Shakeup at 3rd Overall | Mock Draft Tracker, 8.0

If the majority of mock drafts turn out to be true, the Texans will take an offensive lineman with the third overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

After gathering up the more prominent mocks from around the internet, Alabama's Evan Neal was the most-mocked collegiate player to Houston. 16 of 58 mock drafters had the Crimson Tide's left tackle heading to Houston in the first round.

Neal started at least a dozen games at three separate positions up front over the last three seasons, and was the left tackle in 2021 for the Alabama offense.

The Texans currently own 11 picks in this year's Draft, including the 13th overall pick which was acquired earlier this month in the trade with Cleveland. We'll have that Mock Draft Tracker up tomorrow. Texans General Manager Nick Caserio, however, has said whether or not the Texans stay at third overall, or trade back is a "whole separate discussion".

Oregon pass rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux was the second most-mocked player to Houston, as 12 mock drafts projected the Texans taking him. In the last Mock Draft Tracker, Thibodeaux was the most-mocked player to Houston.

MARCH30MOCK

The Draft begins Thursday, April 28 in Las Vegas. The last time the Texans selected a player in the first round was 2019, when they picked Alabama State offensive lineman Tytus Howard.

Caserio, Head Coach Lovie Smith and several members of the team's personnel, scouting and coaching staffs have been attending College Pro Days around the country the last few weeks.

30NEAL

The 6-7, 350-pound Neal started 13 games at left guard for Alabama in 2019 before transitioning to right tackle in 2020. He spent 2021 as the left tackle for the Crimson Tide, and in that three-year span started a combined 40 games up front. As of March 30, the 16 experts below believe the Texans will take him with the third overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. CBS SPORTS (WILL BRINSON)3/29/2022
2. FTN FANTASY (MATTHEW FREEDMAN)3/29/2022
3. THE DRAFT NETWORK (BRENTLEY WEISSMAN)3/28/2022
4. SHARP FOOTBALL ANALYSIS (RYAN MCCRYSTAL)3/28/2022
5. WALTER FOOTBALL (WALTER CHEREPINSKY)3/28/2022
6. CBS SPORTS (TOM FORNELLI)3/27/2022
7. NBC SPORTS EDGE (THOR NYSTROM)3/25/2022
8. CBS SPORTS (JOSH EDWARDS)3/24/2022
9. USA TODAY (NATE DAVIS)3/24/2022
10. PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK (IAN CUMMINGS)3/24/2022
11. USA TODAY (DOUG FARRAR)3/23/2022
12. CBS SPORTS (PETE PRISCO)3/22/2022
13. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (MICHAEL RENNER)3/17/2022
14. FOX SPORTS (JASON MCINTYRE)3/9/2022
15. PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK (DALTON MILLER)3/2/2022
16. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (STEVE PALAZZOLO)2/28/2022
ThibodeauxK

Thibodeaux was a unanimous All-America selection in 2021, and in three years with Oregon racked up a combined 19 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss. As of March 30, he was mocked to Houston by 12 different experts.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. NFL MEDIA (BUCKY BROOKS)3/29/2022
2. USA TODAY (LUKE EASTERLING)3/28/2022
3. PRO FOOTBALL NETWORK (CAM MELLOR)3/26/2022
4. NFL.COM (CHAD REUTER)3/25/2022
5. NFL.COM (MAURICE JONES-DREW)3/24/2022
6. NFL MEDIA (DANIEL JEREMIAH)3/22/2022
7. FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS (DERRIK KLASSEN)3/22/2022
8. BLEACHER REPORT (SCOUTING DEPT.)3/8/2022
9. FOX SPORTS (ROB RANG)2/15/2022
10. NEWSDAY (NICK KLOPSIS)2/15/2022
11. NFL.COM (CYNTHIA FRELUND)2/11/2022
12. THE DRAFT NETWORK (JOE MARINO)2/9/2022
EkwonuI

Ikwonu was a unanimous All-America selection in 2021, and has a twin brother (Osita) who plays linebacker at Notre Dame. The 11 mock drafts below projected Ekwonu to the Texans at third overall.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. SPORTSNET NEW YORK (RALPH VACCIANO) OL IKEM EKWONU, NC STATE3/29/2022
2. CBS SPORTS (RYAN WILSON)3/28/2022
3. SHARP FOOTBALL ANALYSIS (BRENDAN DONOHUE)3/28/2022
4. SI.COM (ZACK PATRAW)3/26/2022
5. NEW YORK POST (STEVE SERBY)3/26/2022
6. SPORTING NEWS (VINNIE IYER)3/25/2022
7. THE RINGER (DANNY KELLY)3/23/2022
8. COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS (PETE FIUTAK)3/23/2022
9. ESPN (MEL KIPER, JR.)3/22/2022
10. ESPN (TODD MCSHAY)3/9/2022
11. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (BRAD SPIELBERGER)3/8/2022
HamiltonK

A consensus All-American last autumn, Hamilton picked off a combined eight passes in three seasons with Notre Dame. Nine separate mock drafts tabbed Hamilton to Houston.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. ESPN (MIKE TANNENBAUM)3/30/2022
2. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (AUSTIN GAYLE)3/28/2022
3. CBS SPORTS (KYLE STACKPOLE)3/19/2022
4. THE DRAFT NETWORK (KYLE CRABBS)3/7/2022
5. SB NATION (JAMES DATOR)3/7/2022
6. PEWTER REPORT (JON LEDYARD)2/23/2022
7. THE DRAFT SCOUT (MATT MILLER)2/14/2022
8. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (SAM MONSON)1/31/2022
9. THE DRAFT NETWORK (BRYAN PEREZ)1/24/2022
WalkerT

On a Georgia defense littered with playmakers, Walker contributed six sacks and 37 total tackles to the National Champions in 2021. Six different experts predicted the Texans will take Walker third overall.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. CBS SPORTS (CHRIS TRAPASSO)3/30/2022
2. ATHLON SPORTS (BRYAN FISCHER)3/29/2022
3. DRAFT COUNTDOWN (SHANE HALLAM)3/21/2022
4. PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS (TREVOR SIKKEMA)3/18/2022
5. THE ATHLETIC (DANE BRUGLER)3/8/2022
6. NFL.COM (LANCE ZIERLEIN)3/8/2022
Hutchinson

A Heisman finalist in 2021, Hutchinson is projected by many to be the first overall pick in this year's Draft. But the three experts below predicted he'd fall to the Texans at third overall.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
1. THE DRAFT NETWORK (KEITH SANCHEZ)3/17/2022
2. PFF.COM (SETH GALINA)2/7/2022
3. ESPN.COM (JORDAN REID)2/7/2022
STINGLEY

As a freshman on the 2019 National Champs, Stingley was a leader of the Tigers defense. He's been a popular choice to the Texans at 13th overall, and one mock drafter is predicting Houston will take him third overall.

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MEDIA OUTLETLAST UPDATED
WALTER FOOTBALL (CHARLIE CAMPBELL)3/28/2022

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