Texans hosting draft party at Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Texans hold the third and 13th overall picks in the first round of the NFL draft and five selections out of the top 80 picks overall.

And the AFC South franchise is celebrating the event by hosting a large, free draft party at Miller Outdoor Theatre on April 28.

The party starts at 3 p.m. in advance of the 7 p.m. start of the first round of the NFL draft, which is being held in Las Vegas.

The Texans, with general manager Nick Caserio as the architect of the roster, along with newly-promoted coach Lovie Smith, have an opportunity to upgrade the talent on the roster with two picks in the top half of the first round.

The Texans had previously held draft parties at NRG Stadium.

"We wanted to take advantage of all of the excitement and establish some new traditions," Texans team president Greg Grissom said. "With all of the work that Nick and Lovie are doing building the team, we wanted to give our fans a chance to share in the excitement. We wanted to make sure all of Houston is invited with special access for season ticket members. Working with our partners at Houston First at Miller Outdoor Theatre, we wanted to have a welcoming event for all Texans fans and families of all ages.

The party will include live Zoom calls from coach Lovie Smith and Texans draft picks, appearances from current players, several food and beverage options, a DJ, giveaways, photo opportunities, draft merchandise, a Fan Zone with activities and draft coverage from NFL Network on the main stage.

Admission is free. Seating can be purchased with proceeds benefiting the Texans' charitable foundation. There is free parking at and around Hermann Park.

Because the Texans are continuing to add new players to the roster, they wanted to emphasize an atmosphere that amplifies what they're doing with fans.

"The draft is always a time for looking forward, and we're excited about the opportunities to build the team and for fans to get to know and welcome these new Texans to Houston," Grissom said, "and for our players and Texans fans to grow and win together."

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