Texans must make most in full 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft

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Given the narrative that has surrounded the Houston Texans this offseason, one can begin to lose a bit of context regarding the recent on-field trajectory of the franchise. The fact remains that, entering the 2020 season that would prove to be Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s swan song in Houston, the Texans were fresh off a 2019 campaign that saw the team win 11 games, the AFC South, and a home playoff game before falling to the eventual Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

At this time a year ago, the Texans could boast 5 winning records over their previous 6 seasons, with 4 division titles and a pair of postseason victories over the same stretch. While any discussion about the Texans’ future is certain to center around the fate of star quarterback Deshaun Watson in Houston, and while the situation has only grown more fraught, I am going to forego any crystal ball-gazing and focus on the team roster in its current form.

Could help be on the horizon for the Texans?

In Houston’s quest to return to their recent status as perennial postseason participants, they will do so from the baseline of a team that finished 4-12 in 2020, a team which ranked in the low-middle portion of the league in points scored, and which finished near the bottom of the league’s 32 teams in terms of points allowed.

The good news is that Houston does have some draft capital with which to work in the 2020 NFL Draft.  Despite not owning a pick in the draft’s first two rounds, the Texans nonetheless have 8 selections at their disposal in next month’s proceedings. Follow along as we examine potential fits for each of the team’s eight scheduled selections, beginning with pick 233.

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