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Reliant Stadium where the Houston Texans play their home games.

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 J. J. Watt, a Defensive end from the University of Wisconsin.

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 twice, David Carr in 2002 and Mario Williams in 2006. The team never selected number two overall and number three overall once, Andre Johnson. As of 2007 the Texans have never selected more than one first-round player from the same college. 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.

Player selections

Selected number one overall On Texans active roster
Year Pick Player name Position College Notes
2002 1 David Carr Quarterback Fresno State First draft pick in franchise history. Agreed to contract before the draft.
2003 3 Andre Johnson Wide receiver Miami (FL) 5x Pro Bowl selection, 3x All-Pro selection.
2004 10 Dunta Robinson Cornerback South Carolina
2004 27 Jason Babin Defensive end Western Michigan [1]
2005 16 Travis Johnson Defensive tackle Florida State [2]
2006 1 Mario Williams Defensive end North Carolina State 2x Pro Bowl selection.
2007 10 Amobi Okoye Defensive tackle Louisville Youngest player ever taken in modern draft era.
2008 26 Duane Brown Offensive tackle Virginia Tech
2009 15 Brian Cushing Outside linebacker Southern California 1x Pro Bowl selection. 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year
2010 20 Kareem Jackson Cornerback Alabama
2011 11 J. J. Watt Defensive end Wisconsin
2012 26 Whitney Mercilus Defensive end Illinois


  1. 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.
  2. 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.