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2021 Houston Texans Offseason Simulator

Play the role of Nick Caserio, and run the Houston Texans yourself.

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the 2021 Houston Texans Offseason Simulator! In this interactive story, you will click through several different scenarios in order to build the Houston Texans the best way YOU see fit! Every decision you make will be awarded a certain amount of points depending on how much I think it improves the Texans 2021 record. Make sure you keep track of your trades/signings and your points so you can tally them all up at the end! Put your roster and your score in the comments at the end to compare with everyone else!

Scoring: In order to grade you on all possible moves you can make in this simulation, I’ve developed a scoring system. Each decision you make that impacts the Texans in some form or another (adding or removing a player), I will give a score from 0-20. The more points you score, the more likely your team is of winning the Super Bowl in 2021.

0-6 Points - Bad Decision

6-12 Points- Okay Decision

12-16 Points - Good Decision

16-20 Points - Great Decision

Note: Roster information was last updated Saturday, March 13th, 2021. I’ve attempted to create as many branching pathways as possible and allow you to draft a truly unique roster. This offseason will go through releasing current Texans players, figuring out what to do with Deshaun Watson, free agency, and the 2021 Draft. Unfortunately, there are a few limitations to this simulation: it’s a quarterback focused simulation, the draft overall is a bit limited, and there are no trade scenarios besides those involving Deshaun Watson.

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Welcome back! Now that you have made your decision at quarterback and gone through free agency, it’s time for the 2021 NFL Draft! But, first, remind me what you did with Deshaun Watson:

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Welcome back! Now that you have made your decision at quarterback and gone through free agency, it’s time for the 2021 NFL Draft! But, first, remind me what you did with Deshaun Watson:

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Welcome back! Now that you have made your decision at quarterback and gone through free agency, it’s time for the 2021 NFL Draft! But, first, remind me what you did with Deshaun Watson:

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Congratulations! You have been selected to be the next oracle of the Texans! Jack Easterby, inspired by his recent readings of Cardinal Richelieu has decided to take his talents away from football and into politics. Cal McNair, in a wild effort to try and save the entire organization from crumbling in on itself, has reached out to YOU to make all of the organizational decisions for the foreseeable future.

Your first task is deciding how you want to enter the 2021 offseason. The Texans currently have little to no cap space entering a new league year where the cap might actually shrink. If you want to do anything significant in free agency, cutting and trading away several starting players is required. What is your plan?

I believe in this roster and think it only needs a few additions in order to get over the hump. Let’s run it back with the same players!

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REBUILD BRANCH

+0 Points

A massive decision, but one that must be made for the health of the franchise. We will release David Johnson, Duke Johnson, Nick Martin, Randall Cobb, Bernardrick McKinney, Whitney Mercilus, and a handful of backup players. Now for the most important decision this year—quarterback.

Deshaun Watson has made it abundantly clear he has no internist in ever playing for the Houston Texans again. Trading him would be the most controversial move in Houston Texans history. What do you want to do?

Trade him to a team that is offering what we need to get back in contention immediately (Seahawks, Raiders, Browns, Vikings). I want to win now!

Trade him to a team that is offering draft capital that we can use to initiate a full rebuild (Jets, Dolphins, Falcons, Bears)

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+0 Points

In a stubborn effort to try and woo back Deshaun Watson by doing nothing, the Texans face the reality that they will have to play the 2021 season without their franchise player as Watson shows he’s more than capable at doing nothing for months on end. What will we do at quarterback to make winning the Super Bowl in 2021 even possible?

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Unfortunately, this year is not a great year for looking to sign a quarterback in March. So, here are your best options:

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+9 Points

Jacoby Brissett isn’t exactly an inspiring option, but certainly not the worst. Will you be signing more free agents?

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+9 Points

Going from Deshaun Watson to Mitchell Trubisky is a hard sell for anyone, but it’s the path we’ve chosen, so let’s embrace it. Will you be signing more free agents?

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+8 Points

You want to see the Jameis Winston in Houston? It’s just gonna be Ryan Fitzpatrick all over again, but okay. Will you be signing more free agents?

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+10 Points

Tyrod Taylor does have some similar qualities to Deshaun Watson and he’s proven he can be a plus starter before, but it’s been a few years since his time in Buffalo. Still, not a bad choice. Will you be signing more free agents?

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The Texans currently don’t have a first or second round pick. Our chances at finding a truly talented passer with our third and fourth round picks are low, but there are a few interesting options. Wake Forest turned Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman is a talented player that was on a lot of scouts’ watchlists until he opted out of the 2020 season; he might be worth the risk. Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger both had prolific collegiate careers filled with peaks and valleys. Both have shown an ability to will their teams to victory, but both have also revealed some pretty apparent limitations on the field. Accuracy, decision making, and awareness were some of the qualities they both couldn’t excel at at any consistent degree.

Before we head to the draft, there’s still plenty of non-quarterback free agents available worth looking at. We won’t be able to afford the star players, but we can still improve the team. Would you like to look at other free agents, or skip free agency entirely and head to the draft?

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+5 Points

Um...okay. We’ll re-sign A.J. McCarron and keep him here for another year. There’s still a chance to draft a quarterback, which I genuinely recommend since McCarron hasn’t played significant football since 2015. Will you be signing any non-quarterback free agents?

