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eriadoc
04-30-2007, 10:26 AM
Houston Texans: GRADE: C- The Texans took defensive tackle Travis Johnson in 2005, and he hasn't played up to his potential. They took DT Amobi Okoye when they should have been looking at a cornerback such as Leon Hall or Darrelle Revis. Also, they didn't do much to help new QB Matt Schaub on offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones played at Lane College, and tackle Brandon Frye and guard Kasey Studdard look more like backups than starters. This turned out to be a typical Houston draft. The Texans didn't help David Carr when he was their QB, and they didn't do much to help Schaub. Cornerback Fred Bennett was a good pick in the fourth round, and I really like linebacker Zach Diles. He had two productive years at Kansas State and might have flown under some teams' radar. Getting Diles in the seventh round was a good move.

Indianapolis Colts: GRADE: B- The Texans should take a page from the Colts. They win the Super Bowl and what do they do in the first round? Give Peyton Manning another weapon on offense by taking WR Anthony Gonzalez. This was a great pick, replacing Brandon Stokley in the Colts' arsenal. Tony Ugoh could be the heir apparent to Tarik Glenn at left tackle, and I really like wide receiver Roy Hall, Gonzalez's teammate at Ohio State. On defense, Daymeion Hughes doesn't have great speed, but in the Colts' scheme, he could excel. Defensive end Quinn Pitcock is a tough, hard-nosed player who gets the job done; safety Brannon Condren was a bit of a reach in the fourth round, and fifth-round pick Michael Coe has the chance to be a good developmental cornerback.

This is an ESPN Insider article that someone posted on a FF forum I vist from time to time (http://www.fftodayforums.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=271519).

I tend to take Kiper's thoughts with a pitcher of salt, but in general, I have to agree that I am a lot less excited about this draft than I was about last year's. Time will tell, I suppose. It's just annoying to watch the good teams address their O-lines with first day picks and our front office thinks we can get by with has-beens, never-weres, and late-round picks. If they hit gold on a couple of the later day picks, I suppose it'll be good, but how many rocks are they going to dig through in looking for a diamond? Just go get a diamond, jeez.

Mr. White
04-30-2007, 10:31 AM
I tend to take Kiper's thoughts with a pitcher of salt, but in general, I have to agree that I am a lot less excited about this draft than I was about last year's.

I totally agree here. The overall '07 draft class is nothing compared to last year's.

While I thought the Texans were solid, there just wasn't too much to get excited about at all in this draft.

Texans_Chick
04-30-2007, 11:04 AM
Houston Texans: GRADE: C- The Texans took defensive tackle Travis Johnson in 2005, and he hasn't played up to his potential. They took DT Amobi Okoye when they should have been looking at a cornerback such as Leon Hall or Darrelle Revis. Also, they didn't do much to help new QB Matt Schaub on offense. Wide receiver Jacoby Jones played at Lane College, and tackle Brandon Frye and guard Kasey Studdard look more like backups than starters. This turned out to be a typical Houston draft. The Texans didn't help David Carr when he was their QB, and they didn't do much to help Schaub. Cornerback Fred Bennett was a good pick in the fourth round, and I really like linebacker Zach Diles. He had two productive years at Kansas State and might have flown under some teams' radar. Getting Diles in the seventh round was a good move.

I can see the argument for slagging the Texans draft, but this isn't the best argument you can make. [Those disappointed in the draft would be disappointed in all the "potential" types of picks on a team that needs potential to be realized immediately.]

Is he saying the Texans should have taken for need instead of BPA? Hello, DT was a need. The Texans played with street free agents for most of last season at the DT position. How can you say Travis Johnson was a disappointment but then in the next breath say draft cornerback.

This wasn't the draft where the Texans were likely to get an amazing Olinemen stud. They got pretty decent value last year.

The long and short of it is that the real reason he hates the Texans draft is that we blew up his analysis by not taking CB first and by taking a wide receiver that wasn't rated as high on his charts as other guys he liked better.

Okoye was ranked higher on the Texans board and Mel's board than Hall or Revis. He fits a need.

I think Mel needs a nap.


Ultimately, I believe Kubiak believes he has the stones and ability to fix the offense with his sort of players even if they aren't draft stars. [Rod Smith comes to mind]. But that he needs to get studs for the defense to work with.

Cjeremy635
04-30-2007, 11:11 AM
I can see the argument for slagging the Texans draft, but this isn't the best argument you can make. [Those disappointed in the draft would be disappointed in all the "potential" types of picks on a team that needs potential to be realized immediately.]

Is he saying the Texans should have taken for need instead of BPA? Hello, DT was a need. The Texans played with street free agents for most of last season at the DT position. How can you say Travis Johnson was a disappointment but then in the next breath say draft cornerback.

This wasn't the draft where the Texans were likely to get an amazing Olinemen stud. They got pretty decent value last year.

The long and short of it is that the real reason he hates the Texans draft is that we blew up his analysis by not taking CB first and by taking a wide receiver that wasn't rated as high on his charts as other guys he liked better.

Okoye was ranked higher on the Texans board and Mel's board than Hall or Revis. He fits a need.

I think Mel needs a nap.


Ultimately, I believe Kubiak believes he has the stones and ability to fix the offense with his sort of players even if they aren't draft stars. [Rod Smith comes to mind]. But that he needs to get studs for the defense to work with.

I agree with your analysis as usual TC. I read in an earlier post where someone was talking about the need for CB, but they also pointed out that having a dominant D line will not make our CBs look so vulnerable by giving the opposing QB an eternity to throw the ball. This should allow us to get a good push and free up Mario or whoever to rush the passer. I am happy with what I read on this kid and all in all, I give the draft a B, considering the talent this year wasn't as good as last.

Double Barrel
04-30-2007, 11:14 AM
To buy into the mentality that "it's all the offensive line's fault" means that you have to suspend reality and believe that David Carr had nothing to do with the situation.

The national media is nothing if not a pack of bleating sheep, repeating the same tired analysis over and over ad nauseum. We have seen our previous QB start over 70 games, and the fact of the matter is that when the line sucked, he sucked, and when the line played better, he still sucked.

Maybe our front office knows something that the 'experts' don't?

The fact of the matter is that a better QB will make the offense better, including the line. Of course I hope they address the line, but I'm not going to fret that we didn't use a first day pick on it. Our defense was in dire straits last year, and beefing up our D-line is a big step towards building a squad that can consistently dominate.

eriadoc
04-30-2007, 11:30 AM
To buy into the mentality that "it's all the offensive line's fault" means that you have to suspend reality and believe that David Carr had nothing to do with the situation.

