Houston Texans 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Booth Jr. and George Pickens find new homes

After a 4-13 season, how do the Houston Texans build around Davis Mills and get better in this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft?

After a 4-13 season, the Houston Texans are locked into the third overall selection of the 2022 NFL Draft. With Davis Mills proving himself capable of holding down the starting job next season, the franchise has likely removed itself from dabbling in the murky pool of this upcoming quarterback class. So, what direction do the Texans take in this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft?

Houston Texans 7-Round NFL Mock Draft

For the purposes of this Texans 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, we’ve allowed Pro Football Network’s Mock Draft Simulator to work its magic on the selections. They’re based on the projected needs for the Texans in the 2022 NFL Draft, where they’re currently scheduled to have eight picks. Let’s break down how this haul improves Houston’s future fortunes.

Round 1, Pick 3: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

With quarterback not the position of need that many expected in the 2022 NFL Draft, and the third overall pick a little early to be selecting a wide receiver, the Texans turn to the defensive side of the ball with their first pick of this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

The Texans ranked in the bottom 10 for completion percentage and passing yardage allowed in 2021. Additionally, they gave up the fifth-most yards per carry to the run game. When you’re going to face Trevor Lawrence and Jonathan Taylor twice a year for the foreseeable future, finding a player that can impact the ground and the air is imperative.

Welcome to Houston, Andrew Booth Jr. The Clemson cornerback is the top-rated player at his position on my big board. He’s a phenomenal athlete who excels in pass coverage with A+ ball skills. Furthermore, he’s a ferocious threat against the run. Booth instantly upgrades this Texans secondary.

Other alternatives at No.3: Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame; Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan; Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Round 2, Pick 37: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama

As you work your way through this Texans 7-round mock draft, you’ll notice a common theme — there’s a defensive overall coming in Houston.

More reinforcements come in the shape of Alabama safety Jordan Battle. The junior playmaker led the Crimson Tide with 3 interceptions in their run to the national championship. Furthermore, he converted 2 of those into touchdowns.

Battle is a versatile safety who can impact the game both in the box and in the deep third. He possesses excellent athletic ability alongside an intelligence that belies his age. With an aggressive nature to his game, you can be sure that he’ll be ready to do battle in the AFC South.

Other alternatives at No. 37: David Bell, WR, Purdue; Travon Walker, DT, Georgia; Trent McDuffie, CB, Washington

Round 3, Pick 68: Abraham Lucas, OT, Washington State

If Mills is the long-term future in Houston, or if the Texans choose to dip into the 2023 QB class, the front office will need to ensure that they better protect the quarterback. This season they’ve allowed 44 sacks — they gave up a sack on 7.5% of pass attempts. Both statistics are bottom 10 in the 2021 NFL season.

The selection of Washington State offensive tackle Abraham Lucas in this 2022 NFL Mock Draft gives the Texans a plug-and-play right tackle. As a result of playing in the Cougars’ pass-heavy offense, there are few more experienced pass protectors than Lucas. Long, strong, and athletic, he’ll provide an offensive line upgrade for the Texans.

Other alternatives at No. 68: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington; Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi State; Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia

Round 3, Pick 80: Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama

Football games are won in the trenches, and the Texans haven’t been winning many of those battles lately. Having added a piece on the offensive line, Houston uses the No. 80 overall selection of this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft to address the defensive front. Phidarian Mathis is coming off an exceptional season for Alabama, logging 10.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks. He brings size, strength, length, and powerful production to the Texans.

Other alternatives at No. 80: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson; Travis Jones, DT, UConn; Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn

Round 4, Pick 130: George Pickens, WR, Georgia

Despite Danny Amendola rolling back the years with 113 yards and 2 touchdowns in the narrow loss to the Tennessee Titans, the wide receiver room in Houston is as bare as it gets. We don’t know if George Pickens declares for the draft yet. We also don’t know how his injury history impacts his stock. What we do know is that on his day he’s nearly impossible to cover and plays the game with ridiculous physicality. He represents exceptional value in the fourth round of this Texans 7-Round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

Other alternatives at No. 130: Calvin Austin III, WR, Memphis; Tariq Woolen, CB, UTSA; Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Ohio State

Round 6, Pick 183: Shaun Jolly, CB, Appalachian State

Without a fifth-round selection, we’re into the sixth round of this Texans 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft. Here, Houston doubles up at the CB position with Appalachian State cornerback Shaun Jolly. While his 5’9″ size might limit his NFL stock, Jolly plays the game with physicality in both pass coverage and run support. In his only full season of action (2019), he tallied 5 interceptions for the Mountaineers.

Other alternatives at No. 183: Marcus Jones, CB, Houston; Markquese Bell, S, Florida A&M; Dontario Drummond, WR, Ole Miss

Round 6, Pick 202: Jordan Williams, DT, Virginia Tech

At 6’1″ and 310 pounds, Virginia Tech’s Jordan Williams is an interior defensive line dream. He carries a low center of gravity, perfect for anchoring against the run. In addition to his stout, powerful frame, the former Clemson defensive tackle is an impressive technician. Furthermore, he brings a versatility that helps bring value in the later rounds. Once again, the Texans double-dip at a position in this 7-round mock draft.

Other alternatives at No. 202: Gerard Wheeler, C, Tulsa; Aqeel Glass, QB, Alabama A&M; Jequez Ezzard, WR, Sam Houston State

Round 7, Pick 248: Blaise Andries, G, Minnesota

The Texans conclude this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft by adding extra depth on the offensive line. Blaise Andries epitomizes late-round versatility. Forget playing multiple positions during your career — the Minnesota offensive tackle played at three positions in one game this season. At 6’6″ and 335 pounds, Andries is a sizeable roadblock to negotiate as a pass protector and a vicious mauler with impressive athleticism in the ground game.

Other alternatives at No. 248: Jaivon Heiligh; WR, Coastal Carolina. Dawson Deaton, C, Texas Tech; Josh Blackwell, CB, Duke

Oliver Hodgkinson is an NFL Draft and College Football Analyst for Pro Football Network. Check out the rest of his work here, and you can find him on Twitter: @ojhodgkinson