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Ali4Real
04-27-2008, 12:12 PM
http://blogs.chron.com/nfl/

John McLain does a good job of justifying the selection of Duane Brown. I think the 2008 NFL Draft was one of those drafts in which teams selected based off of need rather then talent (for the most part).

Check out the article...


Why I like Duane Brown:

Works well in our zone blocking system (but needs to fine-tune his skills). Ran a 5.50 40-Yard Dash which was the fastest among linemen. He is 6'5" 308-Lbs. and has good footwork from the videos Iv'e seen of him.


http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?Prospect_ID=1522 had this to say:

The buzz started during Senior Week when Brown had a good showing at the East-West Shrine game. The buzz grew fast at the Combine when Brown ranked among the leaders in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 3-cone drill and 20-yard shuffle for offensive tackles. Brown will still need some work on his technique and to get a little stronger at the point of attack, but once that is taken care of many expect that he can be a great lineman for years to come. He will be just as quick as most ends and you cannot teach that speed or athleticism.

The second round might be a bit of a stretch, but he will be in the top ten offensive tackles on a lot of draft boards and just about everybody wants a tackle sooner or later (that could push him into the late second round). If he falls much further than that, he will be a steal as long as he can fine tune his technique and eventually live up to his Combine numbers.

GP
04-27-2008, 12:21 PM
A lot of people had RB Chris Johnson going in the 2nd round, and based on what I saw of Chris Johnson...the dude should have been ranked a late first rounder.

So, I'm cool with us picking up a "2nd rounder" in the first round.

Gibbs wanted Duane Brown. Must be a good choice.

Second Honeymoon
04-27-2008, 02:15 PM
just another 'we're smarter than you' pick by the Texans. i understand that they didn't have a 2nd Rounder and wanted to insure an LT selection, but this smells like a Casserley pick. I thought we got rid of him.

Oh well, what's done is done and hopefully it works out. Duane Brown definitely sounds like a OL but sorry if I am not ecstatic with the pick. Mendenhall was there at #18, Kenny Phillips was there at #26, and both could have helped.

look at the Steelers draft. they didn't act like they knew something that no one else knew and got Mendenhall and Sweed to fall right in their lap. I don't mind the Molden pick and it was at least somewhat positive getting another 3rd ROund pick.

This draft gets at first glance a D- but I will give it an INC until the season actually starts and we see if DB can be worth a crap.

TheRealJoker
04-27-2008, 05:40 PM
just another 'we're smarter than you' pick by the Texans. i understand that they didn't have a 2nd Rounder and wanted to insure an LT selection, but this smells like a Casserley pick. I thought we got rid of him.

Oh well, what's done is done and hopefully it works out. Duane Brown definitely sounds like a OL but sorry if I am not ecstatic with the pick. Mendenhall was there at #18, Kenny Phillips was there at #26, and both could have helped.

look at the Steelers draft. they didn't act like they knew something that no one else knew and got Mendenhall and Sweed to fall right in their lap. I don't mind the Molden pick and it was at least somewhat positive getting another 3rd ROund pick.

This draft gets at first glance a D- but I will give it an INC until the season actually starts and we see if DB can be worth a crap.


You should give it an INC regardless of what your draft magazine says about the guy until 2-3 years down the road. Gibbs thinks he can be a franchise LT. Regardless, he's the first LT in Texans history with the athleticism to stay with the edge rushers consistently, with Gibbs coaching he should be a stud in about a year or two.

That's worth more than a RB or a FS. I cant help but laugh at how some of you kept complaining how we've never gotten an OL and when we finally do you complain about it. I guess if we dont make the "sexy" pick every round then our draft is terrible.

I bet you HATED the 06 draft, good thing it got an INC until the players actually played a down in the NFL though ;)

PapaL
04-27-2008, 05:49 PM
It seems that his weaknesses are Gibbs's strengths. I get the feeling this will be alright.

ArlingtonTexan
04-27-2008, 06:09 PM
I think I get why the Texans did what they did. MClain has become way too defensive about fans raisng legitimate questions concerning anything Texans related. Using his logic, no one could ever question the assistant manager at whatever fast food joint when your order is screwed up, because you are not a "professional"{ and don't know as much.

Second Honeymoon
04-27-2008, 08:02 PM
You should give it an INC regardless of what your draft magazine says about the guy until 2-3 years down the road. Gibbs thinks he can be a franchise LT. Regardless, he's the first LT in Texans history with the athleticism to stay with the edge rushers consistently, with Gibbs coaching he should be a stud in about a year or two.

That's worth more than a RB or a FS. I cant help but laugh at how some of you kept complaining how we've never gotten an OL and when we finally do you complain about it. I guess if we dont make the "sexy" pick every round then our draft is terrible.

I bet you HATED the 06 draft, good thing it got an INC until the players actually played a down in the NFL though ;)

excuse me, but I have never been one of the 'our OL sucks' crowd. our OL was above average last year and I felt we had more pressing needs. The guy was drafted about 20-30 spots too early imho but obviously I aint making the decisions. We should have traded down and picked him or traded up from the 3rd if we were so damn high on him. There were players that would have helped us win much more and this stinks of a Casserley-type pick. 'I am smarter than everyone else and I can 'coach him up'....i'll believe it when I see it....

you can't drink the koolaid all you want but by definition, we reached on Duane Brown. Period. End of story. If we got a guy perfectly suited for the ZBS couldn't we have gotten him later since not many teams run the scheme? But of course that is using logic and not being a member of the sheeple....the same sheeple that made excuses for Carr and blamed the OL, RB, WR, and just about everyone else but the problem. Excuse me if I think you may be homering.....just a bit.

I did like our 2nd part of the draft a lot more. Slaton and Okam are good prospects that seem like good fits and were taken at positions of value.

aj.
04-27-2008, 08:10 PM
If we got a guy perfectly suited for the ZBS couldn't we have gotten him later since not many teams run the scheme?

Which tackle(s) better than Brown and perfectly suited for the ZBS could we have gotten later? Just curious.

ChampionTexan
04-27-2008, 08:27 PM
just another 'we're smarter than you' pick by the Texans.


As opposed to "You're smarter than us, so we'll go with Mendenhall, Phillips or whoever else the masses would have rejoiced over"?

The one thing that seems obvious to me is that while talent evaluation and team building are pretty subjective activities, clearly, Kubes and Smith are going with their convictions and taking a "Public and Media reaction be damned" approach to things.

I can't imaging anything worse than a FO pandering to our expectation even if they didn't agree.

Keep in mind that while lots and lots of NFL HC's, GM's and Scouts have been fired for bad drafts, none of those firings occurred the next day. Yeah, the fans have a right to expect a winner, but under any circumstances, we won't know how well this draft class addresses that expectations for a minimum of 2-3 years.