The national media is nothing if not a pack of bleating sheep, repeating the same tired analysis over and over ad nauseum. We have seen our previous QB start over 70 games, and the fact of the matter is that when the line sucked, he sucked, and when the line played better, he still sucked.

Maybe our front office knows something that the 'experts' don't?

The fact of the matter is that a better QB will make the offense better, including the line. Of course I hope they address the line, but I'm not going to fret that we didn't use a first day pick on it. Our defense was in dire straits last year, and beefing up our D-line is a big step towards building a squad that can consistently dominate.

I think most reasonable people agree that DC had his very evident flaws. But I also think it's been painfully obvious over the past few years that the tackle play on this O-line has been atrocious. DC contributed to his share of sacks, to be sure. But there were FAR too many instances of him getting hit right as he set his feet from the drop or even before. And the team wasn't even taking seven-step drops! Salaam and Jordan Black don't make me feel any more comfortable about the situation at all. Contrarily, at least I had some faith that DC could take the hit and get back up. We don't know that about Schaub yet. We hope he has the durabilty DC had, but we don't know.

I agree with everything TC said above, and I don't like Kiper's analysis. But I do grade the draft a C- or thereabouts, because of what we didn't do AGAIN, and that is get a blue-chip prospect at LT. Sure, maybe this OT we got in the 5th round will get coached up and be a decent starter in a few years. Maybe Spencer makes it back from injury and can be a healthy starter for 2008. But maybe Kubiak and Schaub have started down the road to their demise by then, too.

Dallas_Texan
04-30-2007, 11:31 AM
I can see the argument for slagging the Texans draft, but this isn't the best argument you can make. [Those disappointed in the draft would be disappointed in all the "potential" types of picks on a team that needs potential to be realized immediately.]

Is he saying the Texans should have taken for need instead of BPA? Hello, DT was a need. The Texans played with street free agents for most of last season at the DT position. How can you say Travis Johnson was a disappointment but then in the next breath say draft cornerback.

This wasn't the draft where the Texans were likely to get an amazing Olinemen stud. They got pretty decent value last year.

The long and short of it is that the real reason he hates the Texans draft is that we blew up his analysis by not taking CB first and by taking a wide receiver that wasn't rated as high on his charts as other guys he liked better.

Okoye was ranked higher on the Texans board and Mel's board than Hall or Revis. He fits a need.

I think Mel needs a nap.


Ultimately, I believe Kubiak believes he has the stones and ability to fix the offense with his sort of players even if they aren't draft stars. [Rod Smith comes to mind]. But that he needs to get studs for the defense to work with.

I don't think I've ever disagreed with you before, but I have to here. Granted, I think Okoye, and Bennett are great picks. However, I definitely have my doubts about Jacoby Jones, and I think there's no excuse for taking a project (at best) SS when there were highly rated FS's available that could have been steals. I think Wendling is going to be a surprisingly great FS for whoever it was that got him. I just don't get that.

And then to use two picks on the O-line in late rounds seems pretty dumb, when you've still got a glaring need at FS. (I think Wendling was available during one of these as well).

Factoring in Schaub I think we had a good draft, but other than Okoye, I don't think any of our moves were "exciting" like last years. Williams was exciting, Demeco was exciting, Spencer and Winston dropping to 3 (as well as addressing OL twice on Day 1!!) was exciting. This year, Okoye is exciting, and that's it. Bennet could be real good. Everyone else was a stretch. I will sit back and have faith though, b/c Owen Daniels wasn't exciting last year, and look what happened!

Good luck Texans!!

Shaft75
04-30-2007, 12:19 PM
While I was watching the draft I realized that not all of them could be like the draft we had last year, which is a good thing. We didn't have the ammo to trade up to take any of the dynamic players. Thank god we didn't use a first rounder next year, like some other teams did, to fill a need. I am excited about the guys we drafted though. We drafted every position that we needed. I don't know much about Harrison at S, but I didn't know much about Daniels last year either.

To all who are upset about us not taking OL earlier in the draft I will refer you to nfl.com. Go to past drafts and see what Denver's drafts looked like for the past years. I only saw one OL taken in the first round, and he is no longer with the team. Our offense doesn't need a top notch tackle IMO.

I also think that trading down is always good if you need to fill some holes, BUT it is also being in the right place at the right time. Dallas and New England happened to be in the right places to where their pick had some value to other teams. Nobody necessarily needed our 10 spot so I don't think that trading down was a good thing to do since Amobi was sitting in our laps. After we made that selection we had no choice but to watch players go off the board until our selection. Overall, I think we got the most that we could have with our picks.

Shaft75
04-30-2007, 12:26 PM
oh, and...

Kiper is a jackass!

Mr. White
04-30-2007, 12:31 PM
oh, and...

Kiper is a jackass!

A big part of Kiper's job description is calling out NFL GM's. Half the time, he turns out to be wrong.

He flings a lot of ******* against the wall. It's bound to stick sometime.

nunusguy
04-30-2007, 12:42 PM
There is some merit to Kipers argument.
So much of it has to do with how the Texans graded out the players ?
If they had a chance to trade their pick to Denver (or another team) and draft Joe Staley "AND" have another first day pick (or more ?), for another player(s) who might start by year end, that's a competing scenario that others might think superior ?
I think Jamaal Anderson would have been a better pick for us than Okoye, and so did Okoye's college coach which leaves me to wonder why ? But Kiper would probably complain about that pick and he would have wanted us to take Levi Brown (if he'd fallen to #10) instead of Okoye, which I wouldn't because its too much of a reach based on need. I thought the Cardinals pick was more of a reach than the 'Phins taking Ginn.

eriadoc
04-30-2007, 12:48 PM
To all who are upset about us not taking OL earlier in the draft I will refer you to nfl.com. Go to past drafts and see what Denver's drafts looked like for the past years. I only saw one OL taken in the first round, and he is no longer with the team. Our offense doesn't need a top notch tackle IMO.

And then take a look at the other 31 teams' drafts at the tackle position, and even focus on the Texans. Just because the Broncos can do things a certain way does not mean we can. We don't really run the Bronco offense anyway. We run some bastardized form of Green Bay and Denver offenses, mixed with who-knows-what, and the result hasn't been pretty. I understand what you're saying, and where you're coming from, but I reiterate - Just because Denver does it doesn't mean we can. To this point, we haven't.

