If there is one good thing that appears to be coming from the Houston Texans flailing about in 2022, it’s that they are expected to have the first overall pick in the next draft. According to one NFL analyst, who Nick Caserio will pick with that first overall pick is a no-brainer. It’s more likely that they’ll hope Bryce Young can be the next Deshaun Watson, minus the baggage.
Entering the current season, there was some hope that the Houston Texans wouldn’t need to focus on the quarterback position in the next draft. Davis Mills had a good enough rookie season that some believed he could grow into the quarterback of the future. Some big steps backward – including talk of a benching – have the experts believing a new “quarterback of the future is needed.”
Draft Wire analyst Luke Easterling is among those who believe it’s time for a new signal caller for Houston. In his latest projections of where the top prospects in this year’s class will go, he’s got Bryce Young getting selected by the Houston Texans first overall.
"“Unless Davis Mills takes a massive leap forward in his development over the second half of the season, the Texans need to spend this pick on a franchise quarterback. Regardless of any concerns about his size, Young is the best, most complete prospect at the position in this year’s class.”"
If Easterling is right, Caserio getting that first pick is a big deal, because just two slots later, yet another quarterback is going off the board. He’s got Ohio State’s CJ Stroud going to the Carolina Panthers.
While Stroud is no slouch by any measure, it’s hard to argue that Young isn’t the best choice by a wide margin, even if he’s taken a bit of a step back in his numbers this year. According to PFF, Young is boasting an 89.7 overall and passing grade while adding in a 65.3 running grade. On the other hand, Young has an 83.9 offense and passing grade and a 56.1 running grade.
it’s worth pointing out that should the Houston Texans manage to draft Bryce Young, it will be quite the turn of luck. After throwing for 47 TDS and just 7 INTs last year, he returned to Alabama. Now he could be Nick Caserio’s first massive impact draft pick.