PapaL
04-27-2008, 08:40 PM
Let me say this - I wanted Mendelhall. I, however, have no control over the situation. I'm sure Smitiack has invested more time into the whole thing than I have. I'm sure Brown will do well for us (especially since Dayne isn't around to ruin another career).

DiehardChris
04-27-2008, 08:46 PM
Which tackle(s) better than Brown and perfectly suited for the ZBS could we have gotten later? Just curious.

Bingo.

just another 'we're smarter than you' pick by the Texans.

But... they are smarter than you. This is what they do for a living. I didn't LOVE the pick when it happened, but hey - they hired Alex Gibbs to give us a top-notch running attack, and they went with the guy they wanted most out of who was available.

Had they taken him at 18, I'd be more upset... but they traded down EIGHT spots, picked up two picks and still got the guy they wanted after the top tackles they preferred were gone. Could they have gotten a better value at 26 with a different position? Sure... but they decided that we needed our LT of the future more than anything else.

It's not sexy, but I'm good with it. My only concern is that he's not a sure-fire immediate starter like Williams or Albert likely would have been.

eriadoc
04-27-2008, 08:53 PM
you can't drink the koolaid all you want but by definition, we reached on Duane Brown. Period. End of story. If we got a guy perfectly suited for the ZBS couldn't we have gotten him later since not many teams run the scheme? But of course that is using logic and not being a member of the sheeple....the same sheeple that made excuses for Carr and blamed the OL, RB, WR, and just about everyone else but the problem. Excuse me if I think you may be homering.....just a bit.

I might have read a more arrogant and ignorant post somewhere on this board before, but I'll have to seriously think back over the past few years. By whose definition? Yours? There is no prescribed spot where he should have been picked. There's just a bunch of hacks who don't have NFL jobs offering up their opinions. Those opinions are worth jack squat at the end of the day. All that matters is on-field production. If we'd taken Dom Davis in the 3rd round instead of the 4th, would that have been a reach? How about if we'd taken Demeco in the first round?

Period. End of story. Whatever.

Second Honeymoon
04-27-2008, 08:54 PM
Which tackle(s) better than Brown and perfectly suited for the ZBS could we have gotten later? Just curious.

You aren't getting my point. My point is that we could have gotten Brown himself later in the draft. Phillips, Mendenhall, Cason, and Merlin were all available at various points the Texans were at. My point is that we drafted him too early.

1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan

That draft kicks the snot out of our draft and addresses more needs and adds more quality players to the team. possible impact players. drafting a QB in 7th Round just seems lazy to me. Hart was there. Dude is a warrior and will be successful in the NFL. bank on it.

if you are so deluded to think that drafting Brown in the 1st Round wasn't a reach then that is your prerogative. If you asked Brown, even he would tell you it was a reach. Even he was amazed to go in the 1st Round to Houston at #26. This just smacks of a Casserley 'coaches' pick like Babin was. Let the coaches stay in the locker room and let Smith make the damn picks. Our defense is atrocious and barring a miracle trade for Jason Taylor, we don't look to be that much better on defense in 2008. That isn't good enough. Our defense isn't good enough. It is critical and our OL wasn't what held us back last year, it was defense namely on 3rd Down.

I do love the selection of Okam and Slaton though. Great value for both and Slaton seems like a perfect complimentary back for our system.

The Pencil Neck
04-27-2008, 09:06 PM
1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan


Godfrey went to the Panthers on the 4th pick of the 3rd round... LONG before we picked Molden.

barrett
04-27-2008, 09:10 PM
apparently we were offered a chance to trade down once more but Kubiak was so nervous about us not getting the player PERFECTLY SUITED FOR THE ZONE BLOCKING SCHEME THAT ALEX GIBBS HAND PICKED that Smith conceded and didn't answer the phone. I love our organization so much it's sick. really. these are guys i would hang out with. it's crazy.

Second Honeymoon
04-27-2008, 09:10 PM
Godfrey went to the Panthers on the 4th pick of the 3rd round... LONG before we picked Molden.

point taken. then maybe Justin King out of Penn State so we can still try and address the CB position in my 'hindsight' draft.

it wasn't a failure of a draft. it was just a big reach with our first pick and I felt we needed more of a sure thing with our 1st since we didn't have a 2nd. I did like picking up the extra 3rd/6th for 8 spots.

The Pencil Neck
04-27-2008, 09:21 PM
point taken. then maybe Justin King out of Penn State so we can still try and address the CB position in my 'hindsight' draft.

it wasn't a failure of a draft. it was just a big reach with our first pick and I felt we needed more of a sure thing with our 1st since we didn't have a 2nd. I did like picking up the extra 3rd/6th for 8 spots.

We really don't know how big a reach it was. We got him at the 26th pick. One mock had him at 27. There was a rumor that the Niners had their eye on him. It's possible we could have traded back to 28 and he might still have been there... but he might not. It's not like every player went were everyone expected them to.

So, while Brown might have been a reach, he might not have been. Better to get the guy you want when you can get him than miss the guy you want because you got greedy for a few picks.

J-Russ
04-27-2008, 09:26 PM
You aren't getting my point. My point is that we could have gotten Brown himself later in the draft. Phillips, Mendenhall, Cason, and Merlin were all available at various points the Texans were at. My point is that we drafted him too early.

1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan


You do know that if we didn't take D.Brown at #26, another team would've shortly after. He wouldn't had been there in the third, not by a long shot. We had a chance to trade back with Seattle and pick-up a extra 4th, but we didn't feel he would had been there the next time we picked.

Also, I don't consider the pick a reach. A reach would be taking someone in one spot, when no other team had him rated in that area. Well, apparently other teams did grade him in the late first - early 2nd area, thats why we didn't trade back. They wanted Duane Brown and got him. I'm happy with it.

Wolf
04-27-2008, 09:31 PM
You aren't getting my point. My point is that we could have gotten Brown himself later in the draft. Phillips, Mendenhall, Cason, and Merlin were all available at various points the Texans were at. My point is that we drafted him too early.

1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan

That draft kicks the snot out of our draft and addresses more needs and adds more quality players to the team. possible impact players. drafting a QB in 7th Round just seems lazy to me. Hart was there. Dude is a warrior and will be successful in the NFL. bank on it.

if you are so deluded to think that drafting Brown in the 1st Round wasn't a reach then that is your prerogative. If you asked Brown, even he would tell you it was a reach. Even he was amazed to go in the 1st Round to Houston at #26. This just smacks of a Casserley 'coaches' pick like Babin was. Let the coaches stay in the locker room and let Smith make the damn picks. Our defense is atrocious and barring a miracle trade for Jason Taylor, we don't look to be that much better on defense in 2008. That isn't good enough. Our defense isn't good enough. It is critical and our OL wasn't what held us back last year, it was defense namely on 3rd Down.