Specnatz
04-30-2007, 12:54 PM
There is some merit to Kipers argument.
So much of it has to do with how the Texans graded out the players ?
If they had a chance to trade their pick to Denver (or another team) and draft Joe Staley "AND" have another first day pick (or more ?), for another player(s) who might start by year end, that's a competing scenario that others might think superior ?
I think Jamaal Anderson would have been a better pick for us than Okoye, and so did Okoye's college coach which leaves me to wonder why ? But Kiper would probably complain about that pick and he would have wanted us to take Levi Brown (if he'd fallen to #10) instead of Okoye, which I wouldn't because its too much of a reach based on need. I thought the Cardinals pick was more of a reach than the 'Phins taking Ginn.

Do you think Denver would give up a first next year and a second this year to move up plus a player or something? If you look at the trades that happened, that was the going rate. Jocby Jones was brought in by the Texans and had at least an interview, not to mention I am sure the Texans watched more tape on him than Mel did, he does not like that pick but he loves the Hill pick by SF only because of speed not production. The Texans have AJ who has speed, the Texans need a #2 WR who is not affraid to go over the middle and will make the tough catch. Besides itis not like he has crappy speed at 4.5, for what it is worth I agree Mel is very self serving, saying how bad Houston's O-line is but does not say that about St Louis or Seattle and how many sacks they gave up.

hollywood_texan
04-30-2007, 01:14 PM
To buy into the mentality that "it's all the offensive line's fault" means that you have to suspend reality and believe that David Carr had nothing to do with the situation.

The national media is nothing if not a pack of bleating sheep, repeating the same tired analysis over and over ad nauseum. We have seen our previous QB start over 70 games, and the fact of the matter is that when the line sucked, he sucked, and when the line played better, he still sucked.

Maybe our front office knows something that the 'experts' don't?

The fact of the matter is that a better QB will make the offense better, including the line. Of course I hope they address the line, but I'm not going to fret that we didn't use a first day pick on it. Our defense was in dire straits last year, and beefing up our D-line is a big step towards building a squad that can consistently dominate.

I watched part of the draft coverage on day 1. It was interesting when Quinn was sliding, there was talk the Panthers could select Quinn.

Faulk basically said David Carr is not a long-term solution to follow up Delhomme.

I thought it was interesting to hear him say that. Most people like you referred to above, give Carr basically a free pass on the 5 years he was in Houston.

Since Faulk just came out and said, I am sure there a lot more of those guys thinking it and not saying it.

Texans_Chick
04-30-2007, 01:22 PM
I don't think I've ever disagreed with you before, but I have to here. Granted, I think Okoye, and Bennett are great picks. However, I definitely have my doubts about Jacoby Jones, and I think there's no excuse for taking a project (at best) SS when there were highly rated FS's available that could have been steals. I think Wendling is going to be a surprisingly great FS for whoever it was that got him. I just don't get that.

And then to use two picks on the O-line in late rounds seems pretty dumb, when you've still got a glaring need at FS. (I think Wendling was available during one of these as well).

Factoring in Schaub I think we had a good draft, but other than Okoye, I don't think any of our moves were "exciting" like last years. Williams was exciting, Demeco was exciting, Spencer and Winston dropping to 3 (as well as addressing OL twice on Day 1!!) was exciting. This year, Okoye is exciting, and that's it. Bennet could be real good. Everyone else was a stretch. I will sit back and have faith though, b/c Owen Daniels wasn't exciting last year, and look what happened!

Good luck Texans!!


As I said, I think there are ways to complain about this draft, but I don't think Kiper's explanation of his grade was particularly good, especially regarding Okoye.

As for draft grades, there were a lot of people on MB last year that hated the Owen Daniels pick because there were "higher rated" TEs still available, and people were not impressed with Daniels' body of work.

I did a draft grade on the FanHouse because I was asked to, but it is sort of against my general view of this stuff which is most people talking about the draft are full of it. That most people have just read draft reports that are mostly plagerized from each other, and that even if they have watched all the games a player has played, most people don't have the ability to judge talent.

And even those people who do have the means and the ability to judge players (NFL scouts) often get stuff wrong.

It is an art, not a science. The Texans have said that they are not going to depend on injured players being healthy going into the following season. That must include Mathis, so Jacoby Jones' return skills were certainly an added factor when evaluating his abilities relative to other wide receivers.

The1ApplePie
04-30-2007, 01:29 PM
I agree pretty much with The Hair

In the NFL, a dominate CB is far more important to a defense than a DT (ie, Denver trading away whatever they can for Bailey and Bly). Faggins is the worst starter on the team, and Fletcher is a bust that could actually be worse.

Pressure on the QB alone won't get it done. We got plenty of pressure on Losman, and he torched Faggins like he was standing still.

We actually have less talent on the offense this year, than last year!

To me, Okoye seems almost like a PR move. He has to make Mario look better. How long do you think Kubes will keep his job if Bush and VY keep racking up yards and touchdowns and Mario posts another 4.5 sack season? A sub 8-8 season and less ticket sales and TV markets than last year, and McNair will be looking for a new HC in 2008.

Lucky
04-30-2007, 01:38 PM
Houston Texans: GRADE: C- The Texans took defensive tackle Travis Johnson in 2005, and he hasn't played up to his potential. They took DT Amobi Okoye when they should have been looking at a cornerback such as Leon Hall or Darrelle Revis. Also, they didn't do much to help new QB Matt Schaub on offense.
Indianapolis Colts: GRADE: B- The Texans should take a page from the Colts. They win the Super Bowl and what do they do in the first round? Give Peyton Manning another weapon on offense by taking WR Anthony Gonzalez.

Don't take the guy he projects you to take, and Mel will call you an i-d-i-o-t. That's just how he is, that's just how he's always been. Does it matter that Okoye ranked higher on his 'big board' than both Revis or Hall? Not if you're one of his whipping boys. And what offensive help was their at #10? Both tackles were gone. The next WR didn't come off the board until #23. Had the Texans took a offensive player at #10, Mel would have screamed "REACH!"

The Colts took a slot receiver in the 1st round and and spent their #1 next year on a tackle who will be a backup next season. Had the Texans traded back up in the 2nd round and given an '08 1st for Tony Ugoh, Kiper's hair would have exploded. The only way the Texans should be more like the Colts is by winning more games.