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Welcome to the vast sea of free agents. At this point, the quarterback question has been answered (at least for now). But, there’s still plenty of other ways we can improve during free agency. Since Watson is still on our hands, we can’t spend too recklessly. I’ve given you four courses of approach in free agency:

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+13 Points

Since we are only spending big with one player, I decided to focus on the weakest spot on our team: the defensive line. I signed outside linebacker Bud Dupree to be a new pass rusher, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, and center Austin Reiter. With these signings, we get a great pass rusher, a starting caliber receiver, and an okay center. Won’t change the face of the Texans, but it will certainly help while still giving us some spending money for the future.

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+16 Points

With the goal set in front of me of trying to make the defense much better through a few key acquisitions. I signed edge defender Yannick Ngakoue, linebacker K.J. Wright, and slot cornerback Mike Hilton. Reddick finally showed what he was capable of in his final year in Arizona. Let’s hope he can continue to play that well in Houston. Wright has been a great linebacker for his entire career in Seattle, and can plug the hole Benardrick McKinney left. Mike Hilton has been a solid slot cornerback in Pittsburgh and will aid the secondary with his abilities—he shouldn’t be too expensive, either. With these signings, all three levels of our defense should become significantly better.

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+14 Points

Focusing on the offense is my favorite thing to do when watching football games, so I’m excited to tackle free agency the same way. I resigned wide receiver Will Fuller, and signed: wide receiver Tim Patrick, running back Boston Scott, and center Ted Karras. I also like center Ethan Pocic here, but I fear he might be out of our price range if we’re looking to secure all these players. Regardless, Fuller is a bona-fide deep threat that showed he has the talent to be a #1 receiver, Tim Patrick is a giant receiver that would easily lock down the #2 spot and attract plenty of attention, Boston Scott is a do everything weapon, and Ted Karras could shore up some of our problems in the interior. Plug in a good quarterback, and this is an offense with some serious upside.

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+9 Points

Avoiding big paychecks in a year that already doesn’t look good isn’t a bad idea, especially if you’re not planning on winning much in 2021. For this free agency period, I signed safety Rayshawn Jenkins, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey, and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. Jenkins is an underrated safety with some serious upside, Casey has declined in the years but may turn it around somewhere else, and Robinson has always been a contributor for Kansas City. None of these players should demand a lot of money, and all have the chance to be starters.

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Welcome to the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft! We are entering now with just one pick. Later in the draft, we hold two fourth round picks, a fifth round pick, three sixth round picks, and a seventh round pick. With our third round pick, we’ll have the opportunity to draft quarterbacks Jamie Newman, Kellen Mond, or Sam Ehlinger. This is our only chance to draft these players since they’ll all be gone after the third round. Of course, we can always skip drafting a quarterback and just take the best available player, take the best available defensive player, or take the best available offensive player. What would you like to do?

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+6 Points

Jamie Newman is a very raw prospect that has a limited collegiate career, but he’s big, athletic, and can make all kind of throws. I wouldn’t put any stock into him becoming a great NFL quarterback, but a couple years to develop might yield interesting results. What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+7 Points

Kellen Mond has actually attracted some praise from several scouts, and some believe he’s even better than Kyle Trask or Mac Jones. He showed notable improvement in 2020 to the point where his pocket presence and accuracy nearly matched those of Kyle Trask, along with a better arm. He’s isn’t a freak athlete, but 2020 showed Mond can keep getting better. What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+6 Points

Sam Ehlinger has his fans, no doubt. He’s accurate, athletic, makes good decisions both in and out of the pocket, and has an okay arm. His problems are his consistency, size and durability. If he was more consistent and significantly more athletic, he’d have been this year’s Kyler Murray. Regardless, he’s won a lot in his career and reminds me of former Penn State turned Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley. I still believe McSorley has the potential to be an solid NFL quarterback and would have been drafted as such if it had not been for a final collegiate season derailed by injury and poor offensive coaching. Maybe Ehlinger is similar in that regard as well. What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+10 Points

At this point in the draft, I think the best available player is UCLA WR/RB Demetric Felton. Felton was effective lining up on the outside and in the backfield, a perfect weapon in the slot and on third down. He’s elusive and fast, and can absorb a lot of attention depending on where he lines up and his route. Brett Kollman even talked up Felton one of his recent videos:

What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+10 Points

At this point in the draft, I think the best available offensive player is also the best player available. UCLA WR/RB Demetric Felton. Felton was effective lining up on the outside and in the backfield, a perfect weapon in the slot and on third down. He’s elusive and fast, and can absorb a lot of attention depending on where he lines up and his route. What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+10 Points

In the third round, a nice pick would be Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis. Brett Kollman just featured Davis in one his recent videos as a value pick, and he’d absolutely be a nice pickup for our defense. Davis has all of the tools needed to be a great NFL linebacker, and he could turn into a star given time to develop.

What do you want to do with the rest of your draft picks?

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+11 Points

We should be able to find some decent players in the fourth round, but it’s becomes difficult to be confident in any of my selections entering the fifth, sixth, or seventh rounds. With our fourth round picks, we’re gonna take running Chuba Hubbard from OKST and S Damar Hamlin from PITT. Hubbard had a down year in 2020, but I’m still a strong believer in his abilities and think he’s a steal in the fourth round. Hamlin was an all around contributor for that stacked PITT defense and could turn into something special at the next level.

With the fifth round pick, we’ll take G Zion Johnson from BC. Johnson showed steady improvement from year to year in college, and may turn into a solid player if he’s given time.

