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

Updated November 5, 2019 375 votes 38 voters17 items

List RulesBased 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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    J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 1 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)

  • 2
    DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 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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     Deshaun Watson  is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
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    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) 4 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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    Whitney Mercilus is listed (or ranked) 5 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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    Will Fuller is listed (or ranked) 6 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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    Brian Cushing is listed (or ranked) 7 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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    Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 8 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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    Kareem Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
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    Kareem Jackson

    Overall selection: 20 (2010)

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

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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
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    Duane Brown

    Overall selection: 26 (2008)

    Stats
    123 games, 7 tackles

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    Mario Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 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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    Dunta Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 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

  • 13
    David Carr is listed (or ranked) 13 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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    Kevin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Houston Texans First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft
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    Kevin Johnson

    Overall selection: 16 (2015)

    Stats
    35 games, 122 tackles, 1 interception

  • 15
    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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    Travis Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 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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    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

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