Texans_Chick
04-30-2007, 01:45 PM
Don't take the guy he projects you to take, and Mel will call you an i-d-i-o-t. That's just how he is, that's just how he's always been. Does it matter that Okoye ranked higher on his 'big board' than both Revis or Hall? Not if you're one of his whipping boys. And what offensive help was their at #10? Both tackles were gone. The next WR didn't come off the board until #23. Had the Texans took a offensive player at #10, Mel would have screamed "REACH!"

The Colts took a slot receiver in the 1st round and and spent their #1 next year on a tackle who will be a backup next season. Had the Texans traded back up in the 2nd round and given an '08 1st for Tony Ugoh, Kiper's hair would have exploded. The only way the Texans should be more like the Colts is by winning more games.


Amen. Well said.

People can complain about not getting more linemen help from the draft but this is not the year it was going to happen.

HoustonFrog
04-30-2007, 02:01 PM
To buy into the mentality that "it's all the offensive line's fault" means that you have to suspend reality and believe that David Carr had nothing to do with the situation.

The national media is nothing if not a pack of bleating sheep, repeating the same tired analysis over and over ad nauseum. We have seen our previous QB start over 70 games, and the fact of the matter is that when the line sucked, he sucked, and when the line played better, he still sucked.

Maybe our front office knows something that the 'experts' don't?

The fact of the matter is that a better QB will make the offense better, including the line. Of course I hope they address the line, but I'm not going to fret that we didn't use a first day pick on it. Our defense was in dire straits last year, and beefing up our D-line is a big step towards building a squad that can consistently dominate.

I agree completely with this post. The national media just repeats the same b.s. because that is all they have heard and they haven't watched half of the Texan's games. Its Mark May on ESPN. Can that guy be anymore of an clown?

Realistically though, I'm not going to fault people for ripping our draft. The last two years, and it was mentioned in todays paper, could have produced a Bush/Quinn type scenario or a VY type scenario with the pick this year. All they see are projects and "safe" picks that don't seem to get us over the top. I'm not exactly jumping up and down about this draft. I love Okoye but wanted to move down. The other guys I won't judge or compare because I've yet to see them and knew nothing of them coming in. Considering how bad our talent level has been, who am I to judge. It is something where you need to see the guys plugged into our philosophy and see how they turn out. I was impressed with the moves many of our rivals made and think some went for broke. Overall I don't like to grade until I actually can see a guy in the system. Maybe I'm wrong but I think people blasting the Texans are just as bad as people blindly loving what we do. There has to be a happy medium where you trust the coaches and scouts but at the same time keep one eye open after these first 5 years.

Double Barrel
04-30-2007, 02:18 PM
Pressure on the QB alone won't get it done. We got plenty of pressure on Losman, and he torched Faggins like he was standing still.

We did? :um:

Maybe we were watching different games or teams. We hardly ever put pressure on the QB throughout the season, which is probably one of the reasons why Kubiak said a pass rusher was our most pressing need going into the off-season.

A good D-line can make everything else on the defense better. When your coverage only has to work 2-3 seconds, instead of 5-7 seconds, you take the pressure off. If we have a line that can consistently penetrate the pocket, opposing QBs have to think about protection first before checking down receivers. (A point we know all too well after watching Carr for five seasons.) And a d-line that can stuff the run is taking half of the offense's weapons out of the game, and creating a one dimensional situation for our opponents. Combine that with a sideline-to-sideline LB like DeMeco, and we have the foundation for a solid D.

Wolf
04-30-2007, 02:35 PM
We did? :um:

Maybe we were watching different games or teams. We hardly ever put pressure on the QB throughout the season, which is probably one of the reasons why Kubiak said a pass rusher was our most pressing need going into the off-season.

A good D-line can make everything else on the defense better. When your coverage only has to work 2-3 seconds, instead of 5-7 seconds, you take the pressure off. If we have a line that can consistently penetrate the pocket, opposing QBs have to think about protection first before checking down receivers. (A point we know all too well after watching Carr for five seasons.) And a d-line that can stuff the run is taking half of the offense's weapons out of the game, and creating a one dimensional situation for our opponents. Combine that with a sideline-to-sideline LB like DeMeco, and we have the foundation for a solid D.

on top of that I hope in order for us to get presure we don't have to bring the house everytime.

Wolf
04-30-2007, 03:31 PM
By Tony Moss, NFL Editor

(Sports Network) -

1 - Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville (6-2, 287); 3 - Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane (6-3, 210); 4 - Fred Barnett, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 195); 5 - Brandon Harrison, SS, Stanford (6-2, 227); 5 - Brandon Frye, T, Virginia Tech (6-4, 301); 6 - Kasey Studdard, G, Texas (6-2, 303); 7 - Zach Diles, LB, Kansas State (6-2, 230)

Analysis: It was a bit of a surprise that the Texans took a defensive lineman first for a third consecutive year, but it's difficult to argue with the Okoye pick given Houston's annual problems at stopping the run. What Gary Kubiak's team missed out on was a potential starter in the secondary, with Barnett and Harrison both projecting as backups at best. And Jones, the team's only first- day pick other than Okoye, will have a steep learning curve in his transition from the Division II ranks. Elsewhere, Matt Schaub had to be wincing when he saw that his new team failed to take an offensive lineman until the fifth round. To Houston's credit, it did take a couple of players in Frye and Studdard that have played against their share of top-notch defensive lines. Diles, who few services rated as a draft-worthy player, had to be shocked to hear his name called.

Bottom Line: The second draft of the Kubiak/Rick Smith era produced one stud in Okoye and just a bunch of guys behind him.

Grade: C-

04/30 15:37:32 ET

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=/nfl/news/ABN4076374.htm





another one jumps

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=/nfl/news/ABN4076374.htm

Runner
04-30-2007, 05:33 PM
To buy into the mentality that "it's all the offensive line's fault" means that you have to suspend reality and believe that David Carr had nothing to do with the situation.


A lot of it was Carr's fault. We are fooling ourselves if we don't also admit the line has problems too. If it was all Carr's fault though, I guess we had our bookend tackles in Wand and Wade in 2004. I guess we should take all of the negative comments about them back. We were set! ;)

Spencer was a big part of the solution to the line, and he may not be available. The way Salaam got pushed back into the QB on 3-step drops doesn't make me think he'll do very good in 5 and 7 steppers this year. Jordan Black wasn't all that good with a better cast around him last year.

