The Houston Texans picked Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud with the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft; we know this. What is puzzling is that the team fleeced everyone into thinking they weren't taking a quarterback - so much so that several mock drafts as early as two weeks before had the team going defense at No. 2. Texans owner Cal McNair insisted that he had no influence on the pick of Stroud. "Hannah and I don't make the picks," McNair said at the team's charity golf event.
"We have a great group of scouts led by Nick [Caserio] and James Lippert," McNair continued, "and they did a lot of work on the draft board, and then they followed that on draft day, and they moved up when they saw the value was there and moved back."
Houston, famously, picked Stroud at No. 2 and then traded up to take Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr. The Texans are certainly doing everything they can to improve their roster, which has been one of the weakest in the NFL for the past few seasons.
I, personally, love the presence of new head coach DeMeco Ryans and think he can make a huge impact on trying to change the course of the franchise. It probably won't be this year, or even next, but they definitely have the ability to slowly get better with time.
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