The Houston Texans need a lot of help.
In just two years, the team went from division champions to cellar dwellers.
The stars that built the franchise are gone, and a complete rebuild will start in the offseason.
If they want to become relevant again, drafting a skilled quarterback will help conceal many loopholes.
— battleredblog (@battleredblog) November 9, 2021
Their current play-callers are not much of a help, with Tyrod Taylor not being their long-term option.
He was brilliant during their opening game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but his momentum ended after an injury.
Now, he tries to make the Texans competitive despite the apparent lack of talent.
Meanwhile, Davis Mills fell to them in the third round because that was their earliest pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Davis Mills in his last 4 games:
250 yards per game
5 TDS 3 interceptions
72% completion percentage
He has been having a solid season, despite the struggles of the Texans
— 901 Ic33 (@901_Ic33) November 4, 2021
The former Stanford standout proves that he needs a complete roster around him to succeed, which is not a sign of a franchise quarterback.
That said, here are the three prospects that can make the team legitimate playoff contenders again.
3. Kenny Pickett – Pittsburgh
The New Jersey native had a chance to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.
However, he chose to stay in college to hone his game, which turned out to be the right choice.
He manifests maturity through his leadership, high football IQ, and deep-ball accuracy.
Pickett is a significant reason for Pittsburgh’s 7-2 record as of writing, making them the 25th best team in the nation.
In his fifth year with the Panthers, the Marketing major completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 3,171 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only three interceptions.
He’s building a solid resume as he jumps to the NFL, and the Texans will benefit from a quarterback like him who looks unfazed despite massive challenges.
2. Matt Corral – Ole Miss
If the Texans can’t build a decent offensive line, they will need a quarterback who can also punish opponents with his feet.
Corral emerged as one of the top quarterback aspirants because he is not afraid to make the deep throw and often connects with his receivers.
Through ten games in his senior year, the California native completed 66.8 passes for 2,526 yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 10 rushing scores, and only two interceptions.
This Matt Corral 50-yard dime into double coverage 😳
— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) November 6, 2021
Ole Miss lost two games against nationally-ranked teams, but Corral was commendable in both matches.
He completed 21 of 29 passes against Alabama and had 344 total yards and a touchdown versus Auburn.
Last season, Corral had 3.337 yards and 29 touchdowns before winning MVP honors in the 2021 Outback Bowl.
1. Malik Willis – Liberty
The Liberty Flames might not be a big-name school, but Willis can make a name for himself.
He’s not a small-school quarterback because he transferred from Auburn.
However, there’s nothing small about his talent because of his cannon arm and running skills.
Willis is also a tough customer who finds ways to make plays despite the pressure coming towards him.
Malik Willis throw on the run pic.twitter.com/TOFSAlJtkU
— Erik Schlitt (@erikschlitt) November 6, 2021
Experts say that he plays like Trey Lance and that he can translate his game to the NFL.
So far, Willis has 2,914 total yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and 10 rushing scores.
He was also the MVP of the 2020 Cure Bowl, wherein they defeated Coastal Carolina, 37-34.