Flanagan's older, McKinney is McKinney... I don't think the line is that solid, and apparently the coaches don't either since they drafted two more lineman.

My question is this - can the Texans have success following the Denver scheme of using second day pick lineman? Sure Denver has success with that, but can the Texans - who certainly aren't the Broncos - emulate that pattern successfully?

The coaches must think they can; they have rolled their dice with Schaub and the line must play better. If the line doesn't, we won't have much more success offensively this year than in the past. We may see overall improvement though; I think the defense may start carrying the team a little more.

Double Barrel
04-30-2007, 05:43 PM
A lot of it was Carr's fault. We are fooling ourselves if we don't also admit the line has problems too. If it was all Carr's fault though, I guess we had our bookend tackles in Wand and Wade in 2004. I guess we should take all of the negative comments about them back. We were set! ;)

I'm an equal opportunity blamer, so I've never held an extreme position that it is either this or that.

BUT, Carr homers and the national media are on the one-way bandwagon that it's always been the offensive line's fault. It's a black and white issue to them, but as in most things, it's really just shades of gray.

I think a QB that can't read defenses and make pre-snap adjustments is automatically making the offense somewhat one dimensional. Linemen don't call audibles or hot routes (and neither does Carr, for that matter!).

A QB that can't feel the pressure and take advantage of a moving pocket will also make linemen look bad. The line is reactive to what the defense is doing on pass plays. The QB, on the other hand, has to be proactive in taking advantage of what the defense is doing, simply because there is usually someone open.

A QB that causes a third of his own sacks is not the offensive line's fault. By Kubiak's own admission last off-season, DC was responsible for 1/3 of his sacks, by either running out of bounds or running into defenders.

I honestly think that Shaub is going to be miles ahead of DC in being able to adapt to what is given to him. A QB that can make pre-snap adjustments to take advantage of a mis-match, and get the ball off very quickly on a timing route (hitting the receiver in stride instead of constantly throwing behind him) will make everyone around him look better.

Runner
04-30-2007, 05:59 PM
I'm an equal opportunity blamer, so I've never held an extreme position that it is either this or that.
...

I agree with much of what you say. In fact I recall specifically posting in 2004 that Carr ran into a lot of sacks. He'd get flushed by pressure up the middle, and run right past a tackle who had is guy under control. It was easy for the end to step away from tackle, because he saw Carr coming and the tackle didn't know it. Stat: sack to tackle. Bull bananas. Carr still was the golden boy for most back then though.

I also thought Ragone should have been given a chance while he was here, because his NFLe games showed he could move around in the pocket to avoid a rush and still complete a pass. He was "too immobile" though.

I think we are weak pass blocking at center, although McKinney run blocks well. I also think that outside of quick releases on very short drops, the left tackle is weak. If Salaam is the starter he gets pushed back way too often, way too fast. That puts additional stress on other lineman and the QB.

So basically I'm with you about better QB play helping, but I'm still worried about the line. They both need to raise their level of play.

Double Barrel
04-30-2007, 06:05 PM
yeah, don't get me wrong, I'm concerned about the line, too.

But there is something going on that us outsiders must not know about, because the FO doesn't seem desperate about it right now. I can only speculate that they feel that they have things under control, because obviously protecting their new QB has to be a top priority. The last thing they want to see is a new NFL sack record (or anything remotely close to it).

Runner
04-30-2007, 06:12 PM
But there is something going on that us outsiders must not know about, because the FO doesn't seem desperate about it right now. I can only speculate that they feel that they have things under control, because obviously protecting their new QB has to be a top priority. The last thing they want to see is a new NFL sack record (or anything remotely close to it).

Which brings us back to this:

My question is this - can the Texans have success following the Denver scheme of using second day pick lineman? Sure Denver has success with that, but can the Texans - who certainly aren't the Broncos - emulate that pattern successfully?

The coaches must think they can; they have rolled their dice with Schaub and the line must play better. If the line doesn't, we won't have much more success offensively this year than in the past.

The coaches think they have it under control - next year will show us if they can overcome the risks of doing it Denver's way.

Double Barrel
04-30-2007, 06:16 PM
What kind of picks did Green Bay use on linemen? I always look at Denver first, then the Packers, for obvious reasons.

Personally, I'm not a big believer in systems over players. A good player can be utilized in a variety of systems, but not necessarily the other way around.

I suppose the tried and true "only time will tell" should be inserted here. I'm hating being patient, though. The season can't come quick enough for me.

nunusguy
04-30-2007, 06:55 PM
What kind of picks did Green Bay use on linemen? I always look at Denver first, then the Packers, for obvious reasons.

The Packers chose one of my personal favorites, Alan Barbe, a very athletic ZB candidate who went to a very small school in Missouri. They took him in the 4th round.
Could it be that the Texans aren't really that satisfied with our OLine, but just saw a dearth of OLine talent in this Draft and feel they have to get thru it until the 2007-08 FA/college Draft for help ?

Honoring Earl 34
04-30-2007, 06:57 PM
Which brings us back to this:



The coaches think they have it under control - next year will show us if they can overcome the risks of doing it Denver's way.

I think it's more than a system thing . I think it boils down to this ... are Smith and Kubiak competent at what they're doing .

We'll know by the Jacoby Jones of the world .

I remember the Patriots getting ripped for picking Richard Seymour . Now the Patriots are immortal .

Grams
04-30-2007, 07:58 PM
There are very few media personnel who think that David Carr was at fault for any of the sacks. According to them it was ALL the OL's fault.

The only one was Michael Smith on ESPN Sat & Sun. He actually liked the way the Texans were building the franchise and like Schaub pickup.

I 'm not sure if they don't like us because we stole their thunder last year with the Mario pick and announcing it to the world before the draft started, but almost all the people on ESPN really do not like the Texans and always have negative things to say about us. We can do no right.

I think we did just fine on the draft, from what I have read on the players we picked up they had a lot of positives and intelligence and the negatives all seemed to be things that can be coached. Isn't that why we have all these coaches to coach and teach these guys that need more training?

TEXANS84
04-30-2007, 08:04 PM
Rome slammed us as well on the radio today.

"Moss got rewarded for bad behavior to go to the Patriots. He didn't go to a team like the Texans".

Leahmic223
04-30-2007, 10:08 PM
I don't care what anyone says.

