The Houston Texans have the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, which will take place later this month, and they will thus have the opportunity to shape their roster and overall franchise for years to come.
It has been presumed they would take a quarterback, and that would likely mean taking either Bryce Young of the University of Alabama or Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.
However, Adam Schefter, as shared by Dov Kleiman, says that there’s a chance the Texans take a player at a different position with that second pick.
The #Texans aren't a lock to take a QB with the 2nd overall pick, @AdamSchefter shares on NFL Live.
"I'm not convinced yet that they're going to take a quarterback." pic.twitter.com/mj2RZHZYEV
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 11, 2023
They recently hired DeMeco Ryans, who had helped guide the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship Game in each of the last two seasons as their defensive coordinator, to be their head coach, and he wants to create a winning culture in Houston.
The team also brought in two veteran playmakers on offense: tight end Dalton Schultz, who spent the last five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and wide receiver Robert Woods, who played on the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in 2021.
Other than the QB position, there are a couple of top-shelf pass-rushing prospects who could go very high in the draft this year.
One of them is Will Anderson Jr., an outside linebacker for Alabama who has had 34.5 sacks in three years of college ball.
In addition, Myles Murphy of Clemson University, a defensive end, is a prospect who is highly regarded.
The Texans were just 27th in points allowed and 30th in total yards given up, and there is no doubt Ryans wants to establish a defensive mindset.NEXT: Texans HC Reveals What He Expects From His Future 2nd Overall Pick