The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions Both Have Their Eyes Set on a Franchise-Altering Move That Would Drag Their Team out of the Dumps

The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions are two of the worst teams in the NFL this season. They’ve combined for just one win through six weeks of football, with the Lions still searching for their first victory of the regular season.

According to Tankathon, the Lions currently own the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, while the Texans own the No. 4 overall pick. There’s still plenty of football left to be played this year, meaning these positions will most likely fluctuate between now and the offseason. However, common sense suggests both the Texans and the Lions will be tanking the rest of the way.

Both of these teams would prefer possessing the top choice in the upcoming draft over wins.

The Houston Texans are in the process of tearing it down

Starting first with the Texans, they aren’t even hiding they are in a full-scale rebuilding process. Their roster comprises of random veterans on one-year deals (Tyrod Taylor and Danny Amendola, for example), and they’re still reeling from trades made by the previous regime.

Losing DeAndre Hopkins in 2020 hurt the Texans’ offense by a substantial amount, while shipping away multiple first-round picks for Laremy Tunsil set them back in terms of draft capital.

Add in the fact Deshaun Watson and his $39 million salary aren’t on the field due to off-the-field legal issues, and it’s safe to say the Texans are in pretty bad shape. Coming out of 2022 with the No. 1 overall pick would be a small step back in the right direction for an organization trying to build itself from the ground up.

The Detroit Lions are just now starting their rebuild

Unlike the Texans, the Lions already dealt their former franchise quarterback (Matthew Stafford) away for draft capital. However, 2021 is honestly the first time Detriot has publicly called for a rebuilding period in quite some time.

The Lions overhauled their front office and coaching staff this past offseason and spent their first-round pick on left tackle Penei Sewell. Building from the offensive line up is typically advised in the NFL.

With that said, the Lions are still in bad shape themselves. They’re the only winless team left in the NFL, and their new-look coaching staff is raising more questions than answers. Landing the top draft choice in 2022 is the best outcome for Detroit as well.

The Texans and Lions have their eyes glued on Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux

The Houston Texans and Detroit Lions are expressing interest in Oregon's Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Kayvon Thibodeaux | Steve Dykes/Getty Images

While both organizations could use a new franchise quarterback, early signs point toward them prioritizing Oregon pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux.

The consensus top defender in college football at the moment, Thibodeaux has the makings of an elite edge rusher in the NFL. The San Francisco 49ers took Nick Bosa second overall in 2019, and they made the Super Bowl that same season. Targeting a blue-chip pass-rusher at the top of the draft is definitely wise.

Lions GM Brad Holmes and Texans GM Nick Caserio attended Thibodeaux’s recent game against UCLA. Both presumably walked away impressed, seeing how Thibodeaux finished the game with two sacks and 4.5 TFLs (tackles for loss).

Barring any drastic changes between now and the spring, it appears to be a race for Thibodeaux amongst the NFL’s worst.

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