With our sixth round picks, we’ll take DE Shaka Toney from PSU and WR Frank Darby from ASU. Shaka Toney has a cool name and was a consistent tackler and frequently created pressure, while Darby has the size and strength to be a good red-zone target in the NFL.

With our seventh round pick, we’ll take OLB/DE Jamal Hines from Toledo. Jamal Hines is a big and fast pass rusher that doesn’t have great numbers but attracted attention anyways. Worth a shot if he falls to us.

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+13 Points

There’s plenty of good offensive players still available in the draft, and we should find at least a few contributors this far down. With our fourth round picks, we’re going to take running back Chuba Hubbard from Oklahoma State and guard Jackson Carman from Clemson. Even though Hubbard didn’t have a great 2020, I still think he’ll be a great NFL running back, and while Carman wasn’t a great left tackle at Clemson, moving him to guard should give us a solid interior blocker once he’s acclimated to the next level.

With our fifth round pick, we’ll be taking wide receiver Trevon Grimes from Florida. With the size and speed that Grimes has, I fear we won’t fall this far (in which case I’d take WR Nico Collins from Michigan), but he can’t be passed up if he does.

With our sixth round picks, we’ll pick up tight end Trae Berry from Jacksonville State and wide receiver Johnny Johnson III from Oregon. Berry is a giant player that can block and could turn into a receiving threat, and Johnson is a speedster that can be dangerous anywhere he lines up, preferably the slot (he reminds me of Scotty Miller...maybe it’s the name and the round).

In the seventh round, we’ll take offensive tackle/guard Jalen McKenzie from USC. McKenzie played RT and RG for USC during his playing time, looking clearly better in the interior position. His size fits that position in the NFL better, as well.

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+13 Points

It’s time to build up that putrid defense. With our fourth round picks, we’ll snatch up EDGE Quincy Roche from Miami and safety Damar Hamlin from Pittsburgh. Quincy Roche has been gaining popularity during the offseason for his explosiveness and instinct, making him a fourth round steal. Hamlin was a solid player all around for a defense loaded with talent, so he should adapt the NFL quickly and continue to develop.

With our fifth round pick, we’ll take cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields from Penn State. Castro-Fields has shown the ability to be a consistent defender, but shows flashes of something more every now and then. A very interesting player, and can turn into something special given time.

In the sixth round, we’ll select inside linebacker Nate Landman from Colorado and defensive tackle Khyiris Tonga from BYU. Landman is also gaining some popularity during the offseason as a late-round sleeper who could contribute plenty on special teams, and Tonga had plenty of success stopping the run for BYU last year. Both high-ceiling players.

For our final pick in the seventh round, We’re going for EDGE Jamal Hines from Toledo. Hines is a big and fast pass rusher that doesn’t have great numbers but attracted attention anyways. Worth a shot if he falls to us.

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Welcome to the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft!

We received a second round pick from the Seattle trade (#56 overall), and it is our first pick in the draft. There’s several quarterbacks left on the board besides Kyle Trask, but all except he will be available in the third round. So, if there’s a mid-round quarterback that you have your eye on (Kellen Mond, Jamie Newman, Sam Ehlinger), don’t worry about skipping Trask. Here are your options:

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+8 Points

With the #56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

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+17 Points

With the #56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC

Williams is possibly the best running back in this draft, and simply can’t be passed up if he falls this far. I know everyone is hot on Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but Williams has everything they have and more. He’s got power, vision, trucking ability, and the elusiveness to make people miss in tight spaces. He can even be a receiving threat to an extent. He’s our three-down back from day one until his legs give out, and will give Russell Wilson tons of help.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

The best offensive player is also the best available available.

With the #56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC

Williams is possibly the best running back in this draft, and simply can’t be passed up if he falls this far. I know everyone is hot on Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but Williams has everything they have and more. He’s got power, vision, trucking ability, and the elusiveness to make people miss in tight spaces. He can even be a receiving threat to an extent. He’s our three-down back from day one until his legs give out, and will give Russell Wilson tons of help.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+12 Points

With the #56 overall pick, there’s plenty of good defensive starters available, but I’m going to try and pick the player that has the most potential based on their talent. At this point, I think the defensive player with the highest ceiling at this point in the draft is EDGE Jayson Oweh from Penn State. Oweh didn’t have a fantastic collegiate career, but his size and athleticism were on full display when he made plays. He started as a linebacker, but slowly worked his way into a pass-rushing role because of his motor and strength. A multi-talented player that has the potential to be a starter at either defensive end or linebacker in the NFL.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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Welcome to the first round of the NFL Draft!

With our trade with Minnesota, we have possession of the 14th overall pick. If you don’t like Kirk Cousins, we have a few interesting options here at quarterback. Mac Jones and Kyle Trask will still be on the board, and all the quarterbacks below them will available when we make it to the third round, But, there’s also an obnoxious amount of talent from other positions here. What’s your move?

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+11 Points

With the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy.

Next up is the third round, where we hold three picks, the first one being #67 overall. What do you want to do?

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+8 Points

With the 14th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

This is a reach, but he certainly won’t be available at our next pick in the third round.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

Next up is the third round, where we hold three picks, the first one being #67 overall. What do you want to do?

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+18 Points

With the 14th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Offensive Tackle/Guard Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. In addition to Ezra Cleveland, the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best in a single offseason.

