The Texans trade with the Cardinals and draft No. 2 and No. 3 overall

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The Houston Texans decided to stay put at No. 2 overall and drafted Ohio State quarterback, CJ Stroud.

Here's an overview of Stroud from our draft expert Lance Zierlein, via

Stroud’s accuracy stands out on tape. He’s able to lead receivers with good placement and make on-frame throws to targets on all areas of the field. The question now is how quickly he will acclimate outside of the Ohio State scheme. Stroud didn’t often attack defenses with his legs, but if he can become a more willing runner, he will be able to extend drives rather than feeling forced into more challenging decision-making situations. NFL teams will have to balance what they saw on tape from Stroud during the 2022 regular season against his great College Football Playoff semifinal performance, when he shined versus Georgia’s impressive collection pro prospects. If he did it once he can do it again, and grading the flashes for Stroud might make the most sense.

For more info on Stroud, check out his full draft profile on

Moments later, the Texans traded up with the Cardinals and drafted Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson.

Have a look at what Lance Zierlein thinks of Anderson.

He has the rush get-off and skill level to consistently shave edges or pry open rush paths with inside moves. Even when he’s blocked around the arc or on the diagonal, Anderson’s footwork, cornering and closing speed help him dive into the pocket. There is room for more growth with hand usage and he will need to prove he can keep racking up the sack totals outside of Nick Saban’s scheme. Anderson is suited to a 3-4 front, where he can play wider to better allow his length to overcome size deficiencies at the point of attack. His traits, athleticism and production against high-level competition are indicators of a Pro Bowl future.

To learn more, head to for his full player profile.

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