The pick was perfect. Everyone knew once Amobi fell to that spot, everyone mostly everyone wanted him. Even Mario sent a text to the Dline coach, saying "Okoye Okoye Okoye"

There were NO OTs good enough to draft in the top 10. If we did reach for one, then people would have said we reached.

Who cares what these guys say, most of the times they are wrong. The draft is a hit or miss. I've seen Jacoby play, it isn't a reach. I am confident to say, this guy will be #2 WR by the end of the season, and it' won't be because of injury.

All I have heard about him...he has Small hands... he has small hands.

Who cares? Just because you have small hands doesn't mean you CAN'T catch. It's not about what you have, but what you do with it.

He's quick, he can leap, and yes he caught a lot of balls when I watched him.
After watching him, I honestly said to myself "Maybe we can get him in the 4th." Hopefully with Andre teaching him a few things, he can be a great WR, he has the potential to. I guess we will see, I think Jacoby is a steal though.

Runner
04-30-2007, 10:40 PM
I think it's more than a system thing . I think it boils down to this ... are Smith and Kubiak competent at what they're doing .


Yes they are. That puts them on equal footing with most of the other teams in the league. Now they have to get better than most of the others to get to the next level, especially if they try to follow the hard to recreate Denver system.

Kuiak appears to be a good head coach; Smith has made some good moves in his more limited time here. That doesn't mean every decision they make is right though; if it were that easy every team would win the Super Bowl every year.

Shaft75
05-01-2007, 12:31 AM
I agree pretty much with The Hair

We actually have less talent on the offense this year, than last year!



Are you still talking out of your ass? I think you are actually Mel Kiper. Why are you on the Texans message board? Shouldn't you be combing your hair?

Shaft75
05-01-2007, 12:42 AM
And then take a look at the other 31 teams' drafts at the tackle position, and even focus on the Texans. Just because the Broncos can do things a certain way does not mean we can. We don't really run the Bronco offense anyway. We run some bastardized form of Green Bay and Denver offenses, mixed with who-knows-what, and the result hasn't been pretty. I understand what you're saying, and where you're coming from, but I reiterate - Just because Denver does it doesn't mean we can. To this point, we haven't.

We don't run the Bronco offense? Are you watching the same games as I am? And yes, in our system, we can take this approach. Any zone blocking scheme can take this approach. I don't see any marquis guys on the Pats line either...

Maddict5
05-01-2007, 05:10 AM
another one jumps

http://www.sportsnetwork.com/default.asp?c=sportsnetwork&page=/nfl/news/ABN4076374.htm


fred barnett....nuff said

BigBull17
05-01-2007, 08:53 AM
I think most reasonable people agree that DC had his very evident flaws. But I also think it's been painfully obvious over the past few years that the tackle play on this O-line has been atrocious. DC contributed to his share of sacks, to be sure. But there were FAR too many instances of him getting hit right as he set his feet from the drop or even before. And the team wasn't even taking seven-step drops! Salaam and Jordan Black don't make me feel any more comfortable about the situation at all. Contrarily, at least I had some faith that DC could take the hit and get back up. We don't know that about Schaub yet. We hope he has the durabilty DC had, but we don't know.

I agree with everything TC said above, and I don't like Kiper's analysis. But I do grade the draft a C- or thereabouts, because of what we didn't do AGAIN, and that is get a blue-chip prospect at LT. Sure, maybe this OT we got in the 5th round will get coached up and be a decent starter in a few years. Maybe Spencer makes it back from injury and can be a healthy starter for 2008. But maybe Kubiak and Schaub have started down the road to their demise by then, too.

I agree that Jordan Black isnt the best choice to have at LT, but hes far from the worst. He started for a playoff team at LT and thats more than we can say. He is a huge upgrade over LT's of the past. With Salaam behind him if he struggles, he could hold the fort until, if ever, Spencer returns. The thing that bugs me most is people who say we draft on potential and then get upset we didnt trade down for Staley. He is a project LT from a small school with a great 40 time. Unless we institute LT screens who gives a fig about a 4.8 40. I would have liked to get more weapons and starters into the 4th round, but that cant happen every year. We got spoiled last year with so many and I think we have no reason not to trust these guys. Peace Im out.

eriadoc
05-01-2007, 09:58 AM
We don't run the Bronco offense? Are you watching the same games as I am? And yes, in our system, we can take this approach. Any zone blocking scheme can take this approach. I don't see any marquis guys on the Pats line either...

No, we're not running the Bronco offense. I watch every game from the comfort of my PSL seats. We run an offense that has elements of the Broncos offense, but it has just as much Green Bay influence from Mike Sherman. There are a few posters here who have expressed concern about the styles of Sherman and Kubiak meshing together well, and I have to say I have my concerns so far, as well.

So yeah, the theory is that we can take offensive linemen in the later rounds and coach them up. With only a year's worth of sample, I don't think anyone can sit here and say with real certainty that we'll succeed at it.

Shaft75
05-01-2007, 10:33 AM
No, we're not running the Bronco offense. I watch every game from the comfort of my PSL seats. We run an offense that has elements of the Broncos offense, but it has just as much Green Bay influence from Mike Sherman. There are a few posters here who have expressed concern about the styles of Sherman and Kubiak meshing together well, and I have to say I have my concerns so far, as well.

So yeah, the theory is that we can take offensive linemen in the later rounds and coach them up. With only a year's worth of sample, I don't think anyone can sit here and say with real certainty that we'll succeed at it.

I agree to disagree. Our whole offensive system is based on Denver's. It's foundation came from Denver.
But still, don't you think the offense will look sloppy with a qb that doesn't know how to run any offense? I mean come on now. You should have been concerned with our offense last season. Carr looked lost before, during, and after the game.
There is never a certainty in anything. You have to keep the faith.

hadaad
05-01-2007, 10:33 AM
fred barnett....nuff said

I disagree. Are you for him or against him?

Good draft or bad draft?

Runner
05-01-2007, 04:57 PM
No, we're not running the Bronco offense. I watch every game from the comfort of my PSL seats. We run an offense that has elements of the Broncos offense, but it has just as much Green Bay influence from Mike Sherman.

I agree. I think they ran a more pure Denver style in the pre-season and added Green Bays power blocking twist when the season began. The flow of the line was very visibly different once the season started.

bayshorebevo
05-01-2007, 08:04 PM
On ESPN NFL Draft Wrap-Up, Mel "the Hair" Kiper just said the Texans and Titans had the worst drafts in the league.

