The Houston Texans have had a tumultuous season, to say the least.
Deshaun Watson is on the active roster as the reserve quarterback and has not suited up all year.
His presence alone put a weird feel over the team from the start.
‘But the Texans have showed some life as of late with back-to-back wins with Davis Mills under center.
The rookie has shown progression all year and may play himself into the job in 2022.
Yet these late wins have only pushed the team’s record to 4-11.
That has them sliding down the draft order at a time when a top pick may be seen as the most ideal outcome.
Texans GM Nick Caserio discussed this on Houston sports talk radio and provided an interesting take.
Texans GM Nick Caserio on @SportsRadio610 asked about winning vs having high draft pick:
"The goal on Sunday's is to win-People get to caught up in draft stock-It's not about where we pick & where we draft. It's about who we get in the building & what they do when they're here." pic.twitter.com/TAnwJXqXPl
— Tyler Milner (@tmilrealdeal) December 30, 2021
“It’s not about where we pick and where we draft,” Caserio said. “It’s about who we get in the building and what they do when they’re here.”
That is not wrong and shows the Texans aren’t focused on losing just to get a pick one or two slots higher.
Building A Culture
Some fans and draft analysts may laugh at what Caserio said.
But it is important to note that the players themselves have zero interest in tanking.
The GM coming out and saying the same at least gives a sense that he is on their side in trying to win as much as possible.
A few wins at the end of the year can also do wonders for young players, including Mills.
Now that's a great throw from Mills with a blitz bearing down. pic.twitter.com/Wk6NnUes4b
— Rivers McCown (@riversmccown) December 19, 2021
He has shown improvement as of late and just helped lead the Texans to a double-digit win over the Los Angeles Chargers.
That may not have happened if the front office gutted the roster to hurt the team’s chances of winning.
The Texans are still going to pick high and that means they will get a top prospect.
Picking a spot or two later thanks to an extra win should not mean they miss out on a prospect that fits their organization well.