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9:05 p.m. — General manager Nick Caserio pulled off two Day 2 trades that yielded two Alabama players. Caserio traded the team’s No. 68, 108 and 124 selections for wide receiver John Metchie III, then traded the team’s No. 80 and 162 selections for linebacker Christian Harris. The Texans have five picks remaining in the NFL draft: No. 107 (4th), No. 166 (5th), No. 170 (5th), No. 205 (6th) and No. 207 (6th). — Brooks Kubena

Texans trade up again, take Alabama LB Harris

9:00 p.m. — The Texans have traded their No. 80 and No. 162 picks to the Broncos for their No. 75 overall pick, which they used on Alabama linebacker Christian Harris. — Brooks Kubena

Performative war rooms?

9:00 p.m. — Watching the NFL draft and wondering if taking the 15th wide receiver or the fifth center in the middle of the third round warrants war room celebrations.

Did teams always applaud moves like this or only since TV cameras were brought into the picture?

They’re cheering themselves on as if the 70th best prospect was the No. 1 pick.

I get the sense these are more performances than true emotional reactions.

In the words of Elaine Benes, “Fake, fake, fake, fake.” — Jerome Solomon

Logan Hall, fanboy

8:45 p.m. — Houston’s Logan Hall, drafted by Tampa Bay at No. 33, made sure to stop by quarterback Tom Brady’s locker during his predraft visit.

“I’m so fired up,” he said. “You have no idea. I’ve been watching that guy play my entire life I was fanboying so hard.” — Joseph Duarte

Leal remains available

8:33 p.m. — DeMarvin Leal was Jimbo Fisher’s first five-star pledge at Texas A&M. While he had a productive college career over three seasons, Leal has not lived up to the five stars in terms of what the NFL anticipates from the athletic defensive lineman.

Leal bypassed his senior season at A&M but was not picked over the first two rounds of the NFL draft. Leal late Thursday night was fired up that he was not a first-round selection.

Leal posted in part to social media: “… I actually like this … y’all gonna pay.”

Leal’s stock dropped after a middling showing at the NFL combine and after running the 40-yard dash in 5.04 seconds at A&M’s annual pro day. Leal (6-4, 283) also rates as a bit of a tweener on the defensive line – not explosive enough to consistently harass quarterbacks from the outside and not hefty enough to steadily stuff the run game from the inside. — Brent Zwerneman

Metchie will be ready by July

7:18 p.m. — Alabama wide receiver John Metchie, who suffered a torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game in December, said he will be ready by July with “no training wheels.” It’s significant news for the Texans, which could use additional targets to compliment leading receiver Brandin Cooks, whose 134 targets in 2021 were more than double the next wide receiver (Nico Collins, 60). How ready will Metchie be? “When I say ready in July, I mean it’s full-go football,” Metchie said. — Brooks Kubena

Metchie an Aggie killer

7:23 p.m. — Texas A&M fans immediately recognized the name of the Texans’ second second-round pick – and so did A&M defensive backs of the past and present.

Alabama receiver John Metchie III in October 2020 burned the Aggies for touchdown receptions of 78 and 63 yards, in outshining star teammates Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith on that day in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban happily pointed out later that day that A&M’s safeties were “very aggressive,” and so Alabama made them pay deep in a 52-24 thrashing of the Aggies in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

No one made A&M pay more that day than Metchie, in the Aggies’ last loss to the Crimson Tide after they upset Alabama 41-38 last October at Kyle Field. — Brent Zwerneman

Texans trade up for WR

7:06 p.m. — Houston moved back into the second round to take Alabama receiver John Metchie at No. 44. The Texans gave the Browns their 68th, 108th and 124th picks — Reid Laymance

