And there was much rejoicing...or indifference. Take your pick.
The only real win is in draft position at this stage of the season. No one in their right mind with one iota of football knowledge has any expectations for the Texans to right this ship and avoid the proverbial iceberg this season. Rooting for the team to lose is all we have left...sigh.
With the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Washington Whatevers now in the ‘rarified’ air of two wins, that leaves your Houston Texans in sole possession of second place in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.
After the 17-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, the Houston Texans would be picking No. 2 overall in the 2022 NFL draft. https://t.co/uRIPjcAaIC— The Texans Wire (@TheTexansWire) November 9, 2021
Unfortunately, the Detroit Lions couldn’t figure out how to get a win on their bye week, so they still hold the #1 slot.
Houston’s loss put it at No. 2 in the projected draft order behind the Lions, who were on a bye in Week 9.
The Texans confirmed their spot among the worst in the NFL with another putrid offensive performance. Houston has finished with a single-digit point total in three of its last four games.
Should Houston wrest the #1 pick from the Lions, would Nick Caserio decide Davis Mills is the hope of the future and trade out of the spot? With the top of the draft order already heavily altered by trades, it would certainly fit the mold of the 2022 draft.
For the teams who don’t stand a chance at the postseason, the draft comes into play. As the league’s only winless team, the Detroit Lions are currently in position to have the No. 1 overall pick, while the Houston Texans remain in contention for the top spot with only one win.
The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and New York Jets control the top of the draft board thanks to offseason trades — owning seven of the first 14 picks. Philadelphia currently has the No. 3, No. 7, and No. 14 picks in the draft while the Jets have the No. 4 and No. 10 picks and the Giants own No. 8 and No. 11. Seeing how high these picks can become will be worth monitoring during the second half of the season.
Or, maybe he keeps the pick and drafts a punter...
Maybe Caserio trades away all the picks for aging veterans. So far, he’s shown a preference for older players; Houston currently holds the 29th spot in average player age.
However, my money is still on Caserio taking Malik Willis from Liberty University. Willis fits the “culture” McEasterby is striving to build, has great potential, and could truly develop into a solid NFL starter.
Hello from the 2022 NFL Draft.— Nick Suss (@nicksuss) November 6, 2021
Teams in attendance for #OleMiss vs. Liberty:
DEN (five scouts), WFT, PHI, DAL, IND, ATL, HOU, PIT, ARI, NE, CAR, TAM, TEN, SEA, BUF, NO (three scouts) pic.twitter.com/QEof8oMjKA
Entering Week Ten, the Texans are entrenched at #2. If the Lions do the unthinkable and take down the Steelers, Houston could make the leap to #1.