Next up, the #67 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+18 Points

The best available offensive player is also the best player available at this pick.

With the 14th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Offensive Tackle/Guard Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. In addition to Ezra Cleveland, the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best in a single offseason.

Next up, the #67 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+16 Points

With the #14 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Jaycee Horn, South Carolina.

This was a hard one. Because this draft is loaded with offensive firepower, by pick #14 most if not all defensive players should be available. In this situation, the only player I’m certain won’t be available is linebacker Parson from Penn State and maybe cornerback Patrick Surtain II from Alabama. But even if Surtain II was still on the board, I think I’d still take Horn since he’s a similar size but with a higher ceiling. Taking Horn at this spot in the draft may end up being a reach since he’s only recently been rising into the first round mocks, and I’m tempted to play it safe and just go with Surtain II, but I think Horn is worth the risk. I’m also very tempted to take linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from Notre Dame, but the Texans currently need a big corner more than they need a versatile linebacker. This is an extremely hard pick, though.

Next up, the #67 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+11 Points

With the #67 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Linebacker Nick Bolton, Missouri.

Nick Bolton was a solid all-around middle linebacker for Missouri in 2020, and has the potential to be an NFL starter in time. Solid strength, great vision in tracking the runner through the line, and a great tackler. In time, he may be a great Mike for an NFL defense.

Next up is the #79 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+9 Points

With the #67 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Wide Receiver Reshod Bateman, Minnesota.

Bateman is a big, fast receiver that has explosive playmaking ability. He had an exceptional 2019 season and an opportunity to become a top receiver in 2020, but a shortened season led to a disappointing junior effort. But, I still believe in his talent, and think he can be an X-factor in our offense. Wide Receiver Rondale Moore from Purdue is also very enticing here, but Moore is shorter than Bateman and has a worrying injury history.

Next up is the #79 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+11 Points

I think the best defensive player available here is also the best player available overall.

With the #67 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Linebacker Nick Bolton, Missouri.

Nick Bolton was a solid all-around middle linebacker for Missouri in 2020, and has the potential to be an NFL starter in time. Solid strength, great vision in tracking the runner through the line, and a great tackler. In time, he may be a great Mike for an NFL defense.

Next up is the #79 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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+10 Points

With the #79 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Wyatt Davis, Ohio State.

Davis is an extremely talented run blocker that has shown flashes of playing well consistently in the passing game. His strength is definitely in the running game, and is absolutely rough around the edges when asked to block for the quarterback. But, he is a potential first year starter at guard, and has the potential to round into a complete starter at the NFL level.

Next up is the #91 overall pick. The final grouping of quarterbacks will be likely be selected around here in the draft, so this will be our last chance to draft one of these middle-round passers. What do you want to do?

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+10 Points

I think the best offensive player here is also the best player available overall.

With the #79 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Wyatt Davis, Ohio State.

Davis is an extremely talented run blocker that has shown flashes of playing well consistently in the passing game. His strength is definitely in the running game, and is absolutely rough around the edges when asked to block for the quarterback. But, he is a potential first year starter at guard, and has the potential to round into a complete starter at the NFL level.

Next up is the #91 overall pick. The final grouping of quarterbacks will be likely be selected around here in the draft, so this will be our last chance to draft one of these middle-round passers. What do you want to do?

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+9 Points

With the #79 overall pick, the Houston Texans select: Safety/Linebacker JaCoby Stevens, LSU.

Stevens is odd and interesting player. Once hailed as an eventual first rounder (and probably would’ve been a second rounder if he declared for the Draft next year), Stevens had a decent 2020 but still saw his stock fall as his weaknesses were more obvious. Stevens was a safety at LSU, and a good one at that, but frequently lacked the explosiveness and speed to be effective in coverage. An issue like this will only get worse in the NFL; so many scouts say he should move to linebacker. I agree, but I honestly believe he can move all over the field depending on what look we want to give the offense.

He’s big, strong, has fantastic eyes and instinct, and is a great tackler. He’s even pretty fast, but just doesn’t have the acceleration. Making his a weak-side linebacker and using him as a box safety is perfect for his skillset, potentially taking over Zach Cunningham’s spot given some time. And who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and he’ll find an extra gear in the NFL, then we can line him up literally anywhere we want on defense. Regardless, he’s a talented player that can be a starting linebacker in time.

Next up is the #91 overall pick. The final grouping of quarterbacks will be likely be selected around here in the draft, so this will be our last chance to draft one of these middle-round passers. What do you want to do?

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft!

With Baker Mayfield, we’ve found an at least competent starter at quarterback. With Odell Beckham Jr., we have a top receiver. Sione Takitaki gives us a starting caliber outside linebacker. Those look like pennies compared to the value of Deshaun Watson, but now is our chance to flip those scales with the Browns first and second round picks in this year’s draft.

Our first selection is #26 overall, where, luckily, quarterback Mac Jones from Alabama still resides. There are other mid-tier quarterbacks that will be available to pick with our second (Trask) and/or third rounds picks (Newman, Mond, Ehlinger), but this will be our only chance to nab Jones. Of course, you don’t have to draft a quarterback at all in this draft if you’re happy with Mayfield, but it’s worth considering since he is on the last year of his rookie deal. What would you like to do?

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+11 Points

With the #26 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But, Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy. It will certainly be strange having Baker, a very similar type of quarterback, in front of him for a year, but Mac Jones could end up being even better if he develops.

