Texans Wire Simulation: Investing in Davis Mills
All 32 NFL Team Feed Sites collaborated to curate a fictional draft this week. Each Wire editor, all of whom have excellent knowledge of their respective teams, made choices – except of course Cam Da Silva of rams wire. Since 2017, the Rams haven’t had a first-round pick, and by the time the 2025 NFL Draft rolls around, we’ll have to convince Cam that the draft actually starts on a Thursday night.
Mock drafts are a bit like a candy dish at your grandma’s that you munch on throughout the tour. Ultimately, it’s a dopamine hit; it’s another way to have fun. Therefore, it was more of an exercise in what the Houston Texans might look like if they passed safety to Kyle Hamilton.
With that in mind, I decided to use John Crumpler’s “Draft an Identity: The Davis Mills Texans” as a template for my picks. At No. 3 overall, the Texans selected North Carolina guard tackle Ikem Ekwonu.
The 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive lineman gives the Texans a chance to establish an identity as a ground-and-pound team or as a team around QB Davis Mills. The rest of the first round will determine the path Houston takes. Ekwonu has positional flexibility that allows him to play inside, as Houston already has capable bookends in Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard. However, if the Texans let Howard walk free agency in 2023, Ekwonu can slide to right tackle and the offensive line still has adequate protection for their caller.
In Crumpler’s guide, he had the Texans taking Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson at No. 13 overall. However, the Atlanta Falcons picked Wilson 8th overall.
Rather than adjust the script and turn the draft into ‘Ground and Pound Texans’ with the selection of guard Zion Johnson, I kept the philosophy of building around Mills and took USC wide receiver Drake. London.
London provides an opportunity for the Texans to complement WR Brandin Cooks or effectively replace him in case they trade him for more draft capital. Houston has another young wide with WR Nico Collins, and Mills has a young tandem he can build chemistry with.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux were the top two picks in the roster. The Carolina Panthers made Malik Willis the No. 1 quarterback on the board at No. 6 overall. Funnily enough, the next quarterback taken was Kenny Pickett at No. 20 Pittsburgh Steelers – needy clubs like Atlanta, Washington, New Orleans (twice) all passed on Pickett.