Leading up to the NFL Draft, SIS will be publishing team previews for those with Top 10 picks in the draft. Each preview will look at the players who most make sense for that team at that selection based on stats and scouting factors and will include quotes from that player’s scouting report.
You can find more than 300 scouting reports and much more team analysis at our NFL Draft website.
The State of the Texans:
The Texans enter 2023 with their third head coach in three years with DeMeco Ryans returning to the franchise. The Texans are looking to have similar success in rookie production to last season when they got top performances by Jalen Pitre, Derek Stingley Jr. and Dameon Pierce. They are well underway in revamping and rebuilding their offense in hope of landing one of the top QBs in the 2023 draft.
However, if the Texans do not believe their starting QB is there, they will have a plethora of options in the class that will be able to provide instant impact on the field.
Young’s accuracy, awareness, and steadily poised demeanor make him a good starting-level QB, and don’t allow his size concerns to affect his ability to be a true playmaker on the field.
The Texans have spent the offseason loading up and building for a young QB to come in. If the Panthers take any other player at No. 1, the Texans pick up someone whose poise, leadership, and accuracy will be a constant for their offense.
Stroud has the makings of a high-level NFL starter due to his spot-on accuracy, pocket management, and ability to perform in clutch situations assuming he develops his decision making under pressure.
Stroud has accuracy and clutch ability to be a long term leader on the offensive side of the ball. We have Young ahead of Stroud in our QB rankings (click here to see them) but both are graded at 6.9, as solid starting quarterbacks within two seasons, just a little bit away from being high-end performers.
Will Anderson Jr. – ED – Alabama
Anderson has impressed from his first game at Alabama to his last as a deadly pass rusher and strong run defender, and he has everything it takes to be a top-end EDGE at the next level.
If neither QB is at the top of the Texans draft board, Will Anderson is the best overall prospect and has proven himself as a consistent and dominant edge defender. His top-end skill set could make him a mainstay on the defensive line.
Tyree Wilson – ED – Texas Tech
Wilson is a long, strong power rusher who can rush the quarterback and defend the run, but a lack of speed and agility may be traits that hold him back early in his career.
Wilson would certainly be a shock to the draft landscape here, but he has all of the skills necessary to be a disruptive and productive rusher for the Texans. His length and power will certainly make him a Day 1 starter.
To learn more about the Texans and their needs, visit their team page on our NFL Draft website here.