Pitre sticking with Baylor pays off

7:02 p.m. — Jalen Pitre, who played in high school at Stafford, signed with Baylor as part of the 2017 recruiting class but stayed with the program after Art Briles was fired during the school’s sexual assault scandal. “I wanted to show people that I’m a loyal guy, and I’m gonna stick to my word so that’s what went into that, and it ended up working out well for me,” he told Ch. 13 at the time. — Reid Laymance

Pitre adds versatility to secondary

6:45 p.m. — Newly picked Texans safety Jalen Pitre was a versatile defensive back under coach Dave Aranda at Baylor, and he said “I’m gonna try to be a guy that can play a lot of different positions and do a lot of different things” in newly promoted Texans coach Lovie Smith’s defense. “I’m very thankful that he believed in me.” Smith highly values takeaways and adamantly preached about forcing turnovers with his defensive players last season. Pitre was a highly disruptive player in 2021, recording 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. — Brooks Kubena

‘White Shoes’ Johnson makes a cameo

6:42 p.m. — One of my first memories of the Oilers was Billy “White Shoes” Johnson scoring touchdowns. Well, not really the touchdowns themselves, but what happened afterward.

Johnson’s “Funky Chicken” leg swings – if “swings” is the right word – were often imitated but never duplicated on the Oak Ridge Elementary playground. He not only was a fan favorite in Houston but a pint-sized fan favorite in schools across Harris and surrounding counties.

Johnson played for the Oilers, the NFL’s one-time team in Houston, from 1974-1980 as a receiver and return man.

It all adds up to why Johnson’s Funky Chicken when calling out the Tennessee Titans’ early pick in the second round on Friday night was a draft highlight for the 50-and-above crowd, a bunch that will always appreciate “White Shoes” and his joy for the game. — Brent Zwerneman

‘Travon Walker 2.0’

6:39 p.m. — Some immediate observations from ESPN analysts on Logan Hall being selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the first pick of Day 2:

David Pollack: “He is Travon Walker 2.0. You can move him all up and down the line of scrimmage.”

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III: “He’s an athlete. He can run sideline-to-sideline. The production wasn’t quite there, but his attitude and tenaciousness with which he plays the game … the Buccaneers are looking to reload on that defensive line because they know two years ago it was their defensive line that led them to that championship, even though it’s Tom Brady that gets all that credit.” — Joseph Duarte

General knowledge

6:35 p.m. — How John McClain (noted Baylor alum) scouted Jalen Pitre: The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year reminds scouts of Tyrann Mathieu. They lack ideal size, but they’re so athletic and intelligent they can play either safety position as well as slot corner. Pitre is an excellent tackler with a nose for the ball and has improved in coverage. He’s a team leader who has excellent recognition. Should go early in the second round but could slip into the bottom of the first. — Reid Laymance

Texans grab Baylor’s Pitre

6:32 p.m. — The Texans selected Baylor safety Jalen Pitre with the No. 37 overall pick in the second round. The 5-11, 198-pound defensive back was a versatile player in coach Dave Aranda’s scheme with the Bears, and he’ll fit nicely into newly promoted Texans coach Lovie Smith’s defense. General manager Nick Caserio has addressed the secondary again. The Texans spent the No. 3 overall pick on LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. They add another dynamic playmaker who recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles last season. — Brooks Kubena

UH beats UT, again

6:31 p.m. — For the third time in the last four years, the University of Houston had a player taken in the NFL draft before the University of Texas. (The other year the separation was by only two slots).

Defensive lineman Logan Hall was the first pick of the second round, going to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hall almost became the third first-round pick for UH in the last four years.

Last year defensive end Payton Turner was a first-round pick (28th overall to New Orleans), and in 2019, defensive tackle Ed Oliver went with the ninth pick to Buffalo. 

