The 2022 NFL Draft was a big moment for the Texans, who had only made a first-round pick once in the four drafts between 2018 and 2021. Trades of veteran players by the previous regime put the team in a sort of purgatory, with limited resources to build a core of young talent. That time is over. After trading Deshaun Watson to the Browns for a set of picks, general manager Nick Caserio might have delivered five future starters to the franchise with his work over the three days of drafts, though Houston’s class has a bit of a twist. boom-or- bust element to it. Three of the first four players drafted by the Texans were picked significantly higher than they were ranked by NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah: Stingley (third overall pick; ranked 12th), Green (15th overall pick ; ranked 36th) and Metchie (44th overall pick; ranked 73rd). If Stingley starts playing again like he did as a freshman at LSU in 2019, there will be no debate over whether Caserio made the right call with the first first-round pick of his tenure. Green has a chance to be a dominant road leveler from the start, so I’m not going to quibble about picking up a guard of his caliber so soon. The Texans need players like him to pressure young quarterback Davis Mills, who will also benefit from eventually having Metchie, who just tore his ACL, available in the slot. There was certainly solid value in the selections of Pitre, Harris and Pierce, who each have a good chance of becoming starters early in their careers. With so many needs, Houston has had to take a best-available-player approach, and it’s done a good job of finding prospects that can help push the team in a better direction.