Monday, May 16, 2022

Houston Texans Post-Draft NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2022 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Houston Texans rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 30.6 (31st)
  • Best ranking: 28 (ESPN)
  • Worst ranking: 32 (Multiple)

Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Texans in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 32

Player who benefited most from draft: QB Davis Mills

Yes, the Texans used their top draft pick on a defensive player, but they certainly upgraded around Mills on the offensive side of the ball as well. Houston's second second-round pick was guard Kenyon Green, who should slide right into the Texans' starting lineup. The Texans also added wide receiver John Metchie III on Day 2 and running back Dameon Pierce on Day 3. Houston is slowly improving an offense that ranked 30th in Football Outsiders' DVOA. Mills might not be the Texans' long-term answer at quarterback, but general manager Nick Caserio is certainly setting him up for more success in 2022. -- Sarah Barshop -- Rank: 28

Deshaun Watson is mercifully someone else's responsibility, and the draft represented the official reboot of a new era in Houston. The team laid the foundation with nine draft picks in Vegas, starting with cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. with the third overall pick. More instant starters were added next: offensive lineman Kenyon Green (No. 15 overall), defensive back Jalen Pitre (No. 37) and wide receiver John Metchie III (No. 44). Metchie will be catching passes from second-year man Davis Mills, who notably found no new competition entering the quarterback room from this draft class. Mills was a pleasant surprise as a rookie, and the Texans appear committed to giving him a real chance to cement his status as Watson's successor.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 32

They traded away Deshaun Watson, and now it's Davis Mills time. I like him as a player, but this roster isn't great around him. They did have a good, solid draft.

USA Today -- Rank: 32

Headlined by No. 3 overall pick Derek Stingley Jr., this draft class' first six picks could provide Week 1 starters for Houston, which seems to be out of dry dock as the franchise finally moves forward from the Watson controversy and former coach Bill O'Brien's egregious roster mismanagement.

The Athletic -- Rank: 31

The Texans are finally free of Deshaun Watson, and the rebuild is underway, with Davis Mills expected to be Houston's starting quarterback again in 2022. The Texans have a long way to go to even just be competitive in the AFC South, but it starts with getting significant impact from their rookies. That includes first-round picks Derek Stingley Jr. at cornerback and Kenyon Green at guard.

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