The1ApplePie
05-01-2007, 08:19 PM
The Hair > The Metrosexual ********* McShay

I think Kiper based it more on teams ignoring gaping holes (Both teams passed on WR/CB the biggest needs) than on drafting good players.

Okoye and Griffin are both great players, but didn't fit the team needs.

I'd give the edge to the Titians in crappyness. A horrible college RB over Dwayne Jarrett?

Stampede
05-01-2007, 08:32 PM
I agree. I think they ran a more pure Denver style in the pre-season and added Green Bays power blocking twist when the season began. The flow of the line was very visibly different once the season started.

I read awhile back that we would be adding even more power/slant to our playbook this year now that Sherman has taken over the oc duties.

bayshorebevo
05-01-2007, 08:40 PM
Pie, you are correct. He was referring to us and the Titans ignoring needs, not the ability of the individual players. "The Hair" did, however, say that the receiver from Lane was a stretch.

Honoring Earl 34
05-01-2007, 09:06 PM
Pie, you are correct. He was referring to us and the Titans ignoring needs, not the ability of the individual players. "The Hair" did, however, say that the receiver from Lane was a stretch.

I remember one draft , Kiper could'nt believe that Mark Spindler was not drafted after I think 3 rounds .

He even went as far to say ... Mark when you're a regular at the pro bowl , you'll have the last laugh .

Anyone know who Mark Spindler is ?

NFLforher
05-01-2007, 10:34 PM
I think most reasonable people agree that DC had his very evident flaws. But I also think it's been painfully obvious over the past few years that the tackle play on this O-line has been atrocious. DC contributed to his share of sacks, to be sure. But there were FAR too many instances of him getting hit right as he set his feet from the drop or even before. And the team wasn't even taking seven-step drops! Salaam and Jordan Black don't make me feel any more comfortable about the situation at all. Contrarily, at least I had some faith that DC could take the hit and get back up. We don't know that about Schaub yet. We hope he has the durabilty DC had, but we don't know.

I agree with everything TC said above, and I don't like Kiper's analysis. But I do grade the draft a C- or thereabouts, because of what we didn't do AGAIN, and that is get a blue-chip prospect at LT. Sure, maybe this OT we got in the 5th round will get coached up and be a decent starter in a few years. Maybe Spencer makes it back from injury and can be a healthy starter for 2008. But maybe Kubiak and Schaub have started down the road to their demise by then, too.

That's a lot of maybe's. I don't want to see Shaub get hurt or shell shocked.

NFLforher
05-01-2007, 10:35 PM
I remember one draft , Kiper could'nt believe that Mark Spindler was not drafted after I think 3 rounds .

He even went as far to say ... Mark when you're a regular at the pro bowl , you'll have the last laugh .

Anyone know who Mark Spindler is ?


An Olympic swimmer? :cool:

hadaad
05-01-2007, 10:54 PM
An Olympic swimmer? :cool:

I go to church with a guy named Mark Spindler but I'm guessing it's not the same guy.

DBCooper
05-01-2007, 11:58 PM
"Who the hell is Mel Kiper?!!" (Classic quote)

Okoye was the best player period at number 10. And we can use him.
Both "Blue Chip" (if that really means anything) LT's gone by the time we picked.

Our #2 pick was Schaub. (or at least half of a Schaub)

Our #3 was probably best used on WR over CB or FS.

The bottom line is, we will not get any respect until we start winning football games. Then 20/20 hindsight will kick in and the Texans brain trust will look like genius's.

swtbound07
05-02-2007, 12:01 AM
You know what espn spent most of monday morning doing? Absolutely ripping the Miami dolphins for taking ted ginn jr., and passing on golden boy brady quinn because uberscout Mel Kiper had him slotted there. Guess what guys? Nfl teams don't let mel come into their draft rooms and look at their boards. Guess what guys? If you stare at the bottom line for mel's "best available" Those players linger in the greenroom and at home waiting for calls for HOURS. Who gives a crap what kiper thinks? It's funny to me, because i get tiny tidbits of random information, and i heard a commentator repeat some of it on sunday. I happen to know for 100 percent fact that on the arizona cardinals draft board, they had levi brown graded higher than joe thomas. Kiper spent most of his time on Mike and Mike monday ripping the cardinals for "reaching" on brown, and not selecting adrian peterson since joe thomas was gone. Kiper says things that are blatant lies, and never gets called on it. Kiper says if thomas was there at 5 the cardinals were taking him. No, no they weren't, they wanted brown. The Dolphins had Ginn graded out as the #2 reciever on their board, and wanted a first round reciever. They took him. Until Kiper gets a real job as a real scout he needs to shut the hell up. Okoye was a better pick at 10 then ANYBODY else available, including pretty boy brady quinn. I don't care where kiper had leon hall going. Leon hall got drafted behind Revis, and a team traded up for revis. What the hell does that say about Kiper's rating ability? It says that NFL teams know better than him, and the sooner they just spend sunday giving us INFORMATION, not opinion about all the draft picks, the better the coverage will be. I don't want longwinded discussions about who should have been taken, I want to know EVERY pick when it happens, and while your waiting on the next pick tell me about the one my team just made. I don't want my teams picks to always happen during commercial break, and I don't want my teams pick at 10 ignored because mel kiper didnt' get his way with the 9 pick. /rant

hadaad
05-02-2007, 10:49 AM
You know what espn spent most of monday morning doing? Absolutely ripping the Miami dolphins for taking ted ginn jr. (snip snip) while your waiting on the next pick tell me about the one my team just made. I don't want my teams picks to always happen during commercial break, and I don't want my teams pick at 10 ignored because mel kiper didnt' get his way with the 9 pick. /rant

I think it's funny. Mel Kiper has gotten a reputation as a draft guru and I have never seen anything go to anyone's head like that has to his. HIS draft board is ALL. And if someone doesn't adhere to HIS draft board, they're wrong.

I believe that Joe Thomas was rated as the best left tackle in the draft by nearly everybody. Does that mean that the Cardinals would have taken him if he were available? Certainly not. Teams don't go around the league like Kiper seems to, trying to find a consensus. They use their own eyes, their own ear.

I love listening to Kiper and all the other draftniks talk about how much of a reach somebody was. Hey, if he's the guy the team wanted, they didn't reach for anything but the phone. Kiper going off on teams just makes me laugh.

