Safety or O-line? | Mock Draft Survey, 3.0

If the majority of mock drafters are right, the Texans will take an Alabama offensive lineman or a Notre Dame safety with the third overall pick in this year's NFL Draft.

Over 50 percent of 23 prominent mock drafts have Houston selecting Evan Neal from the Crimson Tide or Kyle Hamilton of the Fighting Irish. Neal (6-7, 350 pounds) was a consensus All-American this season at left tackle, after logging double-digit starts at right tackle in 2020 and double-digit starts at left guard the season before that. He was projected to the Texans by seven different mock drafts.

Hamilton (6-4, 220 pounds), meanwhile, was mocked to Houston by six different media outlets. He's able to play a variety of spots at the back end of the defense and is a ferocious hitter.

LSU CB Derek Stingley was mocked four times to Houston, while the trio of Michigan DE Aidan Hutchinson, Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux and NC State OL Ikem Ekwonu were each mocked to Houston by two publications.

The NFL Draft begins Thursday evening, April 28, in Las Vegas. Houston owns the third overall pick and four picks total in the first 80 selections. In total, they currently have nine selections spread across the Draft's seven rounds.

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MEDIA OUTLETPLAYERLAST UPDATED
THE SPORTING NEWS (VINNIE IYER)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/26/2022
NEWSDAY (NICK KLOPSIS)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/24/2020
DRAFT COUNTDOWN (SHANE HALLAM)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/24/2022
ESPN (MEL KIPER, JR.)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/19/2022
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (AUSTIN GAYLE)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/17/2022
CBS SPORTS (KYLE STACKPOLE)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/14/2022
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (MICHAEL RENNER)OL EVAN NEAL, ALABAMA1/10/2022
CBS SPORTS (CHRIS TRAPASSO)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/26/2022
PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (TREVOR SIKKEMA)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/24/2022
THE DRAFT NETWORK (BRYAN PEREZ)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/24/2022
NFL MEDIA (DANIEL JEREMIAH)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/21/2022
USA TODAY (LUKE EASTERLING)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/13/2022
THE DRAFT NETWORK (JOE MARINO)S KYLE HAMILTON, NOTRE DAME1/9/2022
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS (PETE FIUTAK)CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU1/23/2022
CBS SPORTS (JOSH EDWARDSCB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU1/20/2022
THE DRAFT NETWORK (KYLE CRABBS)CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU1/17/2022
THE DRAFT SCOUT (MATT MILLER)CB DEREK STINGLEY, JR. LSU1/11/2022
NFL MEDIA (BUCKY BROOKS)DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON1/25/2022
THE ATHLETIC (DANE BRUGLER)DE KAYVON THIBODEAUX, OREGON1/19/2022
CBS SPORTS (RYAN WILSON)OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE1/25/2022
ATHLON SPORTS (BRYAN FISCHER)OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE1/13/2022
SI.COM (ZACH PATRAW)DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN1/24/2022
BLEACHER REPORT (SCOUTING DEPT.)DE AIDAN HUTCHINSON, MICHIGAN1/10/2022
FOX SPORTS (JASON MCINTYRE)QB MATT CORRAL, OLE MISS1/12/2022

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