2023 NFL Mock Draft: Expert Picks & Analysis Post-Combine

2. Houston Texans: QB C.J. Stroud — Ohio State

This is not a bad consolation prize for new head coach DeMeco Ryans. Stroud will be available here when the Texans are picking. If selecting the Southern California native, Houston is getting a competitive player with terrific leadership qualities. He absolutely tore up the the Big Ten — especially when throwing the ball downfield.

With that said…there is some smoke that Houston could trade out of this slot. Tennessee is rumored to be a team that could jump up. The Texans might be more inclined to collect more picks and take a shot at a QB later in the draft…or potentially not at all in 2023. Stroud might be selected here, but his final destination may end up outside of Houston.

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