Building The Defense Through All Three Levels

Texans Mock Draft Scenario – Three Picks on Night One

The Texans absolutely want to give Davis Mills every chance of realising his potential but this draft consists of depth at the interior offensive-line & a basic analysis of the draft show skill players at – tail-back and wide-receiver – can be found in abundance after the first round.

Across the next three drafts Caserio needs to extract maximum value for the Texans, if they are to build a roster that has talent collectively, developing together with continuity, an imperative for a performing defensive unit. The ability to stack talented players will be required to help balance that over-indexed turnover ratio achieved in 2021, if they are to avoid significant regression.

2022 NFL Draft – Round 1 Mock

  • 1st Overall – Jacksonville Jaguars – Aiden Hutchison – Edge – Michigan
  • 2nd Overall – New York Jets (Trade) – Kayvon Thibodeaux – Edge – Oregon

3rd Overall:

Houston Texans

Kyle Hamilton -Safety/Hybrid

Notre Dame

Hamilton is a unique prospect who can impact the defense on any play. His range, transitional, down-hill quickness, play recognition and football IQ are a rare blend. His wonky 40 times don’t translate to tape, his playing speed & fluidity is clear to see. Creating an identity is vital for the Texans. Does he fit the traditional tampa-2 system? Not necessarily, but not finding a role for a unicorn of a player, would say more about the coaching staff than it would the player. Hamilton is a ‘cannot pass-up’ prospect who is albeit a Rolls-Royce type-pick but any team would be lucky to have this future star, who could play 4 positions across the defense.

  • 4th Overall – Detroit Lions – Sauce Gardner – Cornerback – Cincinnati
  • 5th Overall – New York Giants – Ekem Ikwonu – Offensive Tackle – North Carolina State
  • 6th Overall – Carolina Panthers – Evan Neal – Offensive Tackle – Alabama
  • 7th Overall – New York Giants – Jermaine Johnson III – Edge – Florida State
  • 8th Overall – Atlanta Falcons – Travon Walker – Edge – Georgia
  • 9th Overall – Seattle Seahawks – Malik Willis – Quarterback – Liberty
  • 10th Overall – New York Jets – Garrett Wilson – Wide Receiver – Ohio State
  • 11th Overall – Washington Commanders – Trent McDuffie – Cornerback – Washington St.
  • 12th Overall – Minnesota Vikings – Derek Stingley Jr – Cornerback – LSU

13th Overall:

Houston Texans

George Karlaftis – Edge


It would be remiss to disregard the Texans affixation on culture fits & Karlaftis checks those boxes. He’s relatively young in football-terms but his flashes in passing downs & against the run, give evaluators enough to be excited about that his best football lies ahead. His size at 266lbs/6’4″ also gives interior rush possibilities. He already fits the mold of a NFL lineman, it would be up to Jacque Cesaire &the defensive coaching staff to refine his processing of his hand-fighting technique to complement the already refined relentless motor/athleticism. Karlaftis, for his frame, can bend the edge surprisingly well but for every Wisconsin or Notre Dame tape, there is a Michigan State or Ohio State sprinkled in there. He posses a risk but also a huge potential pay-off type prospect, considering who’s come off the board at this stage.

  • 14th Overall – Buffalo Bills – Kaiir Elam – Cornerback – Florida
  • 15th Overall – Philadelphia Eagles – Devonte Wyatt – Defensive Tackle – Georgia
  • 16th Overall – Philadelphia Eagles – Devin Lloyd – Linebacker – Utah
  • 17th Overall – L.A. Chargers – Charles Cross – Offensive Tackle -Mississippi State
  • 18th Overall – New Orleans – Trevor Penning – Offensive Tackle – Northern Iowa
  • 19th Overall – Philadelphia Eagles – Andrew Booth – Cornerback – Clemson
  • 20th Overall – Pittsburgh Steelers – Kenny Pickett – Quarterback – Pittsburgh
  • 21st Overall – Kansas City Chiefs (Trade) – Jameson Williams – Wide Receivers – Alabama
  • 22nd Overall – Green Bay Packers – Drake London – Wide Receiver – USC
  • 23rd Overall – Arizona Cardinals – Jordan Davis – Defensive Tackle – Georgia
  • 24th Overall – Dallas Cowboys – Treylon Burks – Wide Receivers – Arkansas
  • 25th Overall – Baltimore Ravens (Trade)- Tyler Linderbaum – Guard/Centre – Iowa
  • 26th Overall – Tennessee Titans – Chris Olave – Wide Receiver – Ohio State
  • 27th Overall – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Zion Johnson – Guard – Boston College
  • 28th Overall – Green Bay Packers – Arnold Ebiketie – Edge – Penn State
  • 29th Overall – Kansas City – Cameron Thomas – Edge – San Diego State
  • 30th Overall – New York Giants (Trade) – Kenyon Green – Guard/Tackle – Texas A&M

The Texans Trade the 37th Overall Pick, 107th Overall Pick, 183rd Pick & 208th Pick
For Cincinnati’s 31st Overall Pick & 136th Overall Pick

31st Overall:

Houston Texans

Nakobe Dean – Linebacker


Trading up in the draft, was exhibited by Caserio last year, whilst Dean is a top 15-talent, he feasibly falls due to being undersized and his positional value. So trading back into the 1st round, to get the 5th year option on a player who slips is a viable option. Dean was the leader of that Georgia defense who can stay on the field for all three-downs. Added to his explosive play ability to attack the ball carrier, he can cover tight-ends and running backs on passing downs. A true day-1 MIKE-linebacker who could take a commanding role in the Texans defense very early on.

  • 32nd Overall – Detroit Lions – David Ojabo – Edge – Michigan

The lack of faces to dawn the season tickets books was a question that was asked of Caserio, post the Watson trade. Picking up three day-one starters with a full season to grow before the team becomes competitive again, would certainly be a start to laying the foundations of a defensive unit in need of talent.

Credit to the UK NFL Fans Mock Draft who providing the picks, follow the full 7-rounds of the draft on Twitter:

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