Mr. White
05-02-2007, 10:59 AM
It's almost more fun to watch the draft to see Kiper miss. I liked what I saw of the ESPN coverage because it looked like Keyshawn was giving him and Mortensen the business.

I'd like to see Meshawn get a permanent job at ESPN now. It looks like his voice is loud enough to completely drown out the blowhards that nobody tries to talk over.

Honoring Earl 34
05-02-2007, 10:59 AM
The difference between Kiper and Bushbaum (sp) is Kiper tries to look the part of a draft guru while Joel was a NFL nerd and he'd say that .

They are both data gatherers but I think Bushbaum also listened to opinions of football people he trusted and had a memory that would'nt quit .

Kiper is a parrot and just repeats what he finds .

Lucky
05-02-2007, 11:03 AM
I'd like to see Meshawn get a permanent job at ESPN now.
Agreed. Keyshawn is more coherent than the departed Irvin, and would put some life into NFL Countdown. In fact, I'd have him replace Sharpe on the CBS pregame show, as well.

Honoring Earl 34
05-02-2007, 11:05 AM
I go to church with a guy named Mark Spindler but I'm guessing it's not the same guy.

Marc Spindler
Marc Rudolph Spindler
Position: DE/DT/NT
Height: 6' 5'' Weight: 286
Born: 11/28/1969, in West Scranton, PA, USA
High School: West Scranton (PA)
College: Pittsburgh


Regular Season Stats

DEF INTS FUMBLES
Year AGE Team LG GP SK SFY INT YDS LNG TD TOT OWR OPR YDS TD
1990 20 DET NFL 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 21 DET NFL 16 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
1992 22 DET NFL 13 2.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1993 23 DET NFL 16 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
1994 24 DET NFL 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1995 25 NYJ NFL 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1996 26 NYJ NFL 15 0.5 0 1 -1 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0
1997 27 DET NFL 10 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 28 DET NFL 15 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 NFL Season Totals 107 9.5 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0

hadaad
05-02-2007, 11:07 AM
Definitely not the same guy. The guy I know is 140 soaking wet and maybe 23 years old.

Probably would be more productive at DT, though. :)

Mr. White
05-02-2007, 11:14 AM
Agreed. Keyshawn is more coherent than the departed Irvin, and would put some life into NFL Countdown. In fact, I'd have him replace Sharpe on the CBS pregame show, as well.

Love him or hate him, he's good TV. I've never laughed so much during a draft show (or any NFL show) than watching him take on those windbags. Nobody else ever takes those guys to task. They just let 'em rant.

Double Barrel
05-02-2007, 12:13 PM
The difference between Kiper and Bushbaum (sp) is Kiper tries to look the part of a draft guru while Joel was a NFL nerd and he'd say that .

They are both data gatherers but I think Bushbaum also listened to opinions of football people he trusted and had a memory that would'nt quit .

Kiper is a parrot and just repeats what he finds .

No doubt. JB seemed like a really nice guy and someone that you'd love to chat with over a cup of java.

Kiper seems like an arrogant asshat, and it appears to me that it's a personality flaw. I can't stand the guy and he makes me turn away from ESPN's football coverage.

And I am 100% convinced that Kiper hates the Houston Texans.

hadaad
05-02-2007, 12:24 PM
Asshat. HAW HAW.

There must be something to Kiper, though. He still has his job and he basically popularized the whole draftnik thing. I like the draft more now than I did ten years ago, and it's probably largely due to him.

The1ApplePie
05-02-2007, 01:40 PM
No doubt. JB seemed like a really nice guy and someone that you'd love to chat with over a cup of java.

Kiper seems like an arrogant asshat, and it appears to me that it's a personality flaw. I can't stand the guy and he makes me turn away from ESPN's football coverage.

And I am 100% convinced that Kiper hates the Houston Texans.

McShay looks like this frat boy that didn't have the ****s to say anything to my face, so he spit in my girlfriend's face instead.

Though, in the draft coverage, I did like Steve Young going off on random panelists. By about hour 3, you could tell he thought about sucker punching Keyshawn.

klingonscum
05-03-2007, 02:03 PM
For what it's worth...

Kiper and a lot of other people have smacked the Texans around for "not addressing their Offensive Line problems" with this draft. I don't think that's fair because:

1) At #10, both of the first round worthy OTs were off the board. Joe Thomas to the Browns at #3, and Levi Brown to Arizona (I thought Brown might get down to us if Arizona traded down; I didn't think they'd go for him that high). The only other OT who went in the first round was Joe Staley, who went #28th, and everybody would have screamed had they passed on Okoye for a guy ranked that much lower on everyone's draft board. I'm not going to say "they could have drafted down" because there's no way to really know that; the only team pestering them for the pick was Cleveland when Miami passed on Quinn.

2) Ben Grubbs was the only first rounder guard, and it's pretty arguable that the only reason he went to Baltimore way down at #29 was they had a real need at the position.

3) We essentially spent our #2 pick for a starting QB. You really can't fault that. If you argue "they shouldn't have got rid of Carr in the first place", you're not talking about the draft. I'll say it again - they got a starting QB with their #2 pick, and one who, unlike Russell, Quinn, or any of the other QBs, has actually had some NFL starting experience. Hardly any, and it was a mixed bag, but most of the talking heads like to say holding a clipboard for at least a year makes a better QB, and Schaub's done that.

4) I wasn't happy with the Texans 2nd pick; the two guys I was hoping would be there for the O-line were gone already: Ryan Harris and James Marten. Henderson doesn't do it for me. They passed on Michael Bush though, and that irritated me - they've got 5 RBs under contract right now, the starter (Green) is an old fogey, two (Dayne/Gado) are journeymen/busts, two (Lundy/Taylor) are second year guys who couldn't beat out the journeymen/busts for the starting role last year. Bush is injured, but healthy he was the second best back in the draft. Or, they could have gone for Allen Barbre - a guy who's only flaw seems to be technique at this point, and can play Guard and Tackle. A bit of a reach with this high of a pick though...

5) Fred Bennett was an excellent 3rd pick in the 4th round. They needed a starting cover corner (for proof, go back and watch Faggins in the Buffalo game last year), although I'd've preferred that he be a little better against the run.

I graded them out at a B- for acquiring two for sure starters in the draft in Schaub and Okoye and a decent prospect to start with Bennett. The rest of the draft were depth prospects. But they definitely need a good #2 wide-out, a possession guy with good hands and blocking skills, to free up Andre to be Andre.

--KS