KPRC 2 is providing special digital coverage for the NFL Draft. NFL Insider Aaron Wilson from Pro Football Network recently broke down all the Houston Texans’ selections with KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy in the video below.
As the 2022 NFL Draft progressed, we provided a running list of Texans’ draft picks and trades, as well as the local players picked, starting from the most recent and going back to Day One of the draft.
HOUSTON TEXANS DRAFT FLORIDA RUNNING BACK DAMEON PIERCE: Houston got Day 3 started by addressing needs in their backfield, opting for Florida running back Dameon Pierce with their 4th-round pick, 107th overall. In his final season for the Gators, Pierce averaged almost six yards a carry on his way to 13 rushing touchdowns.
JETS DRAFT A&M DEFENSIVE LINEMAN MICHAEL CLEMONS: In the 4th round, with the 117th overall pick, the New York Jets selected defensive end Michael Clemons from Texas A&M. This past year, Clemons was awarded Defensive Team MVP at the Aggies’ team banquet. In one of his highlights to the season, he registered 3.5 sacks against LSU.
CHARGERS DRAFT FORMER KLEIN COLLINS, A&M STAR ISAIAH SPILLER: Local star Isaiah Spiller, who was viewed somewhat as a hero during the draft process, has been selected by the Los Angeles Chargers in the 4th round with the 123rd pick overall. This past season, while splitting time in the backfield with Devon Achane, Spiller averaged over five-and-a-half yards a carry, finishing with 1200 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns combining rushing and receiving and being named to the All-SEC second team.
FORMER HBU QB DRAFTED BY NEW ENGLAND: Bailey Zappe, who once threw for seven touchdowns in a single game for Houston Baptist in 2019, was picked Saturday in the 4th round by the New England Patriots with the 137th pick overall. Zappe transferred to Western Kentucky before this past season, where he shattered NCAA records, throwing for nearly 6,000 yards and 62 touchdowns to 11 interceptions in 14 games.
RAVENS DRAFT UH CORNERBACK DAMARION WILLIAMS: The Baltimore Ravens bolstered their defense further by selecting Damarion Williams from the University of Houston with their 4th round pick at 141st overall. This past season, Williams finished tied for second on the Cougars in both total tackles and pass breakups.
TEXANS DRAFT STANFORD DEFENSIVE TACKLE THOMAS BOOKER: To start their 5th round, the Houston Texans selected Thomas Booker from Stanford with the 150th pick overall. This past season, Booker was named to the Pac-12 Conference’s second team. He had five tackles for loss in 12 games played as a starter for the Cardinal.
SAM HOUSTON STATE DEFENSIVE BACK ZYON MCCOLLUM DRAFTED BY TAMPA: Zyon McCollum, a star at Galveston Ball High School and a member of the Bearkats’ FCS National Championship team, was selected Saturday in the 5th round, 157th overall, by the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. McCollum tested extremely well during the draft process, running a 4.33 40-yard-dash time. This past season, McCollum tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
DENVER DRAFTS FORMER HEMPSTEAD STANDOUT DELARRIN TURNER-YELL: In the 5th round at 152nd overall, the Denver Broncos chose safety Delarrin Turner-Yell, a former star at Hempstead High School before his college days at Oklahoma, where he started 31 games for the Sooners.
CHARGERS DRAFT FORMER KATY TAYLOR STAR OTITO OGBONNIA: The Los Angeles Chargers selected former Katy Taylor star defensive tackle Otito Ogbonnia from UCLA with the 160th overall pick in the 5th round. Ogbonnia didn’t just excel on the football field - he was an absolute stud in the shot put. In 2019, Ogbonnia won the US Track & Field Under-20 Championships in the shot put and finished third at the same competition in the discus.
TEXANS DRAFT OREGON STATE TIGHT END TEAGAN QUITORIANO: In the 5th round, with the 170th pick overall, the Houston Texans drafted Oregon State tight end Teagan Quitoriano, who measures 6′6″ and started 30 of his 42 games played in college.
FORMER UT RUNNING BACK INGRAM DRAFTED BY CARDINALS: Keaontay Ingram started his career at Texas before transferring to USC as Bijan Robinson emerged with the Longhorns. Now, Ingram is headed to the NFL, where he was selected in the 6th round, 201st overall, by the Arizona Cardinals.