UT hasn’t had a player drafted in the first round since 2015. — Jerome Solomon

UH’s Hall to Bucs

6:16 p.m. — University of Houston defensive lineman Logan Hall has been selected with the first pick of Day 2 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — the No. 33 overall pick — in the NFL draft. Hall had 6 ½ sacks and 13 ½ tackles for loss last season to earn first-team All-AAC. Hall is regarded as an edge rusher who has ability to move inside and rush the passer. — Joseph Duarte 

Derek Stingley defends production

4:54 p.m. — One great freshman season and two down years at LSU preceded Derek Stingley Jr. becoming the No. 3 overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft.

Asked about his sophomore and junior seasons, the Texans’ new cornerback continued to state that his on-field production was better than it appeared.

“Me, personally, I knew where I was at, on the field and off the field,” Stingley said Friday at NRG Stadium. “I still felt like I was at that level.”

As a freshman, Stingley intercepted six passes, recorded 15 passes defended and totaled 38 tackles. He played in 15 games for an undefeated LSU team that won the national championship and produced one of the best seasons in the sport’s history.

Stingley played in only 10 games the next two seasons, failing to record an interception and totaling 35 tackles, while dealing with a Lisfranc injury.

As for the outside perception and doubts surrounding his final years at LSU, Stingley said that is out of his control.

“There’s no point in me trying to worry about that and worry about what other people think,” Stingley said. “If you look at any great ever, there’s always two sides to it. … I don’t worry about it.” — Brian T. Smith

Round 2
33. Tampa Bay (from Jacksonville): Logan Hall, DT, Houston
34. Green Bay (from Detroit via Minnesota): Christian Watson, WR, North Dakota St.
35. Tennessee (from N.Y. Jets): Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn
36: N.Y. Jets (from N.Y Giants): Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State
37: Houston: Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor
38: Atlanta (from Carolina va N.Y. Jets): Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn St.
39. Chicago: Kyler Gordon, CB, Washington
40. Seattle (from Denver): Boye Mafe, DE, Minnesota
41. Seattle: Kenneth Walker, RB, MIchigan St.
42. Minnesota (from Washington via Indianapolis): Andrew Booth, CB, Clemson
43. N.Y. Giants (from Atlanta): Wan’Dale Robinson, WR, Kentucky
44. Houston (from Cleveland): John Metchie III, WR Alabama
45. Baltimore: David Ojabo, LB, Michigan
46. Detroit (from Minnesota): Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky
47. Washington (from Indianapolis): Phidarian Mathis, DT, Alabama
48. Chicago (from L.A. Chargers): Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
49. New Orleans: Alontae Taylor, CB, Tennessee
50. New England (from Miami via Kansas City): Tyquan Thornton, WR, Baylor
51. Philadelphia: Cameron Jurgens, C, Nebraska
52. Pittsburgh: George Pickens, WR, Georgia
53. Indianapolis (from Las Vegas via Green Bay): Alec Pierce, WR, Cincinnati
54. Kansas City (from New England): Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
55. Arizona: Trey McBride, TE, Colorado St.
56. Dallas: Sam Williams, DE, Mississippi
57. Tampa Bay (from Buffalo): Luke Goedeke, T, Central Michigan
58. Atlanta (from Tennessee): Troy Andersen, LB, Montana St.
59. Minnesota (from Green Bay): Ed Ingram, G, LSU
60. Cincinnati (from Tampa Bay via Buffalo): Cam Taylor-Britt, S, Nebraska
60. Cincinnati (from Tampa Bay via Buffalo): Cam Taylor-Britt, S, Nebraska
61. San Francisco: Drake Jackson, LB, USC
62. Kansas City: Bryan Cook, S, Cincinnati
63. Buffalo (from Cincinnati): James Cook, RB, Georgia
64. Denver (from L.A. Rams): Nik Bonitto, LB, Oklahoma

