Houston, we have a QB: Texans land C.J. Stroud with No. 2 pick

The Texans revealed a well-kept secret on Thursday night, selecting Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.Unsettled at the position since Deshaun Watson ran afoul of the law and was later traded, Stroud is the third quarterback drafted in the first round in Houston’s franchise history.Stroud backed up Justin Fields at Ohio State before two record-smashing seasons for the Buckeyes, putting up 324 passing yards and more than three touchdown passes per game.First-year head coach DeMeco Ryans said last month the Texans weren’t drafting “a savior” second overall but were focused on building the foundation for success with 12 total draft picks and two first-rounders entering Thursday.And production in 2022 indicates a turnaround for the Texans is far more than a one-man job.Houston was in the bottom fourth of the NFL in most offensive categories last season with Davis Mills operating as the primary quarterback.The Texans ranked 30th in total points (17 per game), 25th in passing (196.7 per game) and 31st in rushing yards (86.8 per game).A Hail Mary TD to beat Indianapolis in Week 18 cost the Texans the No. 1 pick, which originally went to the Chicago Bears and was traded to the Carolina Panthers.