View Full Version : Houston Texans 2009 NFL Draft Theme: Versatility
04-26-2009, 02:11 PM
Cushing: Can play all LBer positions
The only guy who appears to fill a particular role (blocking TE and redzone target) is Hill. Everyone else can do a variety of things. Barwin and Casey are the two most versatile players in the draft imo. We've still got 2 picks to go but I think we just caught the Colts/Tacks after this weekend's additions.
04-26-2009, 06:29 PM
Funny, it seems like the ESPN people have been talking a ton about the Patriots. One thing they keep repeating is how much the Patriots value versatility and smarts.
Texans got a number of very smart players, who are versatile, team players, and who also have leadership skills.
With limited rosters and a sport designed to injure, versatility is handy.
The flipside of versatility is the "jack of all trades, master of none" syndrome. Sometimes specialists are important because all it takes is one screw up to mess up a whole game. Signed, various team's issue with longsnappers and returners.
Houston -- The Houston Texans addressed their biggest needs in this year's draft, picking up linebacker Brian Cushing in the first round and beefing up their secondary with three picks on Sunday.
Houston started the day by drafting Antoine Caldwell, an offensive lineman from Alabama, in the third round with the 77th pick. The versatile four-year starter saw time at all but one position on the line in his college career.
"I think I'll be really comfortable playing center or guard," Caldwell said. "I think the key to that is knowing all of the positions. At Alabama I knew what everybody had to do ... (having) a good knowledge of the game allows you to play fast and play any position."
He spent the most time at center, getting 34 of his 48 career starts at the position. Caldwell was part of a line that allowed just one sack in 806 pass plays during his final 23 games. The Texans expect to use the 6-foot-3, 309-pound player as their swing lineman on game day because of his versatility.
Alabama used some zone blocking last season, which should help Caldwell adjust to Houston's zone blocking schemes. "We think he can make the transition because he is a quick, agile guy and he can play all three of those spots," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "He does have some snap and some power that makes him very versatile."
He is Houston's third pick in this year's draft after the team took Cushing with the 15th pick and Cincinnati defensive end Connor Barwin in the second round. The Texans had an extra pick in the fourth round thanks to the trade that sent backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota. Houston got some help in the secondary with the 112th pick, drafting physical New Mexico cornerback Glover Quin. Quin said he could also play safety if the Texans wanted to use him that way.
"I'm a defensive back and one thing I pride myself on is being versatile," Quin said. "So I want to come in and work as a corner and if I need to move to free safety ... (I'll) do whatever I have to do to help the team."
04-26-2009, 08:34 PM
WOW - the best player in this draft might be Connor Barwin - watch his youtube highlight real its disturbing.. he could get 10 sacks his rookie season
04-27-2009, 10:56 AM
The only guy who appears to fill a particular role (blocking TE and redzone target) is Hill. Everyone else can do a variety of things.
That blocking TE is versatile as well. He has the size to double as a tackle on short yardage situations.
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