History of Houston Texans first-round NFL Draft picks

A look through the list of every Houston Texans first-round NFL Draft pick the team has made throughout franchise history.

The Houston Texans’ history of first-round NFL Draft picks is relatively short. Having only been in existence since 2002, they have only partaken in 20 drafts heading into the 2022 NFL Draft. They have had some reasonable success through the draft, but their philosophy has somewhat changed in recent years. Let’s take a look at the full history of the Texans’ first-round picks in the NFL Draft.

Houston Texans first-round draft picks in history

As it stands in 2022, the Texans have never selected a player in the first round who has gone on to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. However, that is largely due to the extremely short time frame with which the franchise has existed. For the most part, the Texans have had some success with their first-round draft selections. As of the end of the 2021 season, the Texans’ first-round picks have resulted in 12 first-team All-Pro selections.

In recent years, the Texans’ philosophy towards the first round has pivoted. Since the 2018 NFL Draft, the Texans have made just one first-round draft pick (Tytus Howard). That will change in 2022, with Houston appearing twice in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft order following the Deshaun Watson trade.

2022

  • Derek Stingley Jr. | Round 1, Pick 3
    CB, LSU
  • Kenyon Green | Round 1, Pick 15
    OL, Texas A&M

2021

The Texans traded the third pick to the Miami Dolphins.

2020

The Texans traded the 26th pick to the Miami Dolphins.

2019

  • Tytus Howard | Pick 23
    T, Alabama State

2018

The Texans traded the fourth pick to the Cleveland Browns.

2017

  • Deshaun Watson | Pick 12
    QB, Clemson

2016

  • Will Fuller | Pick 21
    WR, Notre Dame

2015

  • Kevin Johnson | Pick 16
    CB, Wake Forest

2014

  • Jadeveon Clowney | Pick 1
    DE, South Carolina

2013

  • DeAndre Hopkins | Pick 27
    WR, Clemson

2012

  • Whitney Mercilus | Pick 26
    DE, Illinois

2011

  • J.J. Watt | Pick 11
    DE, Wisconsin

2010

  • Kareem Jackson | Pick 20
    DB, Alabama

2009

  • Brian Cushing | Pick 15
    LB, USC

2008

  • Duane Brown | Pick 26
    T, Virginia Tech

2007

  • Amobi Okoye | Pick 10
    DT, Louisville

2006

  • Mario Williams | Pick 1
    DE, North Carolina State

2005

  • Travis Johnson | Pick 16
    DT, Florida State

2004

  • Dunta Robinson | Pick 10
    DB, South Carolina
  • Jason Babin | Pick 27
    LB, Western Michigan

2003

  • Andre Johnson | Pick 3
    WR, Miami (FL)

2002

  • David Carr | Pick 1
    QB, Fresno State

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN

Ben Rolfe is a Senior Managing Editor at Pro Football Network and is also a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can find him on Twitter @BenRolfePFN

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