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Houston Texans 2024 NFL Draft picks, analysis and rookie spotlight

2T4E0A2 JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 28: Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Kamari Lassiter (3) lines up for a play during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators on October 28, 2023 at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

The 2024 NFL Draft is now in the rearview mirror. After a flurry of selections from April 25 to April 27, 257 players were selected to join the NFL.

With that, we give you our full recap of the Houston Texans‘ draft, with analysis on every selection the team made during the weekend and an in-depth look at their top pick.

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2024 Draft Picks

Lassiter — The cornerback run continues. Lassiter is a savvy cornerback who started on the outside in each of the last two seasons for Georgia, grading out in the 68th percentile in PFF coverage grade since 2022. It’s another dart throw at cornerback for Houston, who also brought in Jeff Okudah and CJ Henderson to compete for a spot across from Derek Stingley Jr.

Fisher — Notre Dame‘s Blake Fisher is a sturdy right tackle who provides the Texans some depth up front. He’s not flashy, but he has proven to be consistent. Fisher has posted 72.9 and 71.1 overall PFF grades over the past two seasons. Whether he starts immediately or within the next couple of years, Fisher provides further stability to Houston‘s offensive line, even if he isn’t the flashiest pick.

Bullock — A versatile and athletic safety prospect out of USC, Bullock has the range to be a difference-maker on the back end. He racked up seven interceptions and 11 forced incompletions over the past two seasons, but his play strength and tackling issues make him a bit of a project, albeit one with a solid ceiling.

Stover — Houston adds a quality receiving threat at tight end in Stover. Since 2022, his 982 receiving yards and 45 first downs led all Big Ten tight ends. He also produced a fantastic 138.2 passer rating when targeted this past season.

Hill — Hill played 350 or more defensive snaps in each of the past four seasons and was solid in coverage, earning a 70.0-plus grade in that facet in each of the past two years. He missed just 6.9% of the tackles he attempted last year, which could help him stick on special teams.

Jordan — Jordan is on the smaller side for the position (193 pounds) and produced underwhelming testing numbers (4.56-second 40-yard dash), but he produced some big plays for Louisville over the past few seasons, with 50 runs of 10-plus yards. It’s another option in the backfield for the Texans, who replaced Devin Singletary with Joe Mixon earlier this offseason.

Byrd — Byrd was always expected to take a big step in his later years at USC, so this is a high-ceiling selection for the Texans. Byrd can learn from Defensive Rookie of the Year Will Anderson Jr. after recording 41 pressures in 2023 on 302 pass-rush snaps. He often looks to dip under offensive tackles and could aim to bulk up to be a more productive NFL player.

Harris — Harris was fantastic against the run this past season, earning an 87.4 PFF run-defense grade in the best season of his college career. He has the talent to compete for snaps on a rotational basis as a rookie, especially on early downs, finishing this past season with a 10.2% run-stop rate.

Henderson — Henderson wasn’t on the PFF big board and struggled down the stretch for the Michigan Wolverines. He did show some flashes early in the season, though, earning a PFF pass-blocking grade above 70.0 in six of the first eight games of the year.


Rookie Spotlight: CB Kamari LassiterGeorgia

  • From his hands to his feet, Lassiter is a smart, fundamentally sound player who understands the importance of technique.
  • Hand placement and punch timing in press are reliable and consistent.
  • Not the fastest footwork, but he looks in control at all times.
  • Savvy hand fighter throughout the route.
  • Smart and sound run defender who does not give up the sideline and funnels ball carriers in.
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  • A good but not great athlete when it comes to recovery speed and burst.
  • Long speed can be adequate, but it needs build-up time.
  • Sometimes too conservative with funneling players in run defense.
  • Not much ball production despite playing more than 1,500 snaps the past two years.
The bottom line

Lassiter is a competitive, scheme-versatile cornerback who can succeed in both man and zone assignments. While he isn't the best athlete at the position, he makes up for it in many ways, including through instincts and anticipation. He projects as a priority Day 2 selection as a future CB2.

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