There's a new leader in the HoustonTexans.com Mock Draft Tracker.
A week after the Reese's Senior Bowl concluded and a day following the Los Angeles Rams winning a Super Bowl title over the Bengals, a shakeup in predictions has occurred for the Texans.
Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux was mocked to Houston by 10 different experts in the latest round of mock drafts. From 34 of the more prominent mock drafts, Thibodeaux garnered the most selections to Houston. With six overall apiece, Alabama OL Evan Neal and Notre Dame DB Kyle Hamilton were next in line. Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson was mocked five times to the Texans, while LSU CB Derek Stingley, Jr. and NC State OL Ikem Ekwonu each were mocked three times to Houston.
Thibodeaux was a unanimous All-American last fall, and in three years with Oregon he logged 19 sacks. The 6-5, 258-pounder was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2019, a year after being named the USA Today High School Football Defensive Player of the Year.
The Texans own nine selections in the 2022 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 28 in Las Vegas. Of those nine picks, four are in the first 80 overall, as Houston owns a first and second-round pick and a pair of third-rounders as well.
General Manager Nick Caserio said in a January press conference it's "a whole separate discussion" whether or not the Texans would actually stay in the third overall spot or trade back for more picks.
The only other time in franchise history Houston picked third overall, they selected WR Andre Johnson.
|MEDIA OUTLET||PLAYER||LAST UPDATED|
|CBS SPORTS (RYAN WILSON)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||2/14/2022|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS (PETE FIUTAK)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||2/14/2022|
|NFL.COM (CYNTHIA FRELUND)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||2/11/2022|
|USA TODAY (LUKE EASTERLING)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||2/9/2022|
|THE DRAFT NETWORK (JOE MARINO)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||2/9/2022|
|THE DRAFT NETWORK (KEITH SANCHEZ)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||1/31/2022|
|PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK (IAN CUMMINGS)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||1/28/2022|
|NFL MEDIA (BUCKY BROOKS)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||1/25/2022|
|THE ATHLETIC (DANE BRUGLER)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||1/19/2022|
|NEW YORK POST (STEVE SERBY)||DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON||1/15/2022|
|PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (MICHAEL RENNER)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||2/14/2022|
|DRAFT COUNTDOWN (SHANE HALLAM)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||2/7/2022|
|FTN FANTASY (MATTHEW FREEDMAN)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||2/1/2022|
|NEWSDAY (NICK KLOPSIS)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||1/24/2022|
|ESPN (MEL KIPER, JR.)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||1/19/2022|
|PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (AUSTIN GAYLE)||OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA||1/17/2022|
|THE DRAFT SCOUT (MATT MILLER)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||2/14/2022|
|CBS SPORTS (KYLE STACKPOLE)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||2/5/2022|
|PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (SAM MONSON)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||1/31/2022|
|PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (TREVOR SIKKEMA)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||1/24/2022|
|THE DRAFT NETWORK (BRYAN PEREZ)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||1/24/2022|
|NFL MEDIA (DANIEL JEREMIAH)||S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME||1/21/2022|
|BLEACHER REPORT (SCOUTING DEPT.)||DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN||2/14/2022|
|THE DRAFT NETWORK (BRENTLEY WEISSMAN)||DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN||2/14/2022|
|SI.COM (ZACK PATRAW)||DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN||2/8/2022|
|PFF.COM (SETH GALINA)||DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN||2/7/2022|
|ESPN.COM (JORDAN REID)||DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN||2/7/2022|
|CBS SPORTS (CHRIS TRAPASSO)||CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU||2/9/2022|
|NFL.COM (LANCE ZIERLEIN)||CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU||2/8/2022|
|THE DRAFT NETWORK (KYLE CRABBS)||CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU||1/20/2022|
|ATHLON SPORTS (BRYAN FISCHER)||OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE||2/14/2022|
|SPORTING NEWS (VINNIE IYER)||OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE||2/13/2022|
|CBS SPORTS (JOSH EDWARDS)||OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE||2/10/2022|
|FOX SPORTS (JASON MCINTYRE)||QB MATT CORRAL, OLE MISS||1/12/2022|
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