List of Houston Texans first-round draft picks
The Houston Texans joined the National Football League (NFL) in 2002. The Texans' first selection as an NFL team was David Carr, a quarterback from Fresno State. The team's most recent first-round selection was Deshaun Watson, a quarterback from Clemson.
Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as the "NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting," which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.
The Texans have selected number one overall thrice, David Carr in 2002, Mario Williams in 2006, and Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. The team never selected number two overall and number three overall once, Andre Johnson. No player selected by the Texans has been inaugurated into the NFL Hall Of Fame. The Houston Texans have only once drafted two or more times in the first round, which occurred in 2004.
|Selected number one overall||On Texans active roster|
|2002||1||Carr, DavidDavid Carr||QB||Fresno State||First draft pick in franchise history. Agreed to contract before the draft.|
|2003||3||Johnson, AndreAndre Johnson||WR||Miami (FL)||7x Pro Bowl selection.
2x All-Pro first-team selection.
|2004||10||Robinson, DuntaDunta Robinson||CB||South Carolina|
|2004||27||Babin, JasonJason Babin||DE||Western Michigan||2x Pro Bowl selection.|
|2005||16||Johnson, TravisTravis Johnson||DT||Florida State|||
|2006||1||Williams, MarioMario Williams||DE||North Carolina State||4x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro first-team selection.
|2007||10||Okoye, AmobiAmobi Okoye||DT||Louisville||Youngest player ever taken in modern draft era.|
|2008||26||Brown, DuaneDuane Brown||OT||Virginia Tech||3x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro first-team selection.
|2009||15||Cushing, BrianBrian Cushing||OLB||Southern California||1x Pro Bowl selection.
2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year.
|2010||20||Jackson, KareemKareem Jackson||CB||Alabama|
|2011||11||Watt, J. J.J. J. Watt||DE||Wisconsin||4x Pro Bowl selection.
4x All-Pro first-team selection.
2014 Bert Bell Award.
3x Defensive Player of the Year.
2015 Pro Bowl Defensive MVP.
|2012||26||Mercilus, WhitneyWhitney Mercilus||DE||Illinois||1x Pro Bowl selection|
|2013||27||Hopkins, DeAndreDeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson||1x Pro Bowl selection.
1x All-Pro second-team selection.
|2014||1||Clowney, JadeveonJadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||1x Pro Bowl selection|
|2015||16||Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson||CB||Wake Forest|
|2016||21||Fuller, WillWill Fuller||WR||Notre Dame|||
|2017||12||Watson, DeshaunDeshaun Watson||QB||Clemson|
- On April 24, 2004 the Texans traded a second round pick, third round pick, fourth round pick and fifth round pick to the Tennessee Titans for this pick and a fifth-round pick.
- On April 23, 2005 the Texans traded a first round pick to the New Orleans Saints for this pick and a third round pick in the 2006 draft.
- On April 28, 2016, the Texans traded a first round pick and a sixth round pick in the 2017 Draft to the Washington Redskins for this pick.
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