Texans trade 3rd overall pick in 3-round mock draft
Here is a solid spot to draft a cornerback, especially if Houston passes on Sauce Gardner in the first round by trading the third overall pick. Andrew Booth Jr. played at a high level with Clemson, and picking at 16th overall with this potential trade, it would make a lot of sense to take the talented cornerback with this pick.
NFL.com believes Booth will eventually be a “plus starter” in the NFL, and who can blame them as the cornerback has a vast amount of abilities to play in coverage.
Houston needs help on defense and in the secondary. Adding a player like Booth who finished his ’21 collegiate season with three interceptions in 11 games, plus five passes defensed in the same season might make trading the third pick much easier, especially when they would get to pick again at No. 19 overall.
Now it is time for the Texans to add a player on the offensive side of the ball, and this is where the Texans add a very good wide receiver from Ohio State named Chris Olave.
Just like Jermaine Johnson, Olave is described by NFL.com as a player who “will become a good starter within two years,” so this possible pick would have time to progress and learn at the NFL level with a young quarterback and have a veteran receiver like Brandin Cooks to learn from as well.
If the Texans were able to gain the 16th and 19th picks from the Saints, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing as they could draft some seriously talented players like Olave, who in his final season with the OSU Buckeyes totaled 65 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns, all while sharing targets with Garrett Wilson, another OSU receiver projected to be an early first-round pick.