The Houston Texans became an expansion team in 2002 after the Houston Oilers decided to move to Tennessee and become the Tennessee Titans.
In 2002 they were awarded the first overall draft selection and this list ranks that pick along with all the other first round picks they've had in order of worst selection to best.
2002 David Carr QB
Carr was selected first overall and ended up being the biggest first round bust for the Texans. He played five years for the Texans and then bounced around to different teams, mostly as a backup QB.
He holds an NFL record of being sacked 76 times in a single season. He will go down as one of the biggest draft busts in history but he also does have a Super Bowl ring from being apart of the 2011 New York Giants championship.
2005 Travis Johnson DT
Johnson was ranked the number one defensive tackle by Sports Illustrated for the 2005 draft class. He was consistenly injured and ended up with only three sacks in his six year career.
2007 Amobi Okoye DT
Okoye was the youngest player ever selected in the modern day draft era at the age of 19 years old. Throughout his career he never lived up to his expectations and was eventually released by the Texans in 2011.
2004 Jason Babin DE
This two-time Pro Bowler spent three years in Houston totaling just 13 sacks before being traded. He has played on six different teams during his continuing career and has 62.5 sacks (and counting) under his belt.
2013 DeAndre Hopkins WR
Hopkins was drafted 27th overall out of Clemson. In his rookie season he totaled 802 receiving yards and 2 TDs. He is still young but looks like his future is a promising one.
2012 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB
Mercilus played mostly the DE position in college but was moved to the outside linebacker position on the Texans. Through his first two seasons he has totaled 72 tackles, 13 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. He still presently plays an important part on the Texans' defense.
2010 Kareem Jackson CB
After being drafted 20th overall Jackson was placed right into the starting lineup for the Texans. He has been benched, won his starting job back and continues to help the Texans secondary to this day.
2009 Brian Cushing LB
This Pro Bowler is a key member of the Texans defense. In 2009 he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. Early on in both his past two seasons he has suffered season-ending injuries. He hopes to bounce back to his dominate self in 2014.
2004 Dunta Robinson CB
Robinson instantly became a starter after being drafted and was a dominate cornerback during his stay with the Texans. In his rookie season he intercepted the ball an astonishing six times.
In 2009 he received the franchise tag by the Texans, the first time it was used in franchise history, and was very unhappy about it. Expressing his frustrations he wore shoes saying "Pay Me Rick" aimed at GM Rick Smith. He became a free agent in 2010 and decided to not resign with the Texans.
2006 Mario Williams DE
Williams was another player drafted first overall but he has developed into one of the best pass rushers in the game today. He has been to multiple pro bowls and holds Texans team records of 53 sacks and also 11 forced fumbles. In 2012 he became a free agent and decided to sign a record setting deal for a defensive player with the Buffalo Bills.
2008 Duane Brown OT
Brown is a two time pro bowler and has basically been a lock at left tackle position since he was drafted by the Texans. In both 2010 and 2011 he committed zero holding penalties and gave up zero sacks in 2011 as well.
2011 J.J. Watt DE
Also know as J.J. Swatt because of all the balls he is able to swat out of the air. He led the NFL in sacks with 20.5 in 2012 and that same year was also was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Through three seasons he has 217 tackles, 36.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles.
2003 Andre Johnson WR
Johnson was drafted third overall and has become the heart of the Houston Texans. In his 11 year career, all with the Texans, he has been to the pro bowl an amazing seven times. He has twice led the NFL in receiving yards and also holds many Houston Texans and NFL records. As he ages he shows no signs of slowing down and is truely the best first round draft pick the Texans have ever selected.