The Houston Texans currently have the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft and are likely to draft a quarterback. I’ll break down all of the favorites and potential players to watch out for.
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2023 NFL Draft: Second Overall Pick Odds
These odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
Second Overall Pick Odds, News, and Notes
Bryce Young, QB Alabama
With C.J. Stroud the heavy favorite to go first overall, Bryce Young is the heavy favorite to go second overall. The general consensus among Draft Analysts is that Young and Stroud are the clear first and second choices for most teams at the position. Young opened at -130 to go second overall but has since been steamed up to -225.
The rumors surrounding the Texans are that they really like Bryce Young. Lance Zierlein from NFL Network nailed their draft pick last year of Derek Stingley and has specifically mentioned the Texans are enamored with him. If Stroud goes first, the odds of Young going second may be even higher than -225.
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Stroud is as high as -300 to go first overall, and at this point in time, seems to be the preference of the Panthers organization. I broke down all the odds for the first overall pick here. If, for some reason, the Panthers decide they want Young instead of Stroud at 1st overall, things would get really interesting with the second overall pick.
C.J. Stroud shares the same agent as a former Texans QB, Deshaun Watson. There is still likely some bad blood between Watson and the organization. How much this matters with a different player is to be determined, but worth noting nonetheless.
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
Richardson saw his stock rise a ton over the past month. He flashed immense upside at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash while weighing in at 244 pounds and standing 6’4. Richardson is still extremely raw as a passer, but literally, no quarterback and very few players, regardless of position, are as athletic as Richardson. There isn’t really a great comparison for him in the NFL because he is more athletic than any other quarterback we have seen with a cannon for an arm. If the Texans aren’t sold on Young, he could certainly be in play.
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Prior to the Anthony Richardson steam, Will Levis was viewed as the incomplete player with upside. He is in a prototypical QB mold at 6’4, 230 pounds, and with large hands. He had an intriguing 2021 season but struggled in 2022 without any weapons around him. The issue with Levis is he’s incomplete and doesn’t have as much upside as Richardson. His range of outcomes still features some downside but not as much hypothetical upside.
Will Anderson, EDGE, Alabama
There were rumors swirling that the Texans may not take a quarterback second overall. This would be absolutely shocking, considering the current depth chart of Davis Mills and Case Keenum. By the end of last season, Jeff Driskel and Davis Mills were rotating throughout the game. With picks 2 and 12, addressing the QB position at 2nd overall is a near certainty, even with a potential blue-chip defender like Will Anderson on the board.
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