I do love the selection of Okam and Slaton though. Great value for both and Slaton seems like a perfect complimentary back for our system.

there would be no guarantee that Brown would still have been there by the time we picked again, if we had a 2nd round pick maybe but never know ..who would have thought 7 tackles would have been taken so early.. lets let Gibbs and crew get a hold of him and see what happens

thunderkyss
04-27-2008, 09:57 PM
I think SecondHoneyMoon has a point. And it's Valid.

I personally would have loved a first round CB. Right now, we're so jaded, we think DuntaRobinson is the best there ever was to play that position. So anytime we get a cornerback, (4th rounder, neverwas free agent) who plays at Dunta's level, we think we really scored or something.

Offensively, we've got guys who weren't perfect LTs in traditional systems, who Gary thought he could make ZBS LTs on our roster. We've got a smart QB, a real Center, a future probowler at RT(watch), a probowl WRs, a tough as nail posession reciever(Walther), a speedy vet(Davis).

I don't ever expect to see Kubiak pick a running back in the first round, but with Ahman Green, Chris Brown, Chris Taylor, & Darius Walker, I can see the need to get a running back.

But with Steve Slathon in the third, I can't see wasting the time arguing about not getting Mendenhal, Rice, or Hart.

Now, all that said, I like the Duane Brown pick. I really like the pick. He's another project, and we've got a shitload of projects on this team. But the more I think about it, the more I really like the pick. Physically, he's exactly what I thought Kubiak would've picked in '06. I didn't understand the Spencer pick at all. His measurables are as good, if not better than the top Tackles in this draft. & he's new to the position.

I see that as a good thing, because he's fresh. Kubiak & Gibbs don't have to unteach him a bunch of junk.

& getting Okam in the fifth.... hell, all our corners(including Dunta) have gotten one step closer to the probowl.

ATXtexanfan
04-27-2008, 10:03 PM
if brown was plan C ( or whatever ) then it was a good pick, we moved back and got extra picks, the boys jumped in front of us for fear or us taking jenkins, i'm sure the FO feared moving back would cost us our guy

Wolf
04-27-2008, 10:29 PM
i kinda agree with this from mailman on the draft thread

Orlando Pace is getting older and coming off a season-ending injury. Considering St. Louis took an OT (Greco) in the third and an OG in the fifth (Scheuning), if Brown had been available I could see them him over Avery with the second pick of the second round. Not pulling the trigger when they did would've been pushing their luck and risking their entire draft strategy, IMO. Wise move.


http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=907717&postcount=367

ChampionTexan
04-27-2008, 10:40 PM
Who knows how long Brown would have lasted if we didn't pick him at 26, but I've seen enough info (From sources other than the Texans) to believe there was zero chance he was going to be there in the 3rd round, and a at least some chance he would have gone to San Fran in the 1st.

For those who feel like the biggest problem with Brown was that we took him too soon, and should have traded down even further, let me ask this question - what would your response be if Smith and Kubiak had said that they were actually targeting Jenkins all along, but traded down because they really believed he would be there at the 26th pick?

My guess is there wouldn't be anyone on this board telling them that it was a good try, and that the benefit of the extra picks warranted losing out on the guy that they really wanted.

Even now, I'm guessing the Texans have no way of knowing where Brown would have gone if they hadn't taken him, and they sure as heck didn't know where he was going to go when the made the decision not to trade down a second time. I'm also pretty sure that they had a better idea of where he might go than anybody on this board (and if you want to call that being a "sheeple, so be it, I just think it's a pretty reasonable assumption).

aj.
04-27-2008, 11:00 PM
if you are so deluded to think that drafting Brown in the 1st Round wasn't a reach then that is your prerogative. .

Show me where I said drafting Brown anywhere was good, bad, or otherwise.

Looking at the way things fell and the tackles taken after 26, I think the howls would have been much louder - and arguably more justified - had they not 'reached' for Brown, mainly because there was a good chance he would have been gone at 79 and the Texans wouldn't have been able to get anyone else with a snowballs chance in hell of remotely fitting into Gibbs' system at LT.

With 6 OTs including guys like Baker and Cherilus off the board early by 21, Brown was arguably in the best of the rest available category by pick 22 regardless of scheme. Expecting him to still be there 57 picks later it what seems unrealistic.

Who again post-26 other than Brown would have made a good ZBS tackle candidate?

TexansSeminole
04-28-2008, 12:35 AM
With 6 OTs including guys like Baker and Cherilus off the board early by 21, Brown was arguably in the best of the rest available category by pick 22 regardless of scheme. Expecting him to still be there 57 picks later it what seems unrealistic.

Not only that, but it sounds like the guy fits our scheme better than some of the tackles taken before him. He wasn't our #1 LT in the draft or anything, atleast I doubt he was, but I think that the Texans had him rated higher for our system than a couple of the other LTs taken before him.

threetoedpete
04-28-2008, 02:44 AM
You aren't getting my point.

3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
.

Because ...you have no point. He wasn't going to make it to the 79. Collins and Hills do not fit. Zuttah is a left gaurd...watch where
Gruden sticks the guy...And that is the point...Smith figgured this to a tee. He knew that the top three guys would go off the board....could they have packaged '09 picks to move up with say Bufallo ?...sure...

BUT and get this through your thick skull...they liked him. They liked him over Williams. They liked him over Clady, and over Alberts. They loved the guy. It wasn't an accedent. Wasn't a miss....Brown was thier OLT...period. Out of the top 63 players, if he was still on the board when they came up, above everyone else on the board...the pick was going to be Duane Brown. And that includes Williams, Clady, and Alberts. Duane Brown was their guy. wrap your mind around that one. Life will be much easier for ya.

So sorry, you have no point.

TheRealJoker
04-28-2008, 08:31 AM
Because ...you have no point. He wasn't going to make it to the 79. Collins and Hills do not fit. Zuttah is a left gaurd...watch where
Gruden sticks the guy...And that is the point...Smith figgured this to a tee. He knew that the top three guys would go off the board....could they have packaged '09 picks to move up with say Bufallo ?...sure...

BUT and get this through your thick skull...they liked him. They liked him over Williams. They liked him over Clady, and over Alberts. They loved the guy. It wasn't an accedent. Wasn't a miss....Brown was thier OLT...period. Out of the top 63 players, if he was still on the board when they came up, above everyone else on the board...the pick was going to be Duane Brown. And that includes Williams, Clady, and Alberts. Duane Brown was their guy. wrap your mind around that one. Life will be much easier for ya.

So sorry, you have no point.

Period. End of story.

chicagotexan2
04-28-2008, 10:00 AM
He looks good and I'm sure they feel they can mold him to fit the system, but I hoped and prayed for Mendenhall. I'll live. I wanted Bush and i'm glad I was wrong there.

Marcus
04-28-2008, 10:04 AM
whatever marcus. make it personal if you want. just keep drinking the koolaid like you did back in the carr era. your credibility = zero

No, actually you just get can't get past the hate. If I could just see a positive post from you about anything, that'd be different. But you just can't get past Carr. And can't accept that this current regime just might know what they doing, even though they've proven it.

