Is Nick Caserio the “Anointed one” for the Houston Texans?
Is it time to say that Houston Texans GM Nick Caserio is the “Texans Savior” and the “Anointed One”? Only time will tell, but we’re getting close.
By many expert accounts, Caserio has done an outstanding job of getting the Texans to rebuild on the fast track to completion. But let’s pump the brakes a little here.
There is no denying that in a very tough draft situation, Caserio did a very excellent job in his first draft in 2021. But to also accumulate more draft picks in the 2022 draft, including two high first-round picks, he was able to get Houston what they desperately needed: talented players.
But is it time to say he’s one of the best GMs in the NFL? Or do we need to give him more time to prove that?
Caserio has done his job. This should be the battle cry of every player and every front office personnel in the NFL. Does this make him better than past GMs of the Texans? Yes, yes, it does! Primarily if over the next three seasons, these players produce at a high level.
The Texans have struggled outside of the second round since they came into existence. Rick Smith could hit big on picks in the first two rounds but faltered in the third round and beyond. And that is where a GM makes his money.
The late-round picks are where good players sometimes drop. This is where needs are filled, value and depth are found, and good GMs thrive. Without depth, a team can just mail in their season. This is where Caserio excelled in both drafts.
Houston Texans draft class meets the need- the need for talent and potential.
If your GM misses in those early rounds, he might want to go be a chaplain somewhere (ironic pun intended). So let’s focus on the holes filled and the needs that were met in the later rounds.
Dameon Pierce is possibly a top-three running back in the draft that no one remembered. However, there is value and talent all the way down to the bottom of the Texans’ draft. Versatility and value is what Houston got in the 2022 NFL Draft.
We won’t know just how good (or bad) of a draft this is for a few more years. But what we do know is that Nick Caserio addresses needs and, so far, has done it well. So is it a reach to go away from some self-proclaimed draft experts’ board to fill a need? No-and that’s exactly what good GMs do.
Is it time to anoint Caserio as a great GM? No, but let’s get the oil ready.