Houston Texans Projected to Select Versatile Linebacker In CBS Sports's 2025 NFL Mock Draft

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Smael Mondon Jr. (2) celebrates his tackle of Florida Gators running
Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Smael Mondon Jr. (2) celebrates his tackle of Florida Gators running / Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun / USA TODAY
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The Houston Texans mostly went with depth in this past April's NFL draft and a large reason behind that is because of what they were able to do in free agency and the trade market. The Texans are going all-in on their immediate future, but they have also made sure to emphasize the longevity of the roster as well.

The Texans didn't have a first-round draft pick in 2024, but they should in 2025 unless they end up trading it away. Per CBS Sports's 2025 mock draft, the Texans will likely have a similar season to the one they had this past year as they have Houston taking versatile, sideline-to-sideline linebacker out of the University of Georgia, Smael Mondon Jr., with the 26th overall pick.

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Mondon Jr. was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school before signing with the Bulldogs. At 6'3" 225 Mondon Jr. moves extremely well and is super athletic as you see him be able to get sideline-to-sideline quickly. He has a natural feel for the game with good length and frame. His stats won't blow you away, but he has the chance to improve on that heading into his Senior year.

The Texans have a couple guys they like at the linebacker position, but bringing in a player like Mondon Jr. it will be worth moving guys around to see who would be the best fit.

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Caleb is from Nashville, TN, and graduated from Florida State University in 2018 with majors in Sociology and History. He has previously written for an FSU outlet and started covering the Buccaneers in March of 2022 while co-hosting the Hear the Cannons podcast. He expanded his role with GamedayMedia by covering the Houston Texans and Washington Commanders in April of 2024. You can follow Caleb on Twitter @chsnole