Cal McNair says he didn’t pressure Texans’ pick of C.J. Stroud

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The Texans drafted C.J. Stroud with the second overall pick, a surprise to many who were convinced the team would pass on a quarterback after missing out on Bryce Young.

Texans owner Cal McNair insisted Monday that neither he nor his wife, Hannah, forced the selection of the Ohio State quarterback.

“Hannah and I don’t make the picks. We’ll make it clear there,” McNair said during the Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic, via DJ Bien-Aime of ESPN. “We have a great group of scouts led by Nick [Caserio] and James Lippert, and they did a lot of work on the draft board, and then they followed that on draft day, and they moved up when they saw the value was there and moved back.”

The Texans picked Stroud at No. 2 and then traded up to No. 3 in a deal with the Cardinals to take Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr.

Despite outside uncertainty about what the team was doing with the second pick, the Texans repeatedly have said they never wavered on the choice. They now have who they hope is their franchise quarterback.

They thought they had that with Deshaun Watson until the relationship between player and team soured, and then Watson became embroiled in a series of civil suits for sexual misconduct.

A year after trading Watson — and more than two years since he played his final game for the Texans — Houston has who they hope is his long-term replacement.

The Texans have a much improved roster from the past two seasons when they went 11-38-1 with two different head coaches. They will have their third head coach in three years and expect to see progress this season under DeMeco Ryans.

“I think you just have to look at the roster, and I think it’s a better roster this year, very competitive,” McNair said. “They want to have competition spots on the roster. So, I see a lot of progress. A lot of good things.”

7 responses to “Cal McNair says he didn’t pressure Texans’ pick of C.J. Stroud

  1. I don’t understand why people think people outside the organization should know who the pick is going to be. There’s no incentive for those in the know to share that information. Stroud was always going to be a top-2 pick, and then all of a sudden mock drafters started saying the Texans wouldn’t draft a QB at 2. Now we’re so surprised by it that we think the owner must have stepped in to demand they pick a guy they didn’t want. There’s too much speculation presented as analysis or inside information and people believe it every year.

  2. Let’s hope this works out. Texans are in danger of matching the Oilers in the 90’s in terms of fan apathy. We all know how that ended.

  3. After the draft and free agency, the Texans roster is greatly improved. They still have a long way to go, but they’ll be better next season. Stroud may or may not be the guy, but I’d give good odds that Anderson will work out. Roll the dice on the QB and see what happens.

  4. Cardinals banking on Texans to be the same ol Texans and have another bad season. Potentially giving them 2 top 10 picks in 2024 draft. Because we all know Cardinals will be bad next year too

  5. Riiiggghhht. We believe you Cal. The only question I have is will you allow this HC to coach more than one season.

  6. I’m all in on the 2023 Texans Draft.
    The Owner and General Manager did everything in their power to draft the players
    that were selected and/or requested by DeMico Ryans and his staff.
    This is a new era for the Houston Texans and now DeMico Ryans is driving the bus.
    Everything in the Texans organization now appears to be working in the same direction.

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