2024 NFL Draft Grades: Houston Texans

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror, and we have compiled a consensus ranking using NFL draft grades from a variety of sites.

What draft grades have the media given to the Houston Texans? What are they saying about the Texans' 2024 draft haul?

NFL.com - Grade: A-

Day 1 grade: A
Day 2 grade: B
Day 3 grade: A

Analysis: Houston built on the momentum from last season's playoff run with a strong 2024 draft plan. The pre-draft trade with Minnesota to move out of the No. 23 overall slot -- and out of Round 1 entirely -- netted the Texans a 2025 second-rounder and didn't prevent them from addressing a roster sore spot with Lassiter. The Vikings used their original second-round pick on Fisher, who still needs more polish to his game. Time will tell whether Bullock was the right pick over the numerous other safeties still on the board.

Stover was an excellent choice in Round 4. He'll be reunited with C.J. Stroud, who frequently leaned on the tight end on third downs when the two were teammates at Ohio State. Hill should be a special teams demon. Acquiring veteran running back Joe Mixon for a seventh-round pick earlier this offseason also factors into the grade above.

ESPN - Grade: B+

Top needs entering the draft: Cornerback, defensive tackle, offensive line

For a team without a first-round pick -- the Texans traded theirs to the Vikings in March in a deal that saw them add a 2025 second-rounder, among other selections -- Houston had a nice Friday. It filled a void at cornerback with Kamari Lassiter (42), who might have been a first-rounder if he was a little faster. He consistently locked down corners at Georgia and allowed 2.8 yards per attempt as a primary defender in coverage last season, which ranked third in the FBS. Offensive tackle Blake Fisher (59) had a chance to be a first-rounder in 2025 if he had returned to Notre Dame. As the Fighting Irish's right tackle the past two seasons, he was a little inconsistent, but the tools are there to be an NFL starter.

The Texans used their extra fourth-rounder to move up in Round 3 to take safety Calen Bullock (78), who had nine interceptions in college and who can play as a center fielder in the NFL. Houston ranked 29th in yards per pass attempt allowed (7.7) last season, so this fits a need area. Tight end Cade Stover (123) made my favorites list; he has flown under the radar but has soft hands and can find open spots in coverage.

Houston GM Nick Caserio pulled off a solid, if unspectacular, class for what he had to work with this weekend.

MORE: Houston Texans 2024 NFL Draft Roundup


Houston Texans Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, we will update our Houston Texans Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Houston Texans from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Houston Texans:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (2/28)

23. Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Houston is without its own Round 1 selection due to the trade up for Will Anderson Jr. from last April, but it has this pick as part of the Deshaun Watson deal from 2022. And even though the Texans are coming off a season that featured a surprising playoff win, I see clear needs for them in the front seven on defense and along the offensive line. So with Laremy Tunsil holding down the left tackle position, Guyton could step in at right tackle, where he started 14 games for the Sooners.

As I wrote in my Big Board rankings, 6-7, 327-pound Guyton is physically what NFL teams want in a future Pro Bowl-caliber right tackle. He moves like a tight end (he used to play there). He has a ton of natural talent, although he doesn't have as much experience as the tackles likely to be taken ahead of him. For a team that ranked 29th in yards per rush attempt on offense (3.7) last season, Guyton could be an excellent addition.

The Athletic - CFB Writers (2/27)

23. Troy Fautanu, IOL, Washington

The Texans would be wise to invest in the protection of quarterback C.J. Stroud after their line dealt with injuries throughout his rookie season. The 6-foot-4, 317-pound Fautanu developed into an All-Pac-12 starter at left tackle for the Huskies but has also played left guard and looks capable of moving inside. According to Pro Football Focus, Fautanu allowed just two sacks on 1,231 snaps in pass protection during his two seasons playing in front of Michael Penix Jr. It's tempting to go D-line with this pick, as many are projecting, but Fautanu's presence can help a young Pro Bowl QB (and his run game) get even better. — Olson

MORE: Continue reading our 2024 Houston Texans Mock Draft Roundup


2023 NFL Power Rankings: Houston Texans

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 18 roundup for the Houston Texans in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 11

Biggest offseason contract to watch: DE Jonathan Greenard

Greenard has played to a high level in a contract year, with 12.5 sacks. Defensive ends who can rush the passer and register over 10 sacks can usually earn over $15 million per year, especially when they're only 26 years old. He leads the Texans in quarterback hits (22), tackles for loss (15) and sacks. Texans coach DeMeco Ryans' defense is built around the defensive line, so it would behoove the organization to pay Greenard to pair him with Will Anderson Jr. -- DJ Bien-Aime