BROWNS DRAFT FORMER MAGNOLIA HIGH SCHOOL STAR: Michael Woods II, who starred at Magnolia High School before going on to a collegiate career at Arkansas and then Oklahoma, was selected in the 6th round, 202nd overall by the Cleveland Browns. Woods totaled 12 touchdowns over his four years in college.
TEXANS DRAFT FORMER CY-FAIR STAR LINEMAN AUSTIN DECULUS: The Houston Texans went local for their pick in the 6th round, 205th overall. Austin Deculus was a star at Cy-Fair High School before starting all four years on the offensive line for LSU. His time as a starter also included being part of the Tigers’ 2019 National Championship team.
SECOND KLEIN COLLINS ALUMNUS GETS DRAFTED: Earlier on Saturday, Isaiah Spiller was drafted by the Chargers. Fellow Klein Collins alumnus Cameron Goode was also selected on Satruday - the Miami Dolphins drafted the linebacker in the 7th round at 224th overall. Goode led Cal this past season in tackles for loss, sacks, and quarterback hurries.
JERSEY VILLAGE’S CHRIS PAUL GETS DRAFTED BY WASHINGTON: Jersey Village saw one of their own get drafted on Saturday. In the 7th round, with the 230th pick overall, the Washington Commanders selected Paul, who played his college ball at Tulsa. Paul played several different positions on the offensive line for Tulsa.
HOUSTON COUGARS’ LOGAN HALL DRAFTED BY TAMPA BAY: Logan Hall became the first to have his name called on the draft’s second day. The University of Houston star defensive lineman was selected 33rd overall by the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.
TEXANS GO LOCAL AGAIN, DRAFT BAYLOR’S JALEN PITRE: The Houston Texans went local for their second straight selection and helped their secondary in the process, picking Jalen Pitre at 37th overall. The safety is not only from Baylor University, but he also starred locally at Stafford High School.
The Houston Texans had a bevy of picks to start Day 2 of the draft. They used some of them to get another pick in the 2nd round, swapping with the Cleveland Browns a third-rounder (68th overall) and two fourth rounders (108th and 124th overall) for the 44th overall pick.
TEXANS TRADE WITH BROWNS TO MOVE UP IN 2ND ROUND: Texans chose Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III for their 44th pick overall in the second round Friday. Metchie was 2021 2nd team all-SEC.
TEXANS TRADE WITH BRONCOS TO MOVE UP IN 3RD ROUND: The Denver Broncos traded with the Texans, moving Houston’s pick up to 75. Broncos will get 80 and 162 pick.
TEXANS GO ALABAMA, AGAIN: Texans drafted linebacker Christian Harris as their 75th pick. He’ll be teaming up with Metchie, who was also drafted to the Texans earlier Friday.
A&M’S DEMARVIN LEAL GOES 84TH TO STEELERS: The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Texas A&M’s DeMarvin Leal with the 84th overall pick. Leal was listed by the main recruiting sites as a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. Leal finished with 8.5 sacks last season with the Aggies.
HOUSTON COUGARS’ MARCUS JONES DRAFTED BY THE PATRIOTS: Over the course of his collegiate career, Marcus Jones proved his worth with his versatility. On Friday night, the New England Patriots drafted Jones as the 85th pick overall. Jones excelled as a defensive back with the Cougars and also as a returner.
BILLS DRAFT LA PORTE EX, BAYLOR LINEBACKER TERREL BERNARD: In the 3rd round, with the 89th pick overall, the Buffalo Bills selected the former La Porte High School star, Terrel Bernard. Bernard was the Sugar Bowl MVP this past year, making an astounding 20 tackles and two sacks.
TOP PICK: The Texans selected LSU star cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. at No. 3 overall. Stingley is known for his extreme talent, but also comes with an injury-laden past. It’s clear that Houston is going for Stingley’s potential as a lockdown corner when healthy with this selection.
The Houston Texans also had the the13th overall pick, but as the night went on, they turned that one pick into four selections, including the 15th overall pick, via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
With that 15th pick, the Texans drafted offensive lineman Kenyon Green, who starred at Atascocita High School and Texas A&M, and was a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Trophy this past season which is given to college football’s top lineman.
The Eagles trade: pick 15, 124, 162, 166— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 29, 2022
The Texans trade: pick 13
The Texans have 10 picks heading into tonight’s draft including two in the first round.— Chancellor Johnson (@KPRC2Chancellor) April 28, 2022
Don’t be surprised if Houston goes heavy on defense pic.twitter.com/KtWEcE1dno
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