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2024 NFL Draft: Texans Again Rocking the Offseason

Get ready, Houston Texans fans, because if you thought the 2023 season was the stuff that dreams are made off, you best believe DeMeco Ryans, C.J. Stroud and company are gearing up to take over the AFC in 2024.

After a 2023 campaign where Houston initially started out as potential NFL betting lines disappointments, the team rallied behind their new coach and quarterback to show fans that there was something to hope for in “H” town: A real, competitive football team.

Stefon Diggs #14 of the Buffalo Bills | Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images/AFP

Now, wanting to restock this offseason in order to continue cementing their status as one of the newest and most attractive NFL lines commodities, the Texans are on the lookout for strong offseason free agency and draft moves that could help them achieve said mission.

With a war chest of cap space and a bevy of draft picks, the Texans are poised to make some serious noise. So what should Houston be focusing on this offseason?

 

Yes, Texans are not Kidding Around in Free Agency

The Texans have made a splash in free agency, aggressively upgrading their defensive line and retaining key offensive weapons. Two marquee signings are taking all NFL news headlines.

One being the Texans trading for former Buffalo Bills superstar receiver Stefon Diggs in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2025. For a team looking to give their young star QB some more weapons to work with, Diggs feels like the perfect fit to spearhead Houston’s offense in the coming years.

The other move that made an immense splash was the signing of Danielle Hunter, the dominant edge rusher from the Minnesota Vikings who racked up an impressive 16.5 sacks in 2023.

Hunter, still in his prime at 29, will form a fearsome pass-rushing duo with young star Will Anderson Jr. The Texans didn’t stop there, also adding Denico Autry, who had a career-high 11.5 sacks with the Titans last season. Autry will help fill the void left by Jonathan Greenard’s departure to the Vikings.

At linebacker, the Texans reunited head coach Ryans with Azeez Al-Shaair, who played under Ryans in San Francisco. Al-Shaair’s familiarity with the defensive scheme and his production (102 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles in 2023) make him a valuable addition.

Offensively, the Texans prioritized continuity for rising star Stroud. They re-signed tight end Dalton Schultz to a three-year, $36 million deal after he caught 75 passes for 840 yards and seven TDs in 2023. Breakout wide receiver Noah Brown also returns on a one-year, $5 million contract following a 1,000-yard, eight-TD season.

Houston also bolstered its ground game by acquiring running back Joe Mixon from the Cincinnati Bengals and signing him to a three-year deal worth $27 million. He’ll replace Devin Singletary, who signed with the New York Giants.

While the Texans did suffer some losses like Greenard, who got a hefty four year, $72 million deal with the Vikings, and Singletary, they made savvy moves to bolster their depth. They added veteran DEs Derek Barnett and Mario Edwards Jr., re-signed several role players and even upgraded at punter with All-Pro Tommy Townsend.

Overall, the Texans have been aggressive and strategic in free agency, setting themselves up for success in 2024. With a reloaded defense and a developing young core on offense, they look poised to make noise in the AFC South and beyond.

 

Our Odds for the Houston Texans 2024 Season

  • Odds to Win AFC South: + 110
  • Odds to Win AFC: + 1100
  • Odds to Win Super Bowl: + 1800

 

Who Should the Texans Target in the Draft?

The 2024 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and Houston is on the hunt for some serious talent. After a very positive 2023 season, the Texans are ready to restock their roster with the best prospects available to maintain their momentum and continue being top online betting favorites for the 2024 season.

General manager Nick Caserio’s approach to building depth is intriguing. By doubling down on positions of need, the Texans aim to turn weaknesses into strengths and ensure a robust roster capable of withstanding the rigors of an NFL season. This strategy is reflected in mock drafts, which predict the Texans will address the defensive line, add depth at running back, tackle and tight end on offense, and secure a strong rotational linebacker.

Expect the Texans to be laser-focused on defensive upgrades, particularly in the pass rush, defensive line, and linebacker positions. With several key free agents on the horizon and a defense that, despite significant progress in 2023, still has room for growth, the Texans will likely prioritize these areas early in the draft. Keep an eye out for potential first-round draft pick targets like Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry and Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter, who could provide an immediate boost to the secondary.

The Texans also need a stud defensive tackle to fill the void left by Johnathan Hankins, who bolted for Seattle in free agency. Keep an eye on Clemson’s Jalen Orhorhoro or Michigan’s Kris Jenkins as potential targets to anchor the interior of that defensive line.

While the defense takes center stage, don’t be surprised if the Texans seize the opportunity to add offensive firepower, especially if a high-value receiver falls into their lap early in the draft to add to a unit that has taken a rather big leap of quality with the addition of Diggs.

However, with a capable roster already in place, any offensive selections will likely focus on enhancing depth rather than addressing immediate starting roles.

Armed with eight picks, the Texans are well-positioned to execute their draft strategy. They don’t have a first-round selection, having traded it to Minnesota for a pair of second-round picks, including No. 42 this year.

The Texans’ 2024 NFL Draft approach is a testament to their commitment to building a well-rounded, competitive roster. By prioritizing defensive upgrades and strategic depth additions, they are setting the stage for a bright future in Houston.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

What Did The Texans Give Buffalo In Return For Stefon Diggs?


In return for getting Stefon Diggs, the Buffalo Bills will get a 2025 second-round pick (via Minnesota). Buffalo also sent a 2024 sixth-rounder and a 2025 fifth-round pick to Houston along with the star receiver.

How Many Draft Picks Do 4he Texans Have For the 2024 Draft?


The Texans have eight picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, distributed as follows: round 2: No 42 (from Minnesota) and No. 59 overall; round 3: No. 86 overall (via Philadelphia); round 4: No. 123 (from Cleveland) and No. 127 overall; round 6: No. 188 overall (from Minnesota), round 7: No. 238 (from New Orleans) No. 247 overall.

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