Leal. Leal possesses a rare combination of size and athleticism that allows him to play both on the interior defensive line and as an edge rusher, similar to the versatility that J.J. Watt displayed during his time as a Texan.
No one in college football has played better at their respective position in 2021 than Hutchinson. Offenses have had to hone in on stopping Hutchinson each week, chipping, doubling and committing penalties while trying to block him in one-on-one situations. Hutchinson has earned an FBS-leading 93.1 PFF grade and 25.2% pass-rush win rate through Week 12. He is also doing this after suffering a season-ending fracture in his leg during the COVID-shortened 2020 season. With his power, get off and advanced rush ability, Hutchinson has been virtually unblockable this season.
With nine picks in this draft, general manager Nick Caserio will have an opportunity to imprint his own identity on a roster that has been stripped down to the studs since he took over in January. Deshaun Watson still wants out, which means quarterback is a big need, but the Texans must continue to add talent to the entire roster. Their talent on the edge is scarce, particularly after releasing veteran Whitney Mercilus and trading away Charles Omenihu. Hutchinson (nine sacks, two forced fumbles) would be an upgrade at a premium position and instantly become their best pass-rusher.