No, you're just pissed because they didn't draft who you wanted. Therefore, you're smarter than them, or how did you say it, "they think they are smarter than us".

You are just the most arrogant poster I've ever seen on this board. Period. End of story.

Hervoyel
04-28-2008, 10:38 AM
Come on guys, this just has nowhere to go but down.

It's going to take a lot of us some time to really trust the Texans on the draft. We're Houston fans which means we came out of the box with a persecution complex and 2002-2005 didn't exactly provide us with any reason to trust the guys with the bulls on their helmets.

I'm not pointing any fingers or naming any names but I think we're all still feeling the effects of two years of real division (I'm talking about the 2005 season, the 2006 draft (Vince-Reggie-Mario Wars), and then the 2006 season when the wheels came off the Carr. The 8-8 campaign in 2007 helped but we're still fighting a lot of the same fights among ourselves and we still feel like the other shoe is about to drop every time the Texans make a decision we don't agree with.

You could tell by how fast we polarized into Schaub and Sage camps last year. It's like we couldn't wait for something to come along and split us into seperate camps so we could fight some more.

I also had a sinking "Travis Johnson" feeling when they called out Browns name. I'm trying to make myself accept that these guys (Kubiak and Smith) aren't those guys (Capers and Casserly) and it's working but I too see the similarities to the Babin pick where a coach said "Get me THAT guy".

I'm just having to tell myself that THIS coach (Gibbs) is a better coach than THAT coach (Capers) and that he knows what he's doing. He's always known what he was doing. Everywhere he goes he gets results. Buddy Ryan had a reputation like that when he came to the Oilers and I was nervous about how that was going to turn out back in the day. It worked out and I believe this will too.

Quit fighting over this. It's done and the Texans are telling us that they got what they wanted. Everybody drinks some kool aid eventually. Sooner or later you have to give them the benefit of the doubt again and hope that they don't let you down Second Honeymoon. I find it easier to do now that Mario has had a good year. If we were still waiting for him to show up then I'd be really worried about Brown (and Okoye as well).

I'm not because this regime has a record now (albeit a tiny, limited one) of success in drafting. They look like they have a plan so lets go with it and see what happens.

bigbrewster2000
04-28-2008, 10:50 AM
1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan

That draft kicks the snot out of our draft and addresses more needs and adds more quality players to the team. possible impact players. drafting a QB in 7th Round just seems lazy to me. Hart was there. Dude is a warrior and will be successful in the NFL. bank on it.


Aside from Godfrey who was already mentioned in this revisionist draft, Hart was not available in the 7th. He went at the end of the 6th. Stop acting like you are smarter than everyone on this board. This post just proved that you are not.

Porky
04-28-2008, 10:50 AM
I disagree with Pete that they would have taken Brown above the other three LT's who fit the ZBS, but he was clearly a close 4th, and the dropoff after that was like a cliff.

To say this was a Casserly move is perplexing to me to say the least. Rick Smith deftly moved down, picked up two extra picks, and still came away with the last of the elite ZBS tackles. That's called a good job.

Casserly would have traded up with Buff, given them our 3rd and 4th this year and our 2nd next so that we could have our choice of tackles, probably Clady. THAT is a signature Asserly move. Then he would have come out and said, hey that's who the coaches wanted, and we went and got him.

Nope, Smith worked the draft board to perfection.

I saw mocks with Brown going as high as 23. He was clearly on the come the last few weeks. In fact in another thread, I predicted that they would take him at 18, and it would be a shocker, but that I wasn't going to be shocked. I saw this coming. I had him somewhere between 20 and 40. He may have been a slight reach by typical standards, but sometimes you might value a guy more than another team. Those stupid "big boards" don't mean a thing.

Examples- Gosder Cherilus was rated lower than Brown by most every service I saw. Most had him in round 3. Yet, he went in the first at #17 and is a RT for cripes sakes.

NE picked up Mayo at #10, yet most mocks had him in rd 2 and I had seen some with him in rd 3. Granted, some did have him in the 1st recently. He was another fast riser. But, I guess Bill Bellichik is a moron too, since they could have gotten him in rd 2 because Mel Kiper says so right? I mean it's not like the guy has won multiple super bowls or anything.

The Falcons took Sam Baker at 21. The last mocks I saw had him in rd 2-3. More idoits. I guess the idiots are everywhere.

Or maybe.....just maybe the guys in the FO know more than some message board hack who had probably never even heard of Duane Brown before 5pm Saturday, and had never seen him play. Maybe? I mean that's just a guess.

Pantherstang84
04-28-2008, 11:12 AM
You aren't getting my point. My point is that we could have gotten Brown himself later in the draft.

I have said this before but it bears repeating....

If you think for one second that Brown would have still been on the board when our 1st 3rd round pick came up, then please pass the pipe!!!!

The 9'ers wanted him too. So what? We were going to go with Salaam the next 3-4 years instead? Puhhhlease put the draft mags away.

Here I'll put it in big bold print....

THE HOUSTON TEXANS HAVE NEEDED A FRANCHISE LEFT TACKLE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THEIR EXISTANCE!

They finally addressed it.

Look at where Mendenhall went. Picking him up with #18 or #26 would have been an even bigger reach.

Honoring Earl 34
04-28-2008, 11:20 AM
NE picked up Mayo at #10, yet most mocks had him in rd 2 and I had seen some with him in rd 3. Granted, some did have him in the 1st recently. He was another fast riser. But, I guess Bill Bellichik is a moron too, since they could have gotten him in rd 2 because Mel Kiper says so right? I mean it's not like the guy has won multiple super bowls or anything

The thing is that it's New England that took Mayo and they can't be wrong ... right . What if New England took Brown at #10 it would be called a brilliant move .

I gotta give to Porky he called this one so Porky wins the Mel Kiper wig .

Anyone see where LZ said mendenhall was described with the "P" word in his report hmmmm .

The Pencil Neck
04-28-2008, 12:12 PM
People always say that if there's a guy you're targetting, then you go and get him. We went and got him.

Was it a reach? Maybe. But not a huge one.

I still wonder why people said that San Francisco had their eye on him. Were they going to put him back on the right side to bookend with Staley?

Vinny
04-28-2008, 12:15 PM
Once we can eyeball the guys on the field we should have a better grasp of how this draft pans out. My immediate reaction to the Brown pick was...you mean that guy everyone in the media considered a second tier player? I thought Gibbs was here to coach up guys you can get...in the second tier groups. If you take what the Texans state at face value, Brown was the last guy on their board of "potential starters" that had the skillset they were looking for. I'll just have to take their word for that.

I'll compare the pick to the Brad Hopkins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Hopkins) selection that Mike Holovak "reached for" back in 1993. Holovak had to defend his pick because some thought he reached for him and was not your ideal body type for a LT pick at 13 overall...but Hopkins proved to be a fantastic athlete much like Brown is and ended up to become a pro bowl left tackle for the organization for years.

