Friday, May 17, 2024

Houston Texans 2024 NFL power rankings post-draft roundup

Throughout the 2024 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a post-NFL draft roundup for the Houston Texans in our consensus 2024 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 6

Most improved: Pass-catchers

The Texans traded for running back Joe Mixon and four-time Pro Bowl receiver Stefon Diggs. Both can elevate C.J. Stroud's air attack going into Year 2. Since 2020, Diggs ranks fourth in yards (5,372) and touchdowns (37) while leading in receptions (445) among all receivers. Mixon has tallied 1,131 receiving yards in the past three years, so he's an effective option. Adding Diggs and Mixon to a group with Nico Collins, Tank Dell and Dalton Schultz could lead to an even more explosive offense in 2024. -- DJ Bien-Aime -- Rank: 6

The 2025 second-rounder the Texans landed from the Vikings by moving out of the first round in March allowed them to trade for Stefon Diggs, which crippled one of their main competitors in the AFC. A solid Day 2 haul (DB Kamari Lassiter, OT Blake Fisher and S Calen Bullock) didn't move the needle a ton, but did provide insurance and depth at a few previously shaky spots. I just appreciate what Nick Caserio and DeMeco Ryans are building here. They absolutely nailed the draft last year (SEE: Houston sweeping the 2023 Rookie of the Year awards), allowing them to put on more of a full-court press this offseason and move this team another step or two closer to competing for a title. For fans of other teams coming off rough seasons, look to the Texans as the model your squad should follow. A new day has dawned in Houston, just over a year after things looked pretty bleak.

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CBS Sports -- Rank: 8

They've had a great offseason, adding a lot of key pieces, which means they should be the best team in the division. But now they have to handle dealing with expectations, which Jacksonville didn't do last season in the same division.

USA Today -- Rank: 8

We know they'll look good. But how will they play with the added burden of what are sure to be Texas-sized expectations for a franchise that's never advanced beyond the divisional playoff round? The veteran acquisitions (Diggs, RB Joe Mixon, DE Danielle Hunter) need to be the difference-makers they're unlikely to find among this year's rookies — who have no chance of matching last year's freshmen (QB C.J. Stroud, DE Will Anderson Jr., WR Tank Dell).

The Athletic -- Rank: 5

The Texans added a lot of players (nine) but nobody who is expected to move the needle much this season. Having no first-round pick this year is the price they paid for wheeling and dealing in last year's draft. It's a price they were happy to pay considering they got quarterback C.J. Stroud and edge Will Anderson Jr. in that draft, which is why they're still high on this list.

Fox Sports -- Rank: 5

I was worried about how well the Texans would replace all their free agent losses, but I guess I shouldn't have been. Houston stockpiled its defense with free-agent signings, and on offense the trades for Stefon Diggs and Joe Mixon should help C.J. Stroud take things up a notch. It's going to be fun to see if the Texans can truly ascend into the league's elite.

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