Our next pick is in the second round, #59 overall. What would you like to do?

+17 Points

With the #26 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the second round, #59 overall. What would you like to do?

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The best available offensive player here is also the best overall player at this point in the draft.

With the #26 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the second round, #59 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #26 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

Jaycee Horn could very well be the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL draft. He has the size and length of Patrick Surtain II, the speed and instincts of Caleb Farley, and a ceiling potentially higher than both. He has great hands, get off speed, and coverage abilities. He’s our future #1 cornerback, and has the potential to be the next shutdown player we’ve been hunting for.

Our next pick is in the second round, #59 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #59 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

Trask, similar to Mac Jones, is not a modern pick in our new dual-threat world, but he is a great quarterback. Trask is not athletic nor does he have a great arm, but he’s ridiculously accurate, has fantastic touch, and decent pocket presence. What separates him from Jones is a few more crummy games and worse decision making and awareness, but he is basically the same player overall. If we can build a team around his strengths (which are likely not much different from Mayfield’s), we could be in great shape.

Next up is the third round, where our original picks start. Let’s go!

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With the #59 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC.

In 2020, Kevin Stefanski showed how important a great run-game was to Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is is a good quarterback, but clearly operates most effectively in a run heavy offense. Williams has a real potential to be our Nick Chubb: a running back capable of running an offense entirely on their own. Williams is strong, explosive, and elusive enough to do anything that’s asked of him. He’s our new three-down back.

Next up is the third round, where our original picks start. Let’s go!

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The best offensive player available is also the best player available overall.

With the #59 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC.

In 2020, Kevin Stefanski showed how important a great run-game was to Baker Mayfield. Mayfield is is a good quarterback, but clearly operates most effectively in a run heavy offense. Williams has a real potential to be our Nick Chubb: a running back capable of running an offense entirely on their own. Williams is strong, explosive, and elusive enough to do anything that’s asked of him. He’s our new three-down back.

Next up is the third round, where our original picks start. Let’s go!

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With the #59 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Greg Newsome II, Northwestern.

Newsome II is a player that is quickly rising on many draft boards, and for good reason. Newsome was a great cornerback in his career at Northwestern, often locking down the opposing teams best receiver. He’s big, strong, agile, and can play both the run and pass well. He has the size and skills to compete with the best NFL receivers, but his lack of speed and acceleration is what will cause some to overlook him. The danger of NFL players just running by him is real, but his intelligence should keep that at a minimum. Newsome should quickly become a starting cornerback in our rotation, with a real chance to become our #1 guy if he’s given time.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft!

Thanks to the trade we made with Las Vegas, we now have picks in the first and second rounds, and an additional pick in the third round. Our first selection is at #17 overall, where we will have access to a great many talented players. At this spot, the only quarterback with a first round grade left is Mac Jones from Alabama. He’s a great player, but you will also have the opportunity to draft a quarterback in the second round (Trask) or the third round (Newman, Mond, Ehlinger). But, since we have Derek Carr, there’s no pressure to draft a quarterback at all in this year’s draft.

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With the #17 overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But, Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy. It will certainly be strange having Carr, a very similar type of quarterback, in front of him for a year, but Mac Jones could end up being even better if and when he develops.

Our next pick is in the second round, #48 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #17 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame.

Owusu-Koramoah is the best linebacker in the draft not named Micah Parsons, He’s strong, fast, and has fantastic instincts. Owusu-Koramoah has great speed, as well, frequently being used to cover the slot and as a safety. His tackling isn’t exceptional, but that can be improved. In an NFL where the Will linebacker is becoming more and more of a do-everything player, Owusu-Koramoah is a perfect fit. If we end up moving on from Zach Cunningham or he doesn’t rebound from 2020, then this rookie will be taking over the starting job.

Next up is the #48 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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With the #17 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

Vera-Tucker is one of the safest picks in this year’s draft, playing well both on the inside and outside of the line at USC. His strength on the inside in undeniable, and deserves to be the highest rank guard on many scout’s list. He has fantastic strength, size, a good punch, and usually stays balanced regardless of what’s going on in front of him. The Texans have had substantial trouble cleaning up the inside, and Vera-Tucker will be our first big step into finally patching that side up.

Next up is the #48 overall pick. What do you want to do?

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The best defensive player available is also the best player available overall.

With the #17 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame.

Owusu-Koramoah is the best linebacker in the draft not named Micah Parsons, He’s strong, fast, and has fantastic instincts. Owusu-Koramoah has great speed, as well, frequently being used to cover the slot and as a safety. His tackling isn’t exceptional, but that can be improved. In an NFL where the Will linebacker is becoming more and more of a do-everything player, Owusu-Koramoah is a perfect fit. If we end up moving on from Zach Cunningham or he doesn’t rebound from 2020, then this rookie will be taking over the starting job.

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With the #48 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

Trask, similar to Mac Jones, is not a modern pick in our new dual-threat world, but he is a great quarterback. Trask is not athletic nor does he have a great arm, but he’s ridiculously accurate, has fantastic touch, and decent pocket presence. What separates him from Jones is a few more crummy games and worse decision making and awareness, but he is basically the same player overall. If we can build a team around his strengths (which are likely not much different from Mayfield’s), we could be in great shape.

Next up is the third round, where we hold two picks. Our first pick is #67 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #48 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC.

