With the 2022 NFL Draft this week, the excitement brewing among Houston Texans fans is at an all-time high. With a full chamber of bullets at our disposal - 11 picks in total, 6 in the top 100 and 2 in the first round - Nick Caserio and co. have a massive opportunity to reshape this barren roster.
It's usually difficult to decipher which prospects any NFL team is highly interested in because teams don't like to show their cards and love to throw out smokescreens to deceive their competitors. Furthermore, there are numerous events at which teams can meet with prospects - the Senior Bowl, Combine, Pro Days, etc - but these events are not all weighed equally when measuring a team's interest in a player.
The crown jewel of these visits is the "Top-30" visit, in which NFL teams have 30 invites to spread throughout the 2000+ prospects in this year's class. Think of it as a shortlist for prospects that the team wants to do more homework on. Whether it's for their 1st round pick, which would seemingly be the new face of the franchise. Or for players with injury question marks, off-field red flags and even simply doing favors for agents/connections.
There is no proven correlation between a team's Top-30 visits and their eventual draft picks because the draft itself is unpredictable. However, it does give us a look into who the Texans want to do the most intimate homework on. Thus, I have assembled a list of the 28 reported prospects who have had Top-30 visits with the Texans.
One interesting thing to note is the number of players at each position that the Texans have met with. This may provide insights into which positions they are targeting the most and want to do the most homework on. Out of the 27 Top-30 Visits that have been reported, they've met with six EDGEs, four CBs, four LBs, three OL (two IOL and the other is Icky), three WRs, two IDLs, two RBs, two QBs, one S, and one TE.
I have provided a short summary from my scouting reports on these prospects, and analysis on my general thoughts of the prospect and where they should be drafted for the Texans specifically. These prospects are ranked in order of my personal big board, which you can find in my 2022 NFL Draft Guide. Now, let's begin!