3 Reasons Houston Texans can be successful in 2022

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2. Texans: Are you ready for some rookies on defense to be playmakers?

There are three Houston Texans rookies for the defense. Once they not only get healthy and ready to play in the NFL, but also get accustomed to playing the highest level of pro football, well, maybe Houston will eventually get their respect back on defense.

Houston’s defense wasn’t that great at all, and it sure didn’t live up to the past defenses coached by Lovie Smith when he was at his other NFL stops, but the Texans brought in three rookies on defense who can be very good at the professional level.

Houston drafted Derek Stingley Jr. to play cornerback, Jalen Pitre to play safety, and Christian Harris to be a linebacker for the franchise, and if these three live up to what many believe they can become in the NFL, opponents of Houston are in for some very long days and seasons ahead.

Stingley and Pitre will make the Houston secondary better. Actually, they already made it better by being drafted by the franchise, and they both were projected to be high-potential players, and for success to happen with the defense — even as rookies — expectations are high for these two players.

As for Harris at linebacker, he’s projected to be a starter in the league too, and he’ll be needed for sure on the defense. Harris was a third round pick, so that means rookies Stingley, Pitre and Harris were first-, second- and third-round picks. That’s saying something in the rebuild of the defense, so don’t be surprised to see these three on the field as much as possible if they are able in ’22.