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The Texans wheeled and dealed throughout the draft. Did they get substantially better?

Texans GM Nick Caserio made eight trades over three days to jockey for position in the draft. We review who the club wound up with.


The Houston Texans selected Quarterback C.J. Stroud 2nd overall and linebacker Will Anderson Jr. 3rd overall in the 2023 NFL draft.


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Say what you will about Houston Texans GM Nick Caserio–he's engaged during the NFL draft. The Houston general manager made eight trades during this year's draft, moving up, moving down, swapping picks this year and next.

When the dust settled, the Texans made nine selections, including the #2 and #3 overall picks, they got their quarterback in C.J. Stroud from Ohio State, the consensus best defensive player in linebacker Will Anderson, Jr. from Alabama, Penn State guard Juice Scruggs, the University of Houston's own wideout Tank Dell, plus TCU defensive end Dylan Horton, Anderson's fellow Alabama linebacker Henry To'oTo'O, Notre Dame center Jarrett Patterson, Iowa State wide receive Xavier Hutchinson, and Pitt defensive back Brandon Hill.

Some will play right away, some will slot in somewhere on the depth chart, and some, well, you never know...

In the audio above, Houston Press writer and Bleav in Astros podcast co-host Jeff Balke joins us to break down the Texans' draft.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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