NFL.com -- Rank: 11

C.J. Stroud returned to action Sunday, and all was right in the world. He'll march into Lucas Oil Stadium this Saturday night, in his biggest game since he and Ohio State lost to Georgia in the Peach Bowl one year ago, with a chance to lead his Texans into the postseason (and possibly to an AFC South title) as a rookie. But it's going to have to be more than just about Stroud. The last time the Texans faced the Colts, Stroud threw for 384 yards -- and lost. A whole season has unfolded since then (Anthony Richardson started that game for Indy), as Houston was struggling with its offensive line and run game at the time. So Week 18 will feel like a completely different matchup, I suspect, especially if the Texans can get healthy. Will Anderson Jr. returned Sunday with a timely two-sack performance. Getting sack leader Jonathan Greenard and DT Maliek Collins back on the field would be big developments.

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2023 NFL Predictions: AFC South

Before the start of the season, we will post NFL division-by-division predictions for the 2023 NFL regular season and postseason.

Instead of projecting an outright winner and loser in all 272 regular-season games, we've assigned a win probability to each team in every game and totaled them up.

The four AFC South teams are projected to win the fewest games combined among the four AFC divisions, and only the NFC West is projected to win fewer combined games than the AFC South in our full-season projections.

See where the Texans stand in our 2023 AFC South Predictions


2023 Fantasy Football Projections: Houston Texans

Our Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2023 fantasy football projections for the Houston Texans.

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QUARTERBACKS

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDPoints
C.J. Stroud524.7327.93646.718.8914.1744.3181.61.33219.23
Davis Mills33.521.1224.51.190.995.314.80.1113.9

C.J. Stroud: Stroud has consistently earned praise from his coaches and teammates throughout the offseason. Unsurprisingly, he's been officially named the Week 1 starter against the Baltimore Ravens. An accurate passer when given time in the pocket at Ohio State, Stroud consistently made plays outside of structure against the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff. He's off the fantasy radar in single-QB redraft leagues, but he should increase the overall efficiency of Houston's offense in 2023.

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Houston Texans: 2023 NFL Schedule

Below you will find the weekly NFL regular-season schedule for the Houston Texans in 2023.

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WeekDateOpponentTime (ET) / Tickets
Week 1Sun., Sep. 10at Baltimore RavensL 25-9
Week 2Sun., Sep. 17vs. Indianapolis ColtsL 31-20
Week 3Sun., Sep. 24at Jacksonville JaguarsW 37-17
Week 4Sun., Oct. 1vs. Pittsburgh SteelersW 30-6
Week 5Sun., Oct. 8at Atlanta FalconsL 21-19
Week 6Sun., Oct. 15vs. New Orleans SaintsW 20-13
Week 7BYE
Week 8Sun., Oct. 29at Carolina PanthersL 15-13
Week 9Sun., Nov. 5vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersW 39-27
Week 10Sun., Nov. 12at Cincinnati BengalsW 30-27
Week 11Sun., Nov. 19vs. Arizona CardinalsW 21-16
Week 12Sun., Nov. 26vs. Jacksonville JaguarsL 24-21
Week 13Sun., Dec. 3vs. Denver BroncosW 22-17
Week 14Sun., Dec. 10at New York JetsL 30-6
Week 15Sun., Dec. 17at Tennessee TitansW 19-16 (OT)
Week 16Sun., Dec. 24vs. Cleveland BrownsL 36-22
Week 17Sun., Dec. 31vs. Tennessee TitansW 26-3
Week 18Sat., Jan. 6at Indianapolis ColtsW 23-19

MORE: Houston Texans historical W-L records - Houston Texans historical head-to-head records

Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)

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Houston Texans - 2024 Draft Results

The table below are all of the 2024 NFL Draft picks selected by the Houston Texans.

RoundOverallPlayerPositionSchool
242Kamari LassiterCBGeorgia
259Blake FisherOTNotre Dame
378Calen BullockSUSC
4123Cade StoverTEOhio State
6188Jamal HillLBOregon
6205Jawhar JordanRBLouisville
7238Solomon BoydEDGEUSC
7247Marcus HarrisDTAuburn
7249LaDarius HendersonGMichigan

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