Round 4, 107th Overall: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State
The linebacker position is one of need for the Houston Texans, especially after letting Zach Cunningham go midseason in 2021. The linebacker group in the 2022 NFL Draft is a deep one, and the Texans take a chance on the traits of Brandon Smith. Smith, like most Penn State prospects, tested unbelievably well. If he can clean up tackling and processing, which is a tall order, he can make an early impact.
Round 4, 108th Overall: Marquis Hayes, OL, Oklahoma
While tackle is believed to be set for the Texans, the interior is still a work in progress. Marquis Hayes has a mean streak on the interior, and he can be an instant impact pass protector in year one. Don’t be surprised if he starts for the Texans if he is indeed a selection.
Round 5, 170th Overall: Kalon Barnes, CB, Baylor
Why not double down at the corner spot if you’re Houston? Yes, Gardner is a fantastic selection, but there’s still an opening on the other side. Why not try out a guy who has insane speed in Kalon Barnes? He’s sticky in coverage working vertically and flashes the ball skills and elevation at the catch point.
Round 6, 205th Overall: Cordell Volson, OL, North Dakota State
Yes, we’re not messing around along the offensive line. Cordell Volson likely moves to the interior at the next level, but he’s another one with impressive skills as a pass protector, from strong hands, placement, and footwork.
Round 6, 207th Overall: Jaivon Heiligh, WR, Coastal Carolina
The Texans round things out at 207 after trading away pick 245 to the Patriots, and they add another pass catcher to the room in Jaivon Heiligh. Heiligh is a smooth route runner who can sink his hips and stay efficient through his breaks, and he has strong hands to be a possession guy and chain mover.