I considered taking a wide receiver with this pick, but getting our next Pro Bowl back is more important here. Williams is quite possibly the best running back in this draft. He is strong, explosive, and elusive enough to do anything that’s asked of him. He’s even a decent pass cathcer. He’s our new three-down back.

Next up is our first third round selection, #67 overall. What would you like to do?

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The best available offensive player is also the best player overall.

With the #48 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC.

I considered taking a wide receiver with this pick, but getting our next Pro Bowl back is more important here. Williams is quite possibly the best running back in this draft. He is strong, explosive, and elusive enough to do anything that’s asked of him. He’s even a decent pass cathcer. He’s our new three-down back.

Next up is our first third round selection, #67 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #48 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

I like EDGE Azeez Ojulari more here, but because our new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith is more of a 4-3 guy, Ronnie Perkins is better suited for that front. Perkins is a multi-talented edge rusher that has the speed and power to either beat tackles or push them out of the way. He’s effective of making a presence regardless of who’s lined up against him, and frequently flustered opposing quarterbacks. He’s also pretty effective against the run game. He’s an odd player, but has a real shot to be a day one starter in place of J.J. Watt.

Next up is our first third round selection, #67 overall. What would you like to do?

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+14 Points

With the #67 overall pick, the Houston Texans select: Wide Receiver Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU.

Derek Carr need a big body target with some speed to run mid and deep routes, and Terrace Marshall Jr. is just that. He’s 6’4”, runs a 4.5 40, and has the strength to fight off defenders and make contested catches. In cases like these, I like to use the Steelers’ approach to drafting wide receivers since they draft Pro Bowlers at that position literally every year: catching is the most important quality. Marshall can catch, and he has the physical specifications needed to succeed in the NFL. Everything else should fall into place.

Next up is our other draft pick in the third round. Let’s go!

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I believe the best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #67 overall pick, the Houston Texans select: Wide Reciever Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU.

Derek Carr need a big body target with some speed to run mid and deep routes, and Terrace Marshall Jr. is just that. He’s 6’4”, runs a 4.5 40, and has the strength to fight off defenders and make contested catches. In cases like these, I like to use the Steelers’ approach to drafting wide receivers since they draft Pro Bowlers at that position literally every year: catching is the most important quality. Marshall can catch, and he has the physical specifications needed to succeed in the NFL. Everything else should fall into place.

Next up is our other draft pick in the third round. Let’s go!

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+13 Points

With the #67 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Linebacker Nick Bolton, Missouri.

Nick Bolton was a solid all-around middle linebacker for Missouri in 2020, and has the potential to be an NFL starter in time. Solid strength, great vision in tracking the runner through the line, and a great tackler. In time, he may be a great Mike for an NFL defense.

Next up is our other draft pick in the third round. Let’s go!

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Welcome to the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft!

Since we traded with the Jets, we hold the #2 overall pick. Everyone is available except Trevor Lawrence, and we might be able to pick the next Deshaun Watson here. Mac Jones and Kyle Trask will both still be available when we pick again later in the first round (#23), so don’t worry about taking them now if you have your eyes on them. What do you want to do?

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Welcome to the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft!

Since we traded with the Dolphins, we hold the #3 overall pick. Everyone is available except Trevor Lawrence, and we might be able to pick the next Deshaun Watson here. Mac Jones and Kyle Trask will both still be available when we pick again later in the first round (#18), so don’t worry about taking them now if you have your eyes on them. What do you want to do?

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Welcome to the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft!

Since we traded with the Falcons, we hold the #4 overall pick. Everyone is available except Trevor Lawrence, and we might be able to pick the next Deshaun Watson here. But, since we won’t have another pick until the third round, this will be our only chance to get Mac Jones or Kyle Trask. But, if you like some mid-round quarterbacks, they’ll still available down there. What do you want to do?

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Welcome to the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft!

Since we traded with the Bears, we hold the #20 overall pick. Unfortunately, most of the best quarterbacks are already gone. Mac Jones is still available, and we’ll be able to take Kyle Trask in the second round if you prefer him. Or, if you like a mid-round quarterback, they’ll all be available once we hit the third round. What do you want to do?

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+19 Points

With the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Zach Wilson, BYU.

Wilson is an absolutely phenomenal player, and my favorite quarterback in this draft class. He’s strong, ridiculously accurate, has great pocket presence, goes through his reads extremely quickly, can make plays outside the pocket, and even has some athleticism of his own. He’s our next franchise quarterback, and has the talent to take us to the Super Bowl.

Next up is #23 overall. What do you want to do?

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+19 Points

With the #3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Zach Wilson, BYU.

Wilson is an absolutely phenomenal player, and my favorite quarterback in this draft class. He’s strong, ridiculously accurate, has great pocket presence, goes through his reads extremely quickly, can make plays outside the pocket, and even has some athleticism of his own. He’s our next franchise quarterback, and has the talent to take us to the Super Bowl.

Next up is #18 overall. What do you want to do?

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+19 Points

With the #4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Zach Wilson, BYU.

Wilson is an absolutely phenomenal player, and my favorite quarterback in this draft class. He’s strong, ridiculously accurate, has great pocket presence, goes through his reads extremely quickly, can make plays outside the pocket, and even has some athleticism of his own. He’s our next franchise quarterback, and has the talent to take us to the Super Bowl.