Specnatz
04-28-2008, 12:25 PM
You aren't getting my point. My point is that we could have gotten Brown himself later in the draft. Phillips, Mendenhall, Cason, and Merlin were all available at various points the Texans were at. My point is that we drafted him too early.

1st Round (after trade) - Kenny Phillips or Phillip Merling, Cason, or Flowers
3rd Round - Duane Brown LT VTech (or worst case Collins, Hills, and Zuttah of whom all were available at this spot where we took Molden)
3rd Round - Charles Godfrey CB Iowa
4th Round - Xavier Adibi OLB VTech
5th Round - Frank Okam DT Texas
6th Round - Geno Hayes OLB FSU or Bo Ruud OLB Nebraska
7th Round - Mike Hart RB Michigan

That draft kicks the snot out of our draft and addresses more needs and adds more quality players to the team. possible impact players. drafting a QB in 7th Round just seems lazy to me. Hart was there. Dude is a warrior and will be successful in the NFL. bank on it.

if you are so deluded to think that drafting Brown in the 1st Round wasn't a reach then that is your prerogative. If you asked Brown, even he would tell you it was a reach. Even he was amazed to go in the 1st Round to Houston at #26. This just smacks of a Casserley 'coaches' pick like Babin was. Let the coaches stay in the locker room and let Smith make the damn picks. Our defense is atrocious and barring a miracle trade for Jason Taylor, we don't look to be that much better on defense in 2008. That isn't good enough. Our defense isn't good enough. It is critical and our OL wasn't what held us back last year, it was defense namely on 3rd Down.

I do love the selection of Okam and Slaton though. Great value for both and Slaton seems like a perfect complimentary back for our system.

Seriously? Folks just take second homemoon as he is, this is the same person after week 5 was yelling and screaming for Kubiak to be fired and for the Texans to hire Bill Cowher who was already stating he was not going to coach next season (surprise he is a man of his words). I am not positive but I also think he was wanting the gm fired as well and kept saying the Texans would not spend any money on chaoces because they were cheap.

Depending on what week it is he will change his stance on whos fault it is for certain players. One min it is the coaches fault the next it is the GMs fault and then the very next one it is the owner's fault. Excuse me, the cheap ass owners fualt (I think that is how he phrases it). SH is probably the most knee jerk reaction person we have on this board.

Hart drafted in the 6th (not the 7th) because he has no speed what so ever.
Zuttah was pick 83 and we picked 79 and 89 so we would not have had Molden. Now if you think he would have fallen, probably not because 3 CB were taken right in front of where the Texans drafted. So unless your saying he was a reach (he was not) then that would be just flat out silly. My avatar talks about my reality, you need to have one that talks about this little dream world your living in where you know the future and how every single teams will draft better than guys who have been doing it for so long (successfully at that). I bet you would second guess Bill polian and call him a moron as well.

You are not smarter than any NFL gm or coach who watches how teams are drafting and when a run on a position happens the slotting of a particular player changes dramatically. With all the OL guys going early and often in the first Brown's value and slotting position changed. He went from a mid to late 2nd rounder to a late first. Remeber when we drafted Jacoby Jones last year and how the run of WR went at that time? With no WR going in the first it changed the complaexity of how all other positions were slotted and all moved up.

disaacks3
04-28-2008, 12:30 PM
The bottom line is, no matter what the Texans F.O. tells us, we'll never know whether Brown was "their guy" from the start or not.

My "personal take" on what happened and why I'm not 'upset' with the Draft.

- The Texans were feeling good through pick 10 or so, as it looked like some of the 'higher-ranked' tackles might fall to them.

- The R-U-N on tackles began and the Texans had an offer(s) to move up to #18 which would allow them to obtain additional picks for depth at need positions, while still getting quality with a late-round first.

- The cowgirls sniped us at #25 for Jenkins and our F.O. got awfully nervous about their "backup plan" being available, so they spent the pick on Brown, who might not have made it out of the 1st Round, and would NEVER have made it through the 2nd.

- The remainder of our picks were for needs and / or youth. (Today's starters & backup WILL eventually get hurt, retire, etc.)

- The QB pick gives us a little more flexibility down the road if they do trade Sage as QBs go down in TC / Pre-Season & what-not.


Like somebody mentioned earlier - Who do you want "grading" your pick? It's hard to argue w/ Belichick on grading LBs. Who (other than Gibbs) do you want evaluating your ZBS LT?

RotorTrash007
04-28-2008, 12:56 PM
They look like they have a plan so lets go with it and see what happens.

right on...I believe the same lets try having some faith in our coaches...and believe they know whats best for our team,you guys watch...Steve Slaton.... was a great pick. Mark my words.

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 01:49 PM
Seriously? Folks just take second homemoon as he is, this is the same person after week 5 was yelling and screaming for Kubiak to be fired and for the Texans to hire Bill Cowher who was already stating he was not going to coach next season (surprise he is a man of his words). I am not positive but I also think he was wanting the gm fired as well and kept saying the Texans would not spend any money on chaoces because they were cheap.

Depending on what week it is he will change his stance on whos fault it is for certain players. One min it is the coaches fault the next it is the GMs fault and then the very next one it is the owner's fault. Excuse me, the cheap ass owners fualt (I think that is how he phrases it). SH is probably the most knee jerk reaction person we have on this board.

Hart drafted in the 6th (not the 7th) because he has no speed what so ever.
Zuttah was pick 83 and we picked 79 and 89 so we would not have had Molden. Now if you think he would have fallen, probably not because 3 CB were taken right in front of where the Texans drafted. So unless your saying he was a reach (he was not) then that would be just flat out silly. My avatar talks about my reality, you need to have one that talks about this little dream world your living in where you know the future and how every single teams will draft better than guys who have been doing it for so long (successfully at that). I bet you would second guess Bill polian and call him a moron as well.

You are not smarter than any NFL gm or coach who watches how teams are drafting and when a run on a position happens the slotting of a particular player changes dramatically. With all the OL guys going early and often in the first Brown's value and slotting position changed. He went from a mid to late 2nd rounder to a late first. Remeber when we drafted Jacoby Jones last year and how the run of WR went at that time? With no WR going in the first it changed the complaexity of how all other positions were slotted and all moved up.