Round 3
65. Jacksonville: Luke Fortner, C, Kentucky
66. Minnesota (from Detroit) Brian Asamoah, LB, Oklahoma
67. N.Y. Giants: Joshua Ezeudu, G, North Carolina
68. Cleveland (from Houston): Martin Emerson, CB, Mississippi St.
69. Tennessee (from N.Y. Jets): Nicholas Petit-Frere, T, Ohio St.
70. Jacksonville (from Carolina): Chad Muma, LB, Wyoming
71. Chicago: Velus Jones Jr., WR, Tennessee
72. Seattle: Abraham Lucas, T, Washington St.
73. Indianapolis (from Washington): Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
74. Atlanta: Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
75. Houston (from Denver): Christian Harris, LB, Alabama


Welcome to the league

4:22 p.m. — Texans first-round pick Kenyon Green said veteran offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil texted him Thursday night to congratulate him and told him to be ready to work. Green says his phone froze and wasn’t immediately able to text back. — Brooks Kubena

Familiar locale

4:13 p.m. — Texans first-round pick Kenyon Green of Atascocita and Texas A&M is more than familiar with his new professional home. “I have a good record here,” he joked of NRG Stadium, where he’s played multiple times in high school. — Greg Rajan

It could have been worse

4:08 p.m  —  At least the Texans didn’t get the kind of reaction the Patriots did from the Rams on their first-round pick, Cole Strange, a lineman from Tennessee-Chattanooga. It’s like the Rams forgot they lost to New England in the Super Bowl a few years back. Check out the video below. — Reid Laymance

A confident Derek Stingley Jr.

4:06 p.m. — Derek Stingley Jr. said neither he nor the Texans are concerned on his injuries at LSU. “They saw my true talent beyond everything else,” the first-round cornerback said. — Reid Laymance

Texans alum to announce pick

4 p.m. — Former Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph is slated to announce the team’s second-round pick Friday. Joseph played for the Texans from 2011-19 and is considered the best free-agent addition in franchise history. Two other players with Houston ties also will announce picks Friday. Tony Boselli, the recent Pro Football Hall of Fame electee who was a 2002 expansion draft pick by the Texans but did not play for them because of injury, will announce Jacksonville’s second-round pick. And former Oilers receiver Billy “White Shoes” Johnson will announce Tennessee’s third-round pick. Of course, Johnson never played a game in Nashville. — Greg Rajan

Players to watch

4 p.m. — A look at players the Texans could target with their three picks on the second day of the draft. — Reid Laymance

Day 1 coverage

If you missed anything, here’s our first-round content from the selections of LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and Texas A&M guard Kenyon Green:

• Day 1: It was about filling needs, Brooks Kubena reports.
• A good start: The Texans are already better, Jerome Solomon writes.
• Risky business: An exciting night but some questions, Brian T. Smith says.
• Staying home: Kenyon Green, the former Atascocita and A&M star, lands with Texans.
Podcast: Brooks Kubena and Greg Rajan discuss the Texans’ first-round picks.
• Round 1 updates: Thursday’s insights and analysis.

What to know

What: 87th annual NFL Player Selection Meeting
When: Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m.)
Where: Las Vegas
On the air: ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network will air all three days.
Streaming: At NFL.com and ESPN.com
Remaining Texans picks: Round 2 (37th), Round 3 (68th and 80th), Round 4 (107th, 108th and 124th), Round 5 (162nd, 166th, 170th) and Round 6 (205th and 207th).

Previewing the Texans

• How Nick Caserio and teams build their draft boards
• A data study of Nick Caserio’s hits and misses
• Brian T. Smith: Nick Caserio can turn franchise around with this draft.
• Why cornerback matters for Lovie Smith
• For Nick Caserio, trading has its ups and downs
• How Ikem Ekwonu can fit and guard and tackle

Draft position series

John McClain takes a look at each position, the top players and Texans needs:

• The offensive line
• The quarterbacks
• The wide receivers and tight ends
• The running backs
• The defensive line
• The linebackers
• The cornerbacks
• The safeties

College and local outlook

• UH has a good thing going in the defensive line
• Another first-rounder at A&M?
• Not many Longhorns will be called
• Prospects from Houston area

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