Now, we’re going to whole way down to the third round!

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+15 Points

With the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State.

When I study Justin Fields, I am reminded over and over of 2018 Josh Allen. If you wanted to build the ideal quarterback, you’d pick: big body, big arm, accurate, smart, athletic, good pocket presence, can run the ball, improviser. This is what Justin Fields is. But, like Josh Allen, even though he checks all those boxes, he’s still a little rusty around the edges. Give him some time, surround him with good players, and he’s a future MVP.

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With the #3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State.

When I study Justin Fields, I am reminded over and over of 2018 Josh Allen. If you wanted to build the ideal quarterback, you’d pick: big body, big arm, accurate, smart, athletic, good pocket presence, can run the ball, improviser. This is what Justin Fields is. But, like Josh Allen, even though he checks all those boxes, he’s still a little rusty around the edges. Give him some time, surround him with good players, and he’s a future MVP.

Next up is #18 overall. What do you wanna do?

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With the #4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Justin Fields, Ohio State.

When I study Justin Fields, I am reminded over and over of 2018 Josh Allen. If you wanted to build the ideal quarterback, you’d pick: big body, big arm, accurate, smart, athletic, good pocket presence, can run the ball, improviser. This is what Justin Fields is. But, like Josh Allen, even though he checks all those boxes, he’s still a little rusty around the edges. Give him some time, surround him with good players, and he’s a future MVP.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+16 Points

With the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: QB Trey Lance, NDSU.

Trey Lance is one of the most unique quarterback prospects in recent draft history. Not recruited much at all coming out of high school, went to a local FCS college and trained, played 17 college games and absolutely lit up of the conference, and now you have scouts saying he’s the next Kyler Murray or something. Trey Lance certainly has the talent: strength, athleticism, accuracy, speed, touch. He’s just so inexperienced. Maybe in a few years, he’ll use that talent to become a franchise player.

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With the #3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: QB Trey Lance, NDSU.

Trey Lance is one of the most unique quarterback prospects in recent draft history. Not recruited much at all coming out of high school, went to a local FCS college and trained, played 17 college games and absolutely lit up of the conference, and now you have scouts saying he’s the next Kyler Murray or something. Trey Lance certainly has the talent: strength, athleticism, accuracy, speed, touch. He’s just so inexperienced. Maybe in a few years, he’ll use that talent to become a franchise player.

Next up is #18 overall. What do you wanna do?

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+16 Points

With the #4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: QB Trey Lance, NDSU.

Trey Lance is one of the most unique quarterback prospects in recent draft history. Not recruited much at all coming out of high school, went to a local FCS college and trained, played 17 college games and absolutely lit up of the conference, and now you have scouts saying he’s the next Kyler Murray or something. Trey Lance certainly has the talent: strength, athleticism, accuracy, speed, touch. He’s just so inexperienced. Maybe in a few years, he’ll use that talent to become a franchise player.

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+16 Points

With the #2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU.

Ja’Marr Chase is our next DeAndre Hopkins. He is an absolutely amazing player. A freak of an athlete, he has the size, speed, and hands to do literally whatever is asked of him. Any quarterback will look good when he’s on the field.

Next up is #23 overall. What do you want to do?

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+18 Points

With the #3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: T/G Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best with a single pick.

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With the #4 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: T/G Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. In addition to Ezra Cleveland, the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best in a single offseason.

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+16 Points

The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU.

Ja’Marr Chase is our next DeAndre Hopkins. He is an absolutely amazing player. A freak of an athlete, he has the size, speed, and hands to do literally whatever is asked of him. Any quarterback will look good when he’s on the field.

Next up is #23 overall. What do you want to do?

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The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: T/G Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best with a single pick.

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The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: T/G Rashawn Slater, Northwestern.

Slater is an amazing player, and a starter day one. He played both left and right tackle while at Northwestern, and excelled against players like Chase Young. Some scouts see him as a better guard in the NFL, but I believe he can play well literally anywhere on the line. the Texans offensive line went from one of the worst in football to one of the best with a single pick.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+15 Points

With the #2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: CB Caleb Farley, VT.

Farley is the ideal NFL cornerback. Size, speed, hands, tackling ability, you name it. He has everything you could want in a shutdown corner, and he could be our Jalen Ramsey.

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With the #3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: CB Caleb Farley, VT.

Farley is the ideal NFL cornerback. Size, speed, hands, tackling ability, you name it. He has everything you could want in a shutdown corner, and he could be our Jalen Ramsey.

Next up is #18 overall. What do you want to do?

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With the #4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: CB Caleb Farley, VT.

Farley is the ideal NFL cornerback. Size, speed, hands, tackling ability, you name it. He has everything you could want in a shutdown corner, and he could be our Jalen Ramsey.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+11 Points

With the 4th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

This is a reach, but he certainly won’t be available when we pick again in the third round.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy.

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+8 Points

With the 4th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

This is a reach, but he certainly won’t be available at our next pick in the third round.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

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With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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With the #18 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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With the #20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Mac Jones, Alabama.

Jones is not an athlete. He is neither slow nor strong, is not exceptionally big, and isn’t immune from injury. But Mac Jones is an amazing quarterback. He is extremely accurate, has excellent pocket awareness, fantastic vision and decision making skills, and nearly perfect touch. He is a starting quarterback in the NFL, and could very well be our franchise guy.

Next up is the second round, where we hold the #52 overall pick. What would you like to do?

