Texans poised to have No. 1 pick in 2023 NFL draft, and a Top 10 pick from the Browns

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The Texans are a very bad football team, but their future could be very bright, if they use their draft picks wisely.

After the Texans lost on Sunday to fall to 1-8-1 on the season — and after the Raiders won to improve to 3-7 — Houston is now a clear favorite to earn the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft. Every team in the NFL except Houston has at least three wins, so the Texans have a 1.5-game lead over every other team.

And the Texans’ draft capital doesn’t end there. The Texans own the Browns’ first-round pick from the Deshaun Watson trade, and that appears likely to be a Top 10 pick. The Browns lost on Sunday to fall to 3-7 on the season, and they’re currently in place to send the No. 7 overall pick to Houston.

The Texans also own the Browns’ third-round pick, and the Texans have three extra picks in the sixth round because of trades. And Houston has a lot of salary cap space in 2023. Which means the 2023 Texans could be a much better team than the 2022 Texans. They could hardly be worse.

3 responses to “Texans poised to have No. 1 pick in 2023 NFL draft, and a Top 10 pick from the Browns

  1. In a way you have to feel empathy for Lovie Smith. He was a respected coach with the Bears. His Illinois tenure was not successful, but at least his reputation was still intact. Perhaps he felt a sense of obligation to captain this sinking ship.

  2. Win-win-win for Houston in that trade: got rid of a very polarizing figure; dumped his salary and picked up multiple years’ very valuable trade assets.

    We’ll see how it works out for Cleveland in 2023 and beyond.

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