History of Houston Texans First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

The Houston Texans have only been around since 2002, but they've already made several high-quality first-round picks, among them Andre Johnson and J.J. Watt.

The Houston Texans boast a relatively sparse history of first-round picks in the NFL Draft, but they’re also the NFL’s youngest franchise. Having been inaugurated in 2002, Houston has only taken part in 22 draft events as of the 2023 NFL Draft. Houston’s history is still very much being written, but already, they’ve had some impressive picks.

Houston Texans First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

As of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Texans haven’t yet acquired an inducted Hall of Famer with a first-round pick. It’s important to note, however, that Houston’s sample size is much smaller than that of other teams. The Texans have only been around since 2002, and first-round picks like Andre Johnson, J.J. Watt, and DeAndre Hopkins might see Canton in the future.

Thus, while the Texans’ lack of Hall of Famers in Round 1 invites doubt on the surface, it’s not an accurate indicator of the success Houston has had within the first 32 picks. Beyond Johnson, Watt, and Hopkins — all of whom are legitimate eventual candidates for the Hall — the Texans have also selected Pro Bowl and All-Pro talents like Mario Williams, Duane Brown, and Brian Cushing.


The Texans traded the No. 27 pick to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston also traded the No. 23 pick (via the Cleveland Browns) to the Minnesota Vikings.


  • C.J. Stroud | Round 1, Pick 2
    QB, Ohio State
  • Will Anderson Jr. | Round 1, Pick 3
    EDGE, Alabama


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


The Texans traded the third pick to the Miami Dolphins.


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


  • Tytus Howard | Pick 23
    T, Alabama State


The Texans traded the fourth pick to the Cleveland Browns.


  • Deshaun Watson | Pick 12
    QB, Clemson


  • Will Fuller | Pick 21
    WR, Notre Dame


  • Kevin Johnson | Pick 16
    CB, Wake Forest


  • Jadeveon Clowney | Pick 1
    DE, South Carolina


  • DeAndre Hopkins | Pick 27
    WR, Clemson


  • Whitney Mercilus | Pick 26
    DE, Illinois


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


  • Kareem Jackson | Pick 20
    DB, Alabama


  • Brian Cushing | Pick 15
    LB, USC


  • Duane Brown | Pick 26
    T, Virginia Tech


  • Amobi Okoye | Pick 10
    DT, Louisville


  • Mario Williams | Pick 1
    DE, North Carolina State


  • Travis Johnson | Pick 16
    DT, Florida State


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


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


  • David Carr | Pick 1
    QB, Fresno State

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