At that point in the season the team looked to have quit on Kubiak thus the calls for him to be fired. Oh and the fact that our coaching staff was pathetic last year and Cowher would have improved that. If you want to try and 'take me to task' for calling for Cowher to be the coach, fine. Cowher would still be an improvement but was probably wishful thinking. Thankfully, the Texans did make progress last year later in the season and they significantly improved their coaching staff which was in need of a total retooling. They have begun to fix the problem, although Richard Smith is still employed, and I will be patient, just like I was with Carr, just like I was with Capers, just like I was with everything. But I am not going to be afraid to call a turd a turd. ever.

people can make it personal all they want, I will just be the bigger man and stay above it. i think they panicked on the pick and it was a reach. feel free to subscribe to your own opinion on how it all went down. its your right just like it was your right to make excuses for Carr year after year. i was right then but hopefully I am wrong on this one....I just wont hold my breath.

this pick smells like a Babin, just without the huge sacrifice in picks. Brown seems like a coach's pick who was reached on because we were afraid we wouldn't get 'our guy' later in the draft. Sounds really freaking familiar, eh Babin? vinny says it may be a Brad Hopkins-type reach and that things might work out. Its quite possible. I like the guys size and athleticism but I just don't think he is 1st Round material especially when you needed a guy who can come in and contribute from Day One due to no 2nd Rounder. Just please pull your panties out of your crack and realize that some people do a better job at making objective observations about the Texans. Vinny isn't one of the sheeple and never has been, so I will have to take that as a positive take and hope he is right. Vinny at least is credible, knowledgeable and never been one of the mindless sheeple.

as for Brown not being available in the 3rd, there were other tackle prospects that would have been a better value with our first or second 3rd Round picks. Hills and Collins were both there with our 3rd Rounds and Nicks was available after the 5th Round started. I never like 'system' picks and never have. Get a system that works with your players and don't freak out over trying to find players to fit the system. It's a helluva lot easier to modify a system than it is to acquire/sign/draft new players. I thought had already been established as fact. I just hope Gibbs is half the coach everyone thinks he is. Being born in Missouri, maybe its the "Show Me" state in me. I just always thought the ZBS system was supposed to allow your team to not have to draft OL early in the draft. Obviously, that isn't the case due to the Texans actions Saturday. Great trade down but a low value draft at #26. Phillips or Merling would have been better picks and would have helped us next year....

as for the rest of the draft, I absolutely love it outside the safety we drafted. Adibi, Okam, and Molden were all really good picks and all were picked at draft spots of value. I really hope Adibi can be the edge OLB we have been looking for and I can't wait to see the OK Corral at DT with OKam and OKoye. Molden addresses our most dire need so hopefully he can contribute.

I just think its so funny when some of the posters get their panties in a wad over my opinion. freaking makes my day with all the whining about opinions. just be glad that the Texans didn't pass on Rivers, Mayo, or Harvey for Brown....I may have really lost it then.

Mailman
04-28-2008, 01:58 PM
i kinda agree with this from mailman on the draft thread



http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showpost.php?p=907717&postcount=367

Thanks. I edited that comment for clarity.

Specnatz
04-28-2008, 02:07 PM
people can make it personal all they want, I will just be the bigger man and stay above it. i think they panicked on the pick and it was a reach. feel free to subscribe to your own opinion on how it all went down. its your right just like it was your right to make excuses for Carr year after year. i was right then but hopefully I am wrong on this one....I just wont hold my breath.


So your saying you were not making personal attacks when you called the coaches and GM morons and how they ruined this team for the next ten years. The way you went on about it was way out of line and over the top. It is not as if you said I disagree with this pick and here is what I would have done ..... No you went on a rant that jets fans would have been proud of. I never want anyone to confuse us with how they react, ever!!

Being right about ykw is the only thing you have been right on and you have held onto that and that is the one instance you bring up. got any others? Opps nope, you calling a turd a turd is funny because sometimes you are calling an unblossumed flower a turd. You over react quicker than anyone here and you know it or at least you should and admit it.

So because I am agreeing with what Vinny said and said I liked the pick from the get go I am a sheep? That makes no damn since what so ever. No your just a wind bag that loves to have a ***** fest every couple weeks and if your not whinning or complaining about a player or a coach then your not happy. What a way to go through life, geez.

You have never liked systems? So teams should not use just a 3-4 and
or 4-3 and get personel to fit either 'system' or 'scheme'? That is what teams do, they all do it and it happens on both sides of the ball. KC runs a power system and a back like Joseph Addai would not fit that sytem, so go ahead and draft him and change the system to fit him but now you do not have the lineman that fits his type of running game.

You hope Gibbs is the coach everyone says he is? Hear is a novel idea, take a look at his TRACK RECORD! The only person with their pink panties in a wad is you and constant over reacting and hating something all the damn time.

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 02:14 PM
Being right about ykw is the only thing you have been right on and you have held onto that and that is the one instance you bring up. got any others? Opps nope, you calling a turd a turd is funny because sometimes you are calling an unblossumed flower a turd. You over react quicker than anyone here and you know it or at least you should and admit it.

So because I am agreeing with what Vinny said and said I liked the pick from the get go I am a sheep? That makes no damn since what so ever. No your just a wind bag that loves to have a ***** fest every couple weeks and if your not whinning or complaining about a player or a coach then your not happy. What a way to go through life, geez.

You have never liked systems? So teams should not use just a 3-4 and
or 4-3 and get personel to fit either 'system' or 'scheme'? That is what teams do, they all do it and it happens on both sides of the ball. KC runs a power system and a back like Joseph Addai would not fit that sytem, so go ahead and draft him and change the system to fit him but now you do not have the lineman that fits his type of running game.

You hope Gibbs is the coach everyone says he is? Hear is a novel idea, take a look at his TRACK RECORD! The only person with their pink panties in a wad is you and constant over reacting and hating something all the damn time.

I was right about Carr, Babin, TJ over DJ, Weaver, Carr's resigning, PBuc trade, and getting rid of Aaron Glenn after the PBuc trade. there are others like Richard Smith needing to be fired, but that jury is still out for some reason.

I was wrong about Moulds as I thought he would have helped our offense and am currently wrong over VY over Mario. I wanted us to cut ties with Carr (correct) and draft VY over Mario (tough to call due to so many circumstances but will give edge to Mario over VY currently obviously) I was always pro-VY over Mario until the Texans so wisely resigned Carr which then made the decision/opinion mute.

whatever spec. you don't like me. who cares? you have the credibility of a rock when it comes to objective opinions re:Texans.

ChampionTexan
04-28-2008, 02:27 PM
I was right about Carr, Babin, TJ over DJ, Weaver, Carr's resigning, PBuc trade, and getting rid of Aaron Glenn after the PBuc trade. there are others like Richard Smith needing to be fired, but that jury is still out for some reason.




Anything you've been correct about since the creation of Smithiak?

Texan_Bill
04-28-2008, 02:30 PM
Second Honeymoon is a St. Louis Cardinal's fan..........

.............'nuff said.

:stirpot:

:popcorn:

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 02:32 PM
Anything you've been correct about since the creation of Smithiak?

Sure. But I have shared the opinion of Smithiak on almost all moves except Richard Smith and Duane Brown at #26 thus nothing to be 'right' about.

I like RS and I loved the trade down...I just wasn't happy with the selection. BFD its my opinion.

