Houston Texans NFL Draft: If picks don't work out, 'you guys can blame me,' Caserio jokes


As Nick Caserio gets ready for his second draft as the general manager of the Houston Texans, his weekend will look very different than it did a year ago. In 2021, Caserio didn't have a first- or second-round pick to work with, both gone after former GM and coach Bill O'Brien sent them to the Miami Dolphins in the trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. This year, the Texans have five picks in the top 80 and seven in the top 108. In each of the past two drafts, Houston made only two picks in the top 108 and finished the draft with five picks total. The Texans enter the 2022 draft with 11 draft picks, including two in the first round (No. 3 and No. 13). Houston's increased draft capital is because Caserio traded quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns, getting three first-round picks (2022, '23 and '24) as part of the package in return for the Pro Bowl quarterback.