Another week over, another loss on the record, another (well a lot of other) embarrassing things cast at the feet of Houston Texans fandom by ownership, management, and the coaching staff. At least we’re at the halfway mark and this not-so-merry go round will stop spinning soon...we hope.
Last weekend saw the hapless New York Jets bumble their way into a second win, leaving Houston, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins as the only one win teams in the NFL. The Detroit Lions are still circling the drain, as always, with a giant goose egg in the win column, making them the frontrunner for the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. No matter how bad it gets as a Texans fan, at least we don’t have the Lions’ organizational ineptitude to deal with down in our pit of collective sorrow.
In the 1950s, the Lions enjoyed their finest years ever with four divisional titles and three league championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957. Stars of those glittering teams, whose annual showdowns against the archrival Cleveland Browns fascinated the pro football world, included such future Pro Football Hall of Famers as quarterback Bobby Layne, running back Doak Walker, tackle-guard Lou Creekmur and safety Jack Christiansen.
That’s right...Lions fans are enduring their 64th year of a rebuild. Conceivably, there are thousands of Lions fans born and deceased in that 64-year window. At least Texans fans have only been watching this for a far less life-consuming period. Meanwhile, back in ‘something-we-actually-care-about-ville.’ your Houston Texans are inching closer to the coveted top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
2022 NFL Draft Order
1-7 · .565
Biggest needs: QB, WR, CB
Week 9 opponent: at Dolphins
CG: Take your pick when it comes to draft needs in Houston, but the cornerback position is a dire one. So far, a handful of free agents-to-be have done little to inspire a new contract from the Texans.
That’s right, the Texans face the Dolphins next in Draft Bowl 2021. One of these teams have to prove they’re more inept than the other - my money is on Jack McEasterby and the Culley Culture Crew. How about you?
2 - Houston - record 1-7, Win% .125, Strength of Schedule .492, Streak: Lost 7
3. Houston Texans (1-6)
Average draft position: 3.2
FPI chance to earn No. 1 pick: 24.5%
FPI chance to earn top-five pick: 85.8%
1 - Detroit Lions, 0-7
2 - Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami, 1-6)
3 - Houston Texans, 1-6
1. Detroit (0-8)
2. Houston (1-7)
Despite the higher pick, mock drafts seem to believe the Houston brass is somehow sold on Davis Mills as the next franchise quarterback and have the Texans spending their first pick at other positions.
2022 NFL Mock Draft
MOCK DRAFT MONDAY— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 1, 2021
1. Lions: Kayvon Thibodeaux, Oregon
2. Texans: Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan
5. Washington: Matt Corral, Ole Misshttps://t.co/y6dYRALRhD
No matter what anyone believes about Mills, he’s still not a first round talent.
Round 1 - Pick 3 - HOUSTON
LSU • JR • 6’1” / 195 LBS
The Texans’ defense has been replacement-level this season, according to Football Outsiders, but the secondary could use an infusion of youth, especially with Desmond King and Vernon Hargreaves possibly entering free agency after the season. Stingley is CB1, even if he doesn’t play another snap for LSU this season.
While there’s a growing vocal minority claiming Stingley Jr. is not only overrated but also injury prone, he certainly can’t be as bad as Lonnie Johnson Jr. or Vernon Hargreaves III, right?
3. Houston Texans
Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan (6-6, 265 pounds)
The Texans need to replace the high-energy of J.J. Watt on their pass rush and run defense. They can tap into the Big Ten again for the ideal 4-3 defensive prospect who has smashing it for the Wolverines, taking over games by getting into the backfield often. Hutchinson uses great technique and strength to rack up sacks (5 in 7 games).
Maybe Houston does need to stick with a safer bet and grab Hutchinson.
You can hold Aidan Hutchinson all you want, he’s still going to get to the QB— Boom or Bust: The Draft Show (@BoomOrBustDraft) October 30, 2021
Top. Five. Pick. pic.twitter.com/C4X1H44Y9M
Aidan Hutchinson this season:— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 30, 2021
〽 92.6 pass-rush grade (3rd)
〽 22 pressure rate (2nd)
〽 29% win rate (3rd) pic.twitter.com/d0QH0p1O8v
Another week of Aidan Hutchinson terrorizing an OL pic.twitter.com/o6KHRKQ2il— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) October 27, 2021
Halfway home, halfway to the 2022 NFL Draft, halfway to the Texans’ brass screwing this up too. Or maybe not? Only time will tell.