The Houston Texans own two picks in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
They have the third overall selection due to their 4-13 record last season.
Houston also holds the No. 13 pick, which they got from the Cleveland Browns as part of the trade for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
However, general manager Nick Caserio revealed their strategy with those two picks, as shared by NFL Media’s Jim Trotter.
What are chances Houston uses both the 3rd & 13th picks? GM Nick Caserio tells me there’s a 99% chance at 3 & a “maybe 50-60% chance” at 13. Has talked to 6-8 teams as part of due diligence. Open to going up as well as down depending on players still available from their board.
— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) April 27, 2022
Caserio said there’s a 99 percent chance they will use the third pick and a 50 to 60 percent chance of staying at 13.
He also revealed that six to eight teams are giving feelers for number 13, and they are willing to move up or down the draft order depending on available players.
Aside from those two picks, Houston also has the 37th overall pick and seven other selections after.
Unless the trade package is favorable for them, it would be wise for Caserio and the Texans to use the third pick based on their needs.
Therefore, they would likely draft either a defensive end or an offensive lineman.
Using the 13th pick for a wide receiver is also understandable, but teams without a first-round selection might be interested in taking that spot.
Getting More Draft Capital
If the Texans trade No. 13, they will likely ask for more picks from their trade partner.
After all, they have several roster holes to plug aside from both offensive and defensive lines.
Caserio’s estimated number of interested teams coincides with the teams without a first-round choice.
Thus, they might be listening to offers and possibly select the deal that would help them in this year’s draft or the next.
If the deal pushes through, Houston might get an extra first or second-rounder in 2023.