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Texans owner denies that he and his wife forced organization to draft C.J. Stroud

Houston took Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with No. 2 overall pick in NFL Draft last month

Cal McNair insists that neither he nor his wife, Hannah, had anything to do with the Houston Texans selecting Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud in the NFL Draft last month.

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

"Hannah and I don't make the picks. We'll make it clear there," McNair said, via ESPN. "We have a great group of scouts led by [general manager] Nick [Caserio] and [director of college scouting] James Liipfert, and they did a lot of work on the draft board, and then they followed that on draft day, and they moved up when they saw the value was there and moved back."

C.J. Stroud poses NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected second overall by the Houston Texans
The Texans took Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft last month. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

The Texans took Stroud with their first pick in the draft last month in Kansas City. They then dealt the Nos. 12 and 33 overall picks, along 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 like the Texans don’t need Stroud. They had the worst QBR in the league last season while using Davis Mills and Kyle Allen. They went 3-13-1 on the season. Stroud — who was the second quarterback off the board behind Alabama’s Bryce Young — threw for 3,688 yards and 41 touchdowns for the Buckeyes last season, and he is a solid option for the Texans to build an offense around.

And despite the Texans' struggles, both last season and in the past several years, McNair is content with how things are moving within the organization.

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