Texans trade 3rd overall pick in 3-round mock draft

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The Houston Texans could make a big splash in the 2022 NFL Draft with a draft day trade.

What if the Houston Texans were able to gain a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft by trading the No. 3 overall pick? Would you want the Texans to make such a trade?

The scenario in this potential trade in this three-round mock draft would have the Texans trading the third overall pick to the New Orleans Saints for the Saints’ No. 16 and No. 19 picks, plus the Texans would keep the No. 13 overall pick as well.

If this trade were to occur, the Texans would have three first-round picks and six picks out of the first 80 selections. A trade like this would shake up the draft a bit, but it really could help the Texans rebuild their roster as they have big needs in more than a couple positions, and building depth for this franchise is important as well.

It would be extremely tough for the Texans to trade the third overall pick, but for fun let’s say that general manager Nick Caserio and the front office make this trade. What could the Texans’ draft potentially look like?

Here is one way the Texans could draft if they were to make such a trade, as they would have picks No. 13, No. 16, No. 19, No. 37, No. 68 and No. 80 in rounds one through three.

Jermaine Johnson. 13. player. 804. . EDGE. Seminoles

Though a trade of the No. 3 overall pick takes the Texans out of consideration of some of the more notable edge rushers at the top of the draft, sitting at No. 13 could be Florida State EDGE rusher Jermaine Johnson, and that’s a very solid choice with this selection.

Johnson is coming off a season at FSU with 17.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, a touchdown and he even had two passes defensed. Johnson also collected 33 solo tackles in his final collegiate season.

The 6’5″ EDGE rusher would be an excellent addition to the defense of the Texans as Johnson has been described as “a good starter within two years” and considering where the Texans’ franchise is at the moment, that’s not such a terrible thing to see as the Texans are in full rebuild mode going into the ’22 season.