DeMeco Ryans: The Texans' No. 2 pick doesn't need to be a 'catcher'

of Houston Texans They have two picks in the top half of 2023 NFL draft (Nos. 2 and 12), but head coach DeMeco Ryans isn’t expecting both picks, especially the No. 2 pick, to change the franchise overnight.

Ryan explained on Tuesday why it was “unfair” to expect a high draft pick to be a “savior.”

“It’s very exciting for us to be selected as number 2, but at the same time, there is no pressure for a young person to be selected.” Ryans said.. “I think it’s unfair to ask a guy just because you’re picked No. 2 overall. You have to come in. You’re the face of our franchise and you’re the leader. That’s unfair to the guy. I am. We don’t put that kind of weight on the shoulders of whoever we pick. That’s not what we expect. That’s what we expect them to do. This is not the case.

“We’re expecting them to come in, be good teammates, work hard, be intentional about what you do and have the mindset to get better every day. Whether you pick one or two, that’s the mindset. The last draft pick. It doesn’t matter when you get picked. Leaders, those People grow based on our team. Every team is different. We have leaders in our locker room, so I’m not asking a guy. Come in and be that savior for our team. We’re asking him to come in and put his head down.

Houston is expected to select a quarterback with the No. 2 pick. Includes a list of QBs projected to go in the opening round of the draft AlabamaS Brice Young, Ohio StateS CJ Stroud, FloridaS Anthony Richardson And KentuckyS Will Lewis.

Fox Sports AFC South reporter Ben Arthur Houston has Young with the No. 2 pick. The latest mock draft.

The Carolina Panthers, who traded up to secure the top pick in the draft, are also expected to take a QB.

Davis Mills He has started 26 games under center for the Texans over the past two seasons. Former third round pick Stanford He had a 5-19-1 record as the team’s starter, completing 64% of his passes for 5,782 yards, 33 touchdown passes and 25 touchdowns.

Houston signed a backup job Case Keenum A two-year deal this offseason. Keenum, 35, began his NFL career with the Texans in 2012. He’s expected to add a veteran presence to the team’s QB unit, and if the organization wants to let go of a presumptive starting QB, he could complete Mills for the starting role. Time to develop and learn from a trusted veteran.

“With the quarterback position, it’s all about the guy,” Ryans said. “We talk about a rookie quarterback, a veteran, it doesn’t matter, what’s the guy’s makeup? Is he fit to start for your team? That’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter where the guy is in his career. Is it a rookie, third year, fourth year? Who? Is he the best person, the right person for our team? We don’t know that right now.

The Texans went 3-13-1 last season, good for 31st in the NFL and picking in the top three in the draft for the second consecutive season. The team averaged 283.5 total yards and 17.0 points per game. Defensively, the Texans have surrendered 379.5 total yards per game (30th) and 24.7 points per game (27th).

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