Sean Pendergast

Houston Texans to Hold NFL Draft Party at Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Houston Texans have a first round pick, two actually, for the first time in three years, and it's going to be a party!
The Houston Texans have a first round pick, two actually, for the first time in three years, and it's going to be a party! Photo by Sean Pendergast
For the first time since 2019, the Houston Texans have a first round pick in the NFL Draft. It was in 2019 that they selected tackle Tytus Howard with the 23rd overall pick, and since then, through a series of events culminating in the trade of their 2020 and 2021 first round picks for tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Texans have been persona non grata in the first round of the draft. Now, they have not one, but TWO first round picks for each of the next three off-seasons. (Thanks Deshaun!)

Exactly, how long has it been since the Houston Texans actually had a first round pick in the NFL Draft? The last time the Texans picked in the first round, we were still a year out from the pandemic, and Brian Gaine was the general manager. In fact, including interim coaches and GM's, the Texans are on their fourth head coach and fourth general manager since that Howard pick.

So as the rebuild ensues, there is reason to party, and party we shall on draft night 2022! The Texans announced Tuesday morning that their 2022 draft party on April 28 will be held, for the first time ever, at Miller Outdoor Theatre in the Museum District of Houston, and presented by Miller Lite.

“We’re so excited to bring the Draft Party back in a new way this year,” Houston Texans President Greg Grissom said. “Miller Outdoor Theatre is an iconic venue that will serve as the destination for Texans fans of all ages on the first night of the Draft as we welcome new Texans to Houston together.”

Here are the things that you need to know about draft night, and in particular, this groundbreaking shindig:

Give me the date, time, and cost of entry, please!
The party on April 28 is for the first night of the three-day NFL Draft, and the draft itself begins at 7 p.m. Miller Outdoor Theatre will open at 3 p.m., as fans will be able to enjoy activities in the Fan Zone. Admission is free, and all fans will have access to the lawn area. There will be limited seating available for Texans season ticket members and corporate partners on a first-come, first-served basis. For an upgraded Draft Party experience, fans can purchase a Red Zone seat with proceeds benefiting the Houston Texans Foundation. Parking is free in and around Hermann Park.

When, exactly, do the Texans pick in this draft's first round?
Currently, the Texans hold the 3rd and 13th overall picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 3rd overall pick is the one they received from finishing 4-13 this past season, and the 13th overall pick was one of the six draft selections the Texans received in the trade with the Cleveland Browns for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Teams are allotted up to ten minutes to decide on their selections, so expect the Texans to make their first pick around 7:30 p.m., and their second selection sometime between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The Texans currently hold 11 picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, with five picks in the top 80 overall.

What are the activities and agenda items?
The press release from the Texans lists the following as activities and features of the 2022 NFL Draft party:
* Live Zoom calls from Head Coach Lovie Smith and Texans draft picks.
* Special appearances by current Texans players.
* Numerous food and beverage options.
* A live DJ, giveaways, photo opportunities and Draft merchandise.
* A Fan Zone complete with activities for the whole family.
* NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft will be shown on the main stage.
* Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live with commentary and analysis
Fun, fun, all of it, but nothing will be more fun than hearing names of brand new, presumably really good football players announced by Roger Goodell as selections of the Houston Texans.

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts the morning drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the pre-game and post game shows for the Houston Texans.
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