Wolf
04-28-2008, 02:33 PM
Kubiak should have been fired based on the play of the team. Flatlining. And it was more of 'Lets hire Cowher' than 'Lets fire Kubiak'.

well I guess we could "coach by committe" first quarter Kubiak, 2nd quarter Cowher and so on :smiliedance:

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 02:36 PM
Second Honeymoon is a St. Louis Cardinal's fan..........

.............'nuff said.

:stirpot:

:popcorn:

dont go there, TB :)

but yes, I love my Redbirds. too bad ownership is still too busy admiring their recent World Series championship and too busy printing money to spend any $$$ to make the team competitive for a championship run. I guess having nearly $40 million on the DL will do that to ya.

HPF Bob
04-28-2008, 06:56 PM
But... they are smarter than you. This is what they do for a living.

"Myself, I would have prefered Dan Marino but obviously the Jets know something we don't." - Jet fan reacting on ESPN to the choice of Ken O'Brien during the 1983 draft.

dalemurphy
04-28-2008, 08:23 PM
I was right about Carr, Babin, TJ over DJ, Weaver, Carr's resigning, PBuc trade, and getting rid of Aaron Glenn after the PBuc trade. there are others like Richard Smith needing to be fired, but that jury is still out for some reason.

I was wrong about Moulds as I thought he would have helped our offense and am currently wrong over VY over Mario. I wanted us to cut ties with Carr (correct) and draft VY over Mario (tough to call due to so many circumstances but will give edge to Mario over VY currently obviously) I was always pro-VY over Mario until the Texans so wisely resigned Carr which then made the decision/opinion mute.

whatever spec. you don't like me. who cares? you have the credibility of a rock when it comes to objective opinions re:Texans.

Well, if you're a pessimist rooting for a bad team then you will be right quite a bit. Similarly, an optimist (or what you call "sheeple), are right some to- not because of a discerning eye but simply the law of averages. The criticism of you than some have, isn't that you are discerning and impartial, it's that you are simply cynical and bitter. The fact that sometimes that leads you to being correst is hardly something to be proud of. Nor is that fact that being a Longhorn homer will sometimes prove you to be right- though my opinion of DJ as a pro is not what yours is apparently.

steelbtexan
04-28-2008, 09:30 PM
The bottom line is, no matter what the Texans F.O. tells us, we'll never know whether Brown was "their guy" from the start or not.

My "personal take" on what happened and why I'm not 'upset' with the Draft.

- The Texans were feeling good through pick 10 or so, as it looked like some of the 'higher-ranked' tackles might fall to them.

- The R-U-N on tackles began and the Texans had an offer(s) to move up to #18 which would allow them to obtain additional picks for depth at need positions, while still getting quality with a late-round first.

- The cowgirls sniped us at #25 for Jenkins and our F.O. got awfully nervous about their "backup plan" being available, so they spent the pick on Brown, who might not have made it out of the 1st Round, and would NEVER have made it through the 2nd.

- The remainder of our picks were for needs and / or youth. (Today's starters & backup WILL eventually get hurt, retire, etc.)

- The QB pick gives us a little more flexibility down the road if they do trade Sage as QBs go down in TC / Pre-Season & what-not.


Like somebody mentioned earlier - Who do you want "grading" your pick? It's hard to argue w/ Belichick on grading LBs. Who (other than Gibbs) do you want evaluating your ZBS LT?

My sentiments exactly

steelbtexan
04-28-2008, 09:34 PM
Well, if you're a pessimist rooting for a bad team then you will be right quite a bit. Similarly, an optimist (or what you call "sheeple), are right some to- not because of a discerning eye but simply the law of averages. The criticism of you than some have, isn't that you are discerning and impartial, it's that you are simply cynical and bitter. The fact that sometimes that leads you to being correst is hardly something to be proud of. Nor is that fact that being a Longhorn homer will sometimes prove you to be right- though my opinion of DJ as a pro is not what yours is apparently.

Well said


TTP

Now that we've gotten our LT how long do you think it will take Gibbs to get him up to speed?

Maddict5
04-28-2008, 09:37 PM
It's a helluva lot easier to modify a system than it is to acquire/sign/draft new players.


are you serious?

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 09:48 PM
are you serious?

yes. it is easier to find a system to fit your players than to find players to fit your system....and cheaper. but whatever, the pick was made and I hope he does well. I am just sick of the Texans bucking conventional wisdom and making braindead moves in the 1st Round. This is the 4th braindead move in 7 drafts. Carr. Babin. TJ. Duane Brown. All poor selections in the first round.

Wolf
04-28-2008, 09:50 PM
yes. it is easier to find a system to fit your players than to find players to fit your system....and cheaper. but whatever, the pick was made and I hope he does well. I am just sick of the Texans bucking conventional wisdom and making braindead moves in the 1st Round. This is the 4th braindead move in 7 drafts. Carr. Babin. TJ. Duane Brown. All poor selections in the first round.

I totally agree

signed
New England Patriots

for the record, I find it that New England finds players that fit their system


You can get all the talent you want but if it isn't the right system for the players or you don't put the players in a system where they can succeed then all is lost ..see Washington Redskins

Maddict5
04-28-2008, 10:19 PM
yes. it is easier to find a system to fit your players than to find players to fit your system....and cheaper.

easier (very debatable imo) and cheaper.. but which results in better defence.

the pats, ravens, bucs etc find players for their system not the other way around.. just saying

Ole Miss Texan
04-28-2008, 10:23 PM
If you change the system to fit the players, you're going to be going through a lot of coaching changes. Different coaches have different philosophies, strengths, weaknesses, etc. If you keep changing the schemes then your going to have to get new coaches that know how to gameplan, call the plays, and teach the players.

I think it's BEST to get a system in place, even if it takes a few years, and consistently draft/pick players that fit a certain role. Doesn't mean it's the right way, just the way I think is best.

Tailgate
04-28-2008, 10:29 PM
yes. it is easier to find a system to fit your players than to find players to fit your system....and cheaper. but whatever, the pick was made and I hope he does well. I am just sick of the Texans bucking conventional wisdom and making braindead moves in the 1st Round. This is the 4th braindead move in 7 drafts. Carr. Babin. TJ. Duane Brown. All poor selections in the first round.

The only braindead moves that are relavant are ones that are tied to this current regime. Kubiak has now been around for 3 drafts. Anything before is irrelevant imo due to them being chosen in a Capers/Casserly blueprint. I am sure you probably considered the Mario braindead as well... and look at it now? Jury is still out on Okoye but no real worries from the organization or the fans as a whole on his future. The benefit of the doubt should be there from the past 2 first rounders and not to mention having the seal of approval from Alex Gibbs... who has engineered top 10 running games in 15 of his 16 years in coaching.

