The Houston Texans enter Friday night, the second day of the 2021 NFL draft, ready to make their first selection.
The Texans won’t get to do so until Round 3 at No. 67 overall. By that point, some premium talent will have come off the board.
Nevertheless, general manager Nick Caserio and director of college scouting James Liipfert have done their homework to ensure the the Texans maximize their value in the third round.
“Our staff, James Liipfert and his staff and our area scouts, we have done a lot of work,” said Caserio. “We have done a lot of information. Again, when you’re watching a team, you might think, ‘Okay, this player is going to get picked in the first however many picks.’ But when you’re watching that team and evaluating that school, it’s not like you’re going to go through your evaluation process and say, ‘well, we don’t have a first or second round pick, this player is not going to be there, so we are not going to worry about him.’ It’s kind of negligent or irresponsible.”
Here are four picks the Texans need to take if they are at No. 67 overall.