The Houston Texans may not have won the AFC South since 2019, but according to the report, they can now claim a moral victory within their division.
NFL.com rated each team’s draft class, and while all four teams at AFC South were considered completely mediocre, the Texans were at the top with the only B + in the division.
“General Manager Nick Caserio was able to give his work five future starters to the franchise over three days of selection, although Houston’s class has little of a boom-or-bust element,” Dan Parr wrote with NFL.com.
Derek Stingley Jr.
John Metchie III
They cite the fact that cornerback Derek Stingley Jr., quarterback Kenyon Green and defensive receiver John Metchie III were selected more than their draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah judged. The most dramatic of these was Metchie for whom the Texans swapped 44 to grab him, and Jeremiah rated him 76th in the class.
Regardless, the potential ‘boom’ for everyone makes them an interesting choice.
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“If Stingley returns to play as a freshman at LSU in 2019, there will be no debate about whether Caserio made the right decision with the initial selection in the first round of his term,” Parr wrote. Green has a chance to become a dominant road grader right away, so I won’t argue with taking a guard of his caliber so early. Texas needs players like him to take the pressure off young quarterback Davis Mills, who will also benefit from Metchie, which comes after an ACL rupture, be available in the slot. ”
When it comes to the choices of security Jalen Pitre, linebacker Christian Harris and defender Dameon Pierce, the answer was only positive.
“There must have been solid value in the picks of Pitre, Harris and Pierce, each of whom has a good chance of becoming a starter at the start of their careers,” Parr wrote. “With so many needs, Houston had to take an approach that was available to the best players, and it did a good job of finding perspectives that could help push the team in a better direction.”
By comparison, the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts got a B, while the Jacksonville Jaguars got a B-.