Houston Texans: All-Time draft picks by round

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Eric Winston #73 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Round 3: Eric Winston (2006)

The Houston Texans as a franchise seem to love making draft choices in the third round of an NFL Draft, as eight times they’ve had at least two selections in the round since 2002.

In 2006 ,the Houston Texans selected right tackle Eric Winston, and he played for the franchise from 2006-11. Besides his rookie season, he was never graded lower than 78.6 by Pro Football Focus.

Winston played over 1,000 snaps in his final four seasons on the offensive line with the Texans and was penalized three or fewer times in a season on three occasions, and he never had more than nine penalties called on him for a season in his six seasons with the Houston Texans franchise.

In three different seasons with the Texans, Winston allowed five or fewer sacks and never allowed a double-digit sack season while with the Texans.

He was drafted 66th overall in the ’06 NFL Draft, and for being a third-round selection, he did a very nice job while with the franchise. In two of his seasons with the Texans, Winston didn’t have a single holding penalty.

Winston went on to play one season with the Kansas City Chiefs, one season with the Arizona Cardinals and wrapped up his career with four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, retiring at the conclusion of the 2017 season with 165 regular-season games played overall for the four teams, with 92 of those being with the Houston Texans.