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+8 Points

With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

This is a reach, but he certainly won’t be available at our next pick in the third round.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

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With the 18th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

This is a reach, but he certainly won’t be available at our next pick in the third round.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

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+17 Points

With the #26 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the second round, #52 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

With the #18 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC.

We need help at guard, and Vera-Tucker could be the guy we’ve been looking for. He is a fantastic guard, and even played well at tackle last year. He’s, quick, strong, has a solid set and punch, and can recover when he’s beat. He’s not a perfect prospect, opening up his side occasionally, but these are not too frequent. As long as he doesn’t fall off a cliff when entering the NFL, he’ll be a pro-bowl guard for years to come.

Our next pick is in the second round, #52 overall. What would you like to do?

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With the #23 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Jaycee Horn, South Carolina.

Jaycee Horn could very well be the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL draft. He has the size and length of Patrick Surtain II, the speed and instincts of Caleb Farley, and a ceiling potentially higher than both. He has great hands, get off speed, and coverage abilities. He’s our future #1 cornerback, and has the potential to be the next shutdown player we’ve been hunting for.

Next up is the third round, let’s go!

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+16 Points

With the #18 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Jaycee Horn, South Carolina.

Jaycee Horn could very well be the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL draft. He has the size and length of Patrick Surtain II, the speed and instincts of Caleb Farley, and a ceiling potentially higher than both. He has great hands, get off speed, and coverage abilities. He’s our future #1 cornerback, and has the potential to be the next shutdown player we’ve been hunting for.

Next up is the third round, let’s go!

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With the #20 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Cornerback Jaycee Horn, South Carolina.

Jaycee Horn could very well be the best cornerback in the 2021 NFL draft. He has the size and length of Patrick Surtain II, the speed and instincts of Caleb Farley, and a ceiling potentially higher than both. He has great hands, get off speed, and coverage abilities. He’s our future #1 cornerback, and has the potential to be the next shutdown player we’ve been hunting for.

Next up is the second round, where we hold the #52 overall pick. What would you like to do?

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With the #52 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Quarterback Kyle Trask, Florida.

Kyle Trask had a fantastic final collegiate season at Florida, and had similar numbers to 2019 Joe Burrow until the bitter end. Trask, like Burrow, is not athletic nor possesses great arm strength, but his accuracy, touch, and decision making are all great. Now, it’s time to enter the third round.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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+17 Points

With the #52 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC

Williams is possibly the best running back in this draft, and simply can’t be passed up if he falls this far. I know everyone is hot on Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but Williams has everything they have and more. He’s got power, vision, trucking ability, and the elusiveness to make people miss in tight spaces. He can even be a receiving threat to an extent. He’s our three-down back from day one until his legs give out, and will give Russell Wilson tons of help.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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The best available offensive player is also the best player available overall.

With the #56 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select: Running Back Javonte Williams, UNC

Williams is possibly the best running back in this draft, and simply can’t be passed up if he falls this far. I know everyone is hot on Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but Williams has everything they have and more. He’s got power, vision, trucking ability, and the elusiveness to make people miss in tight spaces. He can even be a receiving threat to an extent. He’s our three-down back from day one until his legs give out, and will give Russell Wilson tons of help.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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With the #52 overall pick, there’s plenty of good defensive starters available, but I’m going to try and pick the player that has the most potential based on their talent. At this point, I think the defensive player with the highest ceiling at this point in the draft is EDGE Jayson Oweh from Penn State. Oweh didn’t have a fantastic collegiate career, but his size and athleticism were on full display when he made plays. He started as a linebacker, but slowly worked his way into a pass-rushing role because of his motor and strength. A multi-talented player that has the potential to be a starter at either defensive end or linebacker in the NFL.

Next up is the third round. Let’s go!

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By some miracle, you have convinced Deshaun Watson to stay and play for the Texans. With this move alone, you’ve won the hearts of all Texans fans worldwide. Now, it’s time to move on to free agency and then the draft.

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Welcome to the end! You made it through the offseason! As the 2021 season begins, are your Texans ready to make a run to the Super Bowl, or did play conservative at every turn as you plan to tank? Now’s the time to look over your roster and tally up your points to see how well you really did. Here’s how your 2021 season will go depending on how many points you scored:

0-49 Points: Terrible season. This was either an intentional tank job or some major mistakes were made during the offseason. (0-4 wins)

50-75 Points: Mediocre season. This team showed flashes here and there, but are still just a few major pieces away from ever making noise in the playoffs. (5-7 wins)

75-90 Points: Decent season. All things, considered, we did pretty good this year. We have a solid foundation of players, and with a couple more additions could be playoff bound in 2022. (8-9 wins)

90-100 Points: Good Season. We made the playoffs! We have several legitimately great players that can absolutely guide us to several winning seasons in the coming years. The future is bright. (10-11 wins)

100-105 Points: Great Season. We won the division! We won a playoff game! We’re just a piece or two away from winning it all! You did great your first year on the job! (11-13 wins + playoff win)

105+ Points: Championship Season. We won the Super Bowl! How in the world did we go from 4-12 and swimming with drama to winning the Super Bowl?! You made absolutely perfect moves the entire offseason, and could not have possibly done a better job. (12-17 wins + Super Bowl Victory)

Let us know your roster, your score, and your thoughts on this interactive text-adventure in the comments below! Thank you!

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