Houston Texans 2nd-round receiver targets for NFL Draft 2022

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Can’t-miss size could have one of these two receivers heading to Houston.

Christian Watson (North Dakota State)

Standing 6’5″ and running a 4.36 40-yard dash will put you on a lot of teams’ radar, one of those teams likely being the Texans.

Watson isn’t just measurables, though, because the kid can play. He was named a second-team All-American after posting over 900 total yards and eight touchdowns in 11 games last season. Along with that, over the course of his career at NDSU, Watson totaled 57 plays that went 20-plus yards. His size and speed would bring a new element to the Texans’ offense.

The good news, too, is ESPN gives Watson about a 40-percent chance of being available at pick No. 37. He certainly will be a possible option for the Texans.

George Pickens (Georgia)

There’s perhaps no bigger mystery than George Pickens in this year’s draft, as he’s the true definition of a boom-or-bust prospect. After being named to the Freshman All-SEC Team, totaling 727 yards and eight touchdowns his first year at Georgia, Pickens struggled with injuries. The 6’3″ wide receiver appeared in just 12 total games over the past two seasons, most recently dealing with a torn ACL.

His freshman season, along with his mix of size and speed has team’s intrigued though. Now fully healed from his ACL injury, Pickens is expected to be a second-round selection. ESPN currently has Houston’s 37th pick as the seventh-highest chance where the Georgia receiver is taken.

He would be a good fit for the Texans, plus his untapped potential makes this possible selection intriguing.

Ultimately, though, this next receiver should be the Texans’ number-one receiver target on day two.