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A Round 2 Steal? What Texans Can Expect From Alabama WR John Metchie III

A consistent machine at Alabama, John Metchie IIII hope to do the same thing for the Houston Texans

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio said during the pre-draft process that injuries wouldn't derail his thought process on adding in a certain player. Most connected the dots to Alabama receiver Jameson Williams, a speed threat that had been mocked to the Texans at No. 13 for quite some time. 

Right school, wrong receiver. 

The Texans elected to trade back into the second round to select Alabama's John Metchie III with the No. 44 selection. Metchie's final season at Alabama cemented him in the conversation of potentially being a first-round selection, but a torn ACL hampered his draft stock. 


"There's a standard in Alabama, especially for Alabama football receivers," Metchie said. "It's just an honor to be able to be one of those guys." 

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Metchie told reporters that he should be ready to begin drills starting in July. Caserio isn't banking on that. Then again, he isn't opposed to letting his future No. 2 receiver work drills before the start of training camp if he's healthy. 

There isn't a timetable on Metchie. When he's ready, he ready. That also was a factor that went into Caserio's process in terms of trading up. 


Houston has used five picks in the first 75 picks — two offense, three defense, all expected future starters. The Texans have selected in the top 75 twice in the last two drafts. 

The job is not done with Metchie and Green on offense. It is expected that Caserio will add a tight end, running back, and potentially receiver or offensive lineman. He'll have five more picks to do so, starting with No. 107 in the fourth round.