Texans owner denies he and his wife forced organization to draft CJ Stroud

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Cal McNair insisted that neither he nor his wife Hannah had anything to do with the selection by the Houston Texans.

The Texans owner, speaking Monday at the Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic, shut down speculation that he and his wife, Hannah, had forced the team's front office to pick Stroud at No. 2.

“Hannah and I don't like it. We'll make it clear right there,” McNair said. , “We have a great group of Scouts led by Nick [Caserio] And James Lippert, and he did a lot of work on the board, and then he followed him on the of the draft, and when he saw the value he went up and went back.”

The Texans took Ohio State CJ Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft last month (David Ullitt/Getty Images)

Last month in Kansas City. They then picked No. 12 and No. 33 overall, with a future first round pick, to the Arizona Cardinals for the No. 3 overall pick—which they used on Alabama defensive end Will Anderson Jr.

It's not that the Texans don't need Stroud. They had the worst QBR in the league last season using Davis Mills and Kyle Allen. They also went just 3-13-1 on the year. Stroud — who was — threw for 3,688 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Buckeyes last season, and he's undoubtedly a solid choice to build an offense for the Texans.

And despite his struggles, both last season and over the past several years, McNair is satisfied with how things are progressing within the .

“I think you just have to look at the roster, and I think it's a better roster this year, very competitive,” McNair said. , “They want competition spots on the roster. So, I see a lot of progress. A lot of good stuff.”