Fox
04-28-2008, 10:34 PM
For those looking for more footage of Brown, I found this clip at SI.com:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/specials/draft/2008/video/?c=Player&p=215786&s=3030970&i=213765

Most of it we've already seen, but some is new. Make sure you watch to the end, it's worth it....

NitroGSXR
04-28-2008, 10:36 PM
I was right about Carr, Babin, TJ over DJ, Weaver, Carr's resigning, PBuc trade, and getting rid of Aaron Glenn after the PBuc trade. there are others like Richard Smith needing to be fired, but that jury is still out for some reason.

Virtually half (not a literal number but mean to make a point) of the football world was right on that with the exception of the initial David Carr selection back in 2002 (and I personally wasn't very high on the selection either but I grew to love the pick. Especially after 19-10. I can't help that. I'm a Houston Texan fan and winning gets the best of me and gives me hope.). I think that a LOT of people screamed over everything that you're trying to take credit for. Don't be patting yourself on your back too hard here.

I'm kinda clamoring for Richard Smith to be gone myself but I do find myself to be very calm thinking about Duane Brown. When the Texans' pick came up and Mendenhall was still on the board, as our selection came to the podium... I went YEEEEEEEE.....uh.....AAAAAHHHHHHHHH. The uh came when Duane Brown's name came up instead of Mendenhall. I definitely hesitated but I really am genuinely excited about him. Will he flop? Maybe. I don't really care at this point. I just really don't have this flop-istic feeling surrounding him. I can find several things that I'm not feeling too keen on about him but this has somewhat of a ' in the eye of the hurricane' feeling for me. Everything's so quiet. I have nothing but hope. I just really think that the storm has truly passed rather than us actually being in the eye of a hurricane. We have made our selection. I'm very happy with Duane Brown at #26. I do not believe it to be a reach of any kind.

If Duane Brown was targeted at 26. Great! If not, who the bleep cares. He's a Houston Texan. We'll never know the truth which is why I don't bleeping care.

Come on. Let's enjoy our draft selections. Even the Brink one. I know you can do it! But don't be patting yourself on the back for the blunders that the Texans have made in the past. A lot of people saw them. A lot.

I'll start....

HOU-STON....

Your turn? Get in it!

TexanAddict
04-28-2008, 10:44 PM
Anybody catch the ESPN NFL draft wrap-up on SportsCenter earlier? I only saw a couple minutes of it myself. I saw Mel Kiper defending the Texans pick of Duane Brown to McShay. Kiper...defending...the Texans? Weird.

Second Honeymoon
04-28-2008, 10:54 PM
Anybody catch the ESPN NFL draft wrap-up on SportsCenter earlier? I only saw a couple minutes of it myself. I saw Mel Kiper defending the Texans pick of Duane Brown to McShay. Kiper...defending...the Texans? Weird.

yes Kiper and Mayock defended the pick although Mayock had him graded as a late 3rd/early 4th round selection. i can take solace in the fact that we arent the Titans...their draft sucked and they still failed to get some playmakers to go around VY. Just pathetic and it starts up top with Bud.

Lucky
04-28-2008, 11:27 PM
...i can take solace in the fact that we arent the Titans...their draft sucked and they still failed to get some playmakers to go around VY. Just pathetic and it starts up top with Bud.
I hate to be the one to defend the Titans, but Chris Johnson could become one of the more dynamic players in this draft. I don't look forward to seeing Johnson catching screen passes, running draws, and returning kickoffs for the Possums twice a year. Maybe even taking the pitch on the option in the red zone. He may never be a everydown back. I actually believe his long term position will be WR. But Johnson can score from anywhere on the field, and those guys are scary.

bah007
04-28-2008, 11:43 PM
Chris Johnson is going to be what Reggie Bush was supposed to be.

I don't mean the outrageous stats that ESPN was predicting. I mean they will be able to put him anywhere on the field & create matchup problems for the defense.

He is less agile than Bush, but he is faster & will bring it if you try to take him head on.

He is a homerun threat like Bush, but the difference is he will actually take it the distance, as opposed to dancing back & forth behind the LOS.

They are taking a lot of heat for that pick right now, but I agree with Lucky in that he will probably end up as a WR at some point.

Goldensilence
04-29-2008, 01:42 PM
Chris Johnson is going to be what Reggie Bush was supposed to be.

I don't mean the outrageous stats that ESPN was predicting. I mean they will be able to put him anywhere on the field & create matchup problems for the defense.

He is less agile than Bush, but he is faster & will bring it if you try to take him head on.

He is a homerun threat like Bush, but the difference is he will actually take it the distance, as opposed to dancing back & forth behind the LOS.

They are taking a lot of heat for that pick right now, but I agree with Lucky in that he will probably end up as a WR at some point.

Could very well be right. I think the staff up in Tenn might get the idea now that at least not anytime immediately soon will VY be an even good downfield passer in the NFL. In the meantime it might very well be a good idea to get a guy like Chris and get him the ball.

Far as Brown goes. I'm going to mention a few names.

Freeney and Mathis.

Vandenbosch and a reborn Kearse.

While these two aren't in the category as those two pairs Harvey and Groves won't be fun either especially with Spicer still there. Those are just the guys outside at DE for our division opponents.

The moment i understood the KC trade I knew there was VERY, VERY little chance Williams or Albert fell. Who would've been left at LT that fits the scheme, has all the tools to be a solid pro and has faced top notch competition?

SH don't mean to call you out but would you have felt more comfortable with someone like Nicks or Collins and the "value" they presented. We could've tagged Cason but...there's still a glaring hole at LT with an even tougher bunch of outside rushers we know Salaam can't handle. I don't think either of those two could compete the first year like Brown can.

I like the Molden pick. Guy has GREAT upside and has the ability to be a good #1 or #2 CB. I think we have to prepare for the idea that if i remember correctly Dunta is on a contract year. Horrible time for his injury to come for both sides. I think we have to prepare for the idea that Dunta might not be a Texan after next year unless both sides are willing to show good faith on numbers.

J-Russ
04-29-2008, 05:36 PM
http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/

Look at the poll on the bottom right hand corner.

I must say, I am very offended by it.

beerlover
04-29-2008, 08:22 PM
http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/

Look at the poll on the bottom right hand corner.

I must say, I am very offended by it.

I wouldn't worry about them they also have Rivers drafted twice in their final mock draft! :elle:

b0ng
04-29-2008, 08:23 PM
For those looking for more footage of Brown, I found this clip at SI.com:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/specials/draft/2008/video/?c=Player&p=215786&s=3030970&i=213765

Most of it we've already seen, but some is new. Make sure you watch to the end, it's worth it....

When he missed the block I was like "ooooh :( "

But then when I saw him lay out that D-lineman I was like "oooh! :texflag: "

Honoring Earl 34
04-29-2008, 08:28 PM
When he missed the block I was like "ooooh :( "

But then when I saw him lay out that D-lineman I was like "oooh! :texflag: "

He is said to be aggresive .