Football The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft  

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List Rules Based only on career success with Houston Texans. Only picks made during Super Bowl era (since 1967).

The Houston Texans' first-round draft picks have created a few great legacies for amazing players in their short history as a franchise. Houston entered the NFL in 2002 with the hopes of a new team finding success in Texas. Quite a few great players have already become legends thanks to the Houston Texans' draft picks hitting home runs.

The Texans fan base has yet to witness a Super Bowl, but the team has been a part of multiple playoff runs thanks to numerous division titles. More great draft picks will be necessary to get to the ultimate goal of winning the big prize and to join the top ranks of the NFL's best teams.

So, who has been the top first-round draft pick in Houston Texans history? The stats below reflect only players’ time spent with the Texans, and that’s what you should consider when voting. How much did these players help the team that drafted them?

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DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 27 (2013)

Stats
95 games, 7,437 receiving yards (47 touchdowns)

Achievements
3× Pro Bowl (2015, 2017, 2018)
2× First-team All-Pro (2017, 2018)

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J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2011)

Stats
104 games played, 455 tackles, 92 sacks, 22 forced fumbles

Achievements
5× Pro Bowl (2012–2015, 2018)
5× First-team All-Pro (2012–2015, 2018)
3× NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014, 2015)

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Whitney Mercilus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 26 (2012)

Stats
99 games, 267 tackles, 9 forced fumbles

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Deshaun Watson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Deshaun Watson

Overall selection: 12 (2017)

Stats
23 games, 5,864 passing yard (45 touchdowns), 820 rushing yards (7 touchdowns)

Achievements
Pro Bowl (2018)

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Andre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 3 (2003)

Stats
169 games, 13,597 receiving yards (64 touchdowns), 23 rushing yards

Achievements
7× Pro Bowl (2004, 2006, 2008–2010, 2012, 2013)
2× First-team All-Pro (2008, 2009)
2× Second-team All-Pro (2006, 2012)

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Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (2006)

Stats
82 games, 241 tackles, 53 sacks, 11 forced fumbles

Achievements
2× Pro Bowl (2008, 2009)
Second-team All-Pro (2007)

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Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (2014)

Stats
62 games, 205 tackles, 29 sacks, 4 forced fumbles

Achievements
3× Pro Bowl (2016–2018)
First-team All-Pro (2016)

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Dunta Robinson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 10 (2004)

Stats
84 games, 393 tackles, 13 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles

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Brian Cushing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 15 (2009)

Stats
104 games, 665 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 8 interceptions

Achievements
Pro Bowl (2009)
2× Second-team All-Pro (2009, 2011)
NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2009)

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Duane Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 26 (2008)

Stats
123 games, 7 tackles

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Will Fuller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 21 (2016)

Stats
31 games, 1561 recieving yards (13 touchdowns)

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David Carr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 1 (2002)

Stats

76 games, 13,391 passing yards (59 touchdowns), 268 rushing yards (8 touchdowns)

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Kareem Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 20 (2010)

Stats
132 games, 559 tackles, 6 forced fumbles, 3 interceptions

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Travis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 16 (2005)

Stats
54 games, 106 tackles, 1 interception

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Jason Babin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 27 (2004)

Stats
43 games, 124 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

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Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
Kevin Johnson

Overall selection: 16 (2015)

Stats
35 games, 122 tackles, 1 interception

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Amobi Okoye is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

Overall selection: 10 (2007)

Stats
62 games, 138 tackles, 11 sacks, 2 forced fumbles