Houston Texans Aren’t ‘A Lock’ To Take A QB With The 2nd Overall Pick

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The Houston Texans have been the subject of much speculation leading up to the 2023 Draft.

Despite holding the second overall pick, some are unsure of what direction the team will take, particularly with regards to the quarterback position.

On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke on the situation during an appearance on NFL Live, expressing his uncertainty about whether or not the Texans will take a quarterback with their top pick.

“I’m not convinced yet that they’re going to take a quarterback,” Schefter said. “There’s a lot of conflicting signals and information out there on what Houston is going to do at 2. And I think a lot of people just assumed it’s going to be a quarterback, but I’m not convinced just yet that’s going to be it.”

The Carolina Panthers currently hold the first overall pick and are expected to select Alabama quarterback Bryce Young. Many had assumed that the Texans would take the next best quarterback prospect, with Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud widely considered to be the top option. However, Schefter’s comments suggest that this may not be a foregone conclusion.

Other top quarterback prospects in the draft include Florida’s Anthony Richardson, Kentucky’s Will Levis, and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker. With so much talent available, it’s possible that the Texans could trade down with another team or opt to select the best defensive player available, such as Alabama’s Pass-Rusher Will Anderson.

One thing is certain: the Texans are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. Last season, the team relied on Davis Mills, a low-level starter, with disappointing results. While the Texans could opt to draft a quarterback this year, it’s also possible that they are biding their time and hoping to pick high again in 2024 when USC’s Caleb Williams is expected to be available.

Whatever the Texans ultimately decide to do, their choice will have a significant impact on the future of the team. For now, fans and analysts alike will have to wait and see what direction the Texans will take when they make their selection in the upcoming draft.