Houston Texans 2022 Mock Draft: Best Player Available Approach

Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Michigan EDGE Aidan Hutchinson. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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Houston Texans, Davis Mills, 2022 NFL Draft
Houston Texans, Davis Mills. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The Houston Texans will likely have a top five pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, and in this mock, they draft top talent early over a quarterback.

After a shocking win to start the season, the Houston Texans are back near the top of the 2022 NFL Draft order. They’ve been sellers ahead of the trade deadline, dealing both Mark Ingram and Charles Omenihu for future late round picks. Combine that with finally having a first round pick after the deal for Laremy Tunsil, and the Texans should be able to start rebuilding.

Quarterback is on everyone’s mind in Houston, and the DeShaun Watson saga is still ongoing. Rookie Davis Mills has flashed at times this season, but his overall performance has been a roller coaster. Still, in a quarterback class like the 2022 one, Houston shouldn’t force the issue early.

Houston Texans Mock Draft

Instead, building a roster full of young talent would be the way to attack the draft. There are so many players on one-year deals that it’s impossible to know who could be back for another season. Let’s sort some things out with a fresh Houston Texans mock draft.

Round 1, 2nd Overall: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan

In a draft full of top defensive talent, the Texans opt to go in that direction with the second overall pick. Jon Greenard has been a bright spot on the Houston defense, but finding another pass rusher to work opposite him is a good idea.

Aidan Hutchinson has enjoyed a rise so far up draft boards during the 2021 season. In eight games in 2021, Hutchinson has seven tackles for loss and six sacks, and has been a nightmare for opposing offensive lines. His athleticism and quickness off the ball are tough to handle, and he’s shown good hand usage as well. The athletic testing should be stellar for Hutchinson when the combine rolls around. Length could be his one issue, but overall, he’s a stud worth a top five selection.