Thursday, September 28

Houston Texans live updates from 2022 NFL Draft

4:49 p.m. — Michigan pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson told NFL Network “I know about as much as you guys right now” about where he’ll land. Reports emerged Thursday that the Lions were interested in picking Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux at No. 2. The Jaguars have the No. 1 overall pick and have been linked to pass rushers Travon Walker (Georgia) and Hutchinson after extending offensive tackle Cam Robinson to a three-year contract. If Jacksonville picks Walker and Detroit indeed picks Thibodeaux, Hutchinson would suddenly be available for the Texans at No. 3. “I wish I knew a little bit more,” Hutchinson said about his future. “But it’s going to make it interesting for sure.” — brooks kubena

Ikem Ekwonu says he’d be ‘great fit’ in Houston

4:36 p.m. — Ikem Ekwonu told NFL Network “I think I’d be a great fit” with the Texans. The elite offensive line prospect from North Carolina State said he has family in Houston. Analyst and former Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin asked Ekwonu if he felt he could be an immediate impact for a rebuilding franchise. Ekwonu replied, “I feel like if the Texans grab me at No. 3, they’re confident in my abilities and they’re confident in the ways I can impact the team.” — Brooks Kubena

How high does Derek Stingley go?

4:33 p.m.: One of the most interesting mocks I’ve seen today had the Texans going for LSU defensive back Derek Stingley Jr. at No. 3. That was from Matt Miller, an ESPN draft analyst. Brooks Kubena projects Texans moving up for Stingley by trading their No. 13 pick. — Reid Laymance

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Rare territory for Texans

4:21 p.m.: Tonight’s third overall pick will be the highest draft spot for the Texans since they took Jadeveon Clowney first overall in 2014 as the reward to a season from hell in 2013 that included 14 straight losses after starting 2-0. Clowney might be the most hyped prospect the Texans have ever drafted, but where does he rank among the team’s first-round picks? Check out our ranking of all the Texans’ first-round picks. — greg rajan

Hardly third-rate

4:13 p.m.: The Texans have the third pick in the draft, barring a trade. Three Hall of Famers have been taken with the third overall pick: Anthony Muñoz (1980), Barry Sanders (1989) and the late Cortez Kennedy (1990). But there have been plenty of impactful players taken at that spot, including Andre Johnson (2003), Larry Fitzgerald (2004), Matt Ryan (2008), Joe Thomas (2007), Steve McNair (1995) and Ray Childress (1985). — greg rajan

how to watch

4:10 p.m.: With no first-round picks the past two years, Texans fans haven’t had a reason to watch the first night. Obviously, that’s changed with two first-round picks this year. Here’s a guide on what to know and how to watch the draft on various platforms. — Reid Laymance

Let the draft countdown begin

4pm: The NFL draft is on the clock. A little over three hours until the Texans make their first pick with the third overall selection.

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Many mocks are going with North Carolina State lineman Ikem Ekwonu for Houston but we’ll see if Jacksonville and Detroit pull any surprises with the first two picks. Reid Laymance

what to know

Que: 87th annual NFL Player Selection Meeting
When: Thursday (7 pm), Friday (6 pm) and Saturday (11 am)
Where: Las Vegas
On the air: ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network will air all three days.
streaming: At and
Texans’ picks: Houston has two picks in the first round: 3 and 13. Other Texans picks: Round 2 (37th), Round 3 (68th and 80th), Round 4 (107th and 108th), Round 5 (170th) and Round 6 (205th and 207th).

Our mock drafts

• 5.0: Could Texans make a trade to move up?
• 4.0: Why Texans like this receiver at 13.
• 3.0: Texans steady at 3 and 13.
• 2.0: A versatile lineman at No. 3.
• 1.0: The Texans start with an OL and a DB.

Previewing the Texans

• How Nick Caserio and teams build their draft boards
• A data study of Nick Caserio’s hits and misses
• Brian T. Smith: Nick Caserio can turn franchise around with this draft.
• Why cornerback matters for Lovie Smith
• For Nick Caserio, trading has its ups and downs
• How Ikem Ekwonu can fit and guard and tackle

Draft position series

John McClain takes a look at each position, the top players and Texans needs:

• The offensive line
• The quarterbacks
• The wide receivers and tight ends
• The running backs
• The defensive line
• The linebackers
• The cornerbacks
• The safety

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College and local outlook

• UH has a good thing going in the defensive line
• Another first-rounder at A&M?
• Not many Longhorns will be called
• Prospects from Houston area

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