The Texans being one of the winners of the NFL draft could be bad news for the Colts

Apr 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; From left to right, Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud (left),
Apr 28, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; From left to right, Houston Texans quarterback CJ Stroud (left), / Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans put together one of the best classes in the 2023 NFL Draft, and that could be trouble for their division rival Indianapolis Colts.

The Houston Texans got the 2023 NFL Draft rolling in a big way. With the No. 2 pick, the Texans drafted Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud. Instead of just celebrating that pick, Houston traded a package of picks to move up to No. 3, and then drafted edge rusher Will Anderson Jr. Before the Indianapolis Colts had even got on the clock, the Texans had won the first round, and already established themselves as one of the winners of the draft.

Houston then came back on the second and third day and added players like wide receiver Tank Dell, offensive lineman Juice Scruggs, and linebacker Henry To’oTo’o, putting together a pretty impressive draft class. When you consider all of the young talent that the Texans added last year like Derek Stingley Jr., Jalen Pitre, Dameon Pierce, John Metchie, and Christian Harris, it’s easy to see that Houston could soon be a player in the AFC South, and the NFL as a whole.

If that happens, it could be bad news for the Indianapolis Colts.

Texans could quickly become a threat for Colts

The league just witnessed how quick the Jacksonville Jaguars turned things around after stacking up young talent; Houston could be next. The Texans addressed all of the necessary positions and they have a promising head coach in charge. If these young players pan out, Houston will be a threat in the AFC South.

That means the Colts really need to make sure they won’t be left behind. With the Texans and the Jaguars both having promising futures, they can very easily flip the AFC South from how it’s looked in recent years, putting the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis on the bottom.

Fortunately, the Colts also had a good draft and still has elite players on the roster. As long as Indianapolis can get its stars healthy, and the young guys like Anthony Richardson pan out, the Colts should be a player in the AFC South. But, it will likely be a competitive division, as every team, except the Titans, seems to be improving.

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