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texansfan88
03-09-2005, 12:50 PM
Probably looking at Erasmus James (DE), Anttaj Hawthorne (DT), Jonathon Clinkscale (OG), and Dan Buenning (OG)

BuffSoldier
03-09-2005, 05:13 PM
I like Antajj, I dont think that James really fits our defense. Hawthorne would add quality depth until he became good enough to start.

STEEL BLUE TEXANS
03-09-2005, 05:15 PM
Hawthorne can play NT

texansfan88
03-09-2005, 05:16 PM
I like Antajj, I dont think that James really fits our defense. Hawthorne would add quality depth until he became good enough to start.
AH was online today but signed off b4 i could type anything to see if capers was checking him out...i'll shoot him an email and see if he responds

BuffSoldier
03-09-2005, 05:16 PM
Hawthorne can play NT

Yeah, but if we draft him do you think he will come in and get the starting position. I think it might take at least until mid season for him to learn the 3-4 well enough to take the starting spot from Payne. :hmmm:

jr0ck
03-09-2005, 07:15 PM
Yeah, but if we draft him do you think he will come in and get the starting position. I think it might take at least until mid season for him to learn the 3-4 well enough to take the starting spot from Payne

since we re-signed payne and he is expected to contribute for a few more years, i would think the drafting of hawthorne would be to groom him as a possible replacement for payne :thumbup

BornOrange
03-09-2005, 07:53 PM
I agree with jrock. If the Texans draft Hawthorne (or any other NT) Payne will still be the starter for the next year or two. It takes guys a while to adjust to playing NT in the NFL, even if they are drafted in the first round. Even though he wouldn't start, a rookie NT will get plenty of playing time rotating with Payne to keep both of them fresh.

Grid
03-09-2005, 08:15 PM
I think Hawthorne could possibly be a DE for us. and could replace Walker as the starter if he still hasnt fully recovered from his injuries.

jr0ck
03-09-2005, 08:24 PM
I think Hawthorne could possibly be a DE for us. and could replace Walker as the starter if he still hasnt fully recovered from his injuries.

agreed as well. i just looked up some stats and, at 6'3 - 305lbs, mr hawthorne would be more suited (sizewise) as an end in our 3-4. whoever we draft as a first day DL, i expect to give the front three regular breaks next season. it'll be their trial by fire and hopefully extend payne/walker's career's as productive texans! so much upside is making me dizzy... :shocked :woot :thumbup

nunusguy
03-09-2005, 08:31 PM
I think Hawthorne could possibly be a DE for us.
Gotta remember, there's really not that much difference between the profile
of a guy playing NT vs. DE in the 3-4 as compared to the > differences between DE & DT in the 4-3. In the 3-4, both positions are basically tackle types.

TexansTrueFan
03-10-2005, 12:14 AM
hmm well when payne goes down this year again, which i know he will than we'll have somebody to replace him :)

nunusguy
03-10-2005, 08:38 AM
Capers one of three NFL head coaches to attend Wisconsin's Pro Day according to this report out of Madison.
http://www.madison.com/wsj/arch_sports/index.php?ntid=31569

Lucky
03-10-2005, 09:58 AM
agreed as well. i just looked up some stats and, at 6'3 - 305lbs, mr hawthorne would be more suited (sizewise) as an end in our 3-4.
Hawthorne weighed in at 317 lbs at the Senior Bowl, 321 lbs at the combine. He's big enough to play anywhere along the 34 line.

Youngstown Colt
03-10-2005, 12:41 PM
Jonathan Welsh (wisconsin DE) ran a 4.5 at the combine. Could he be looking at another 3-4 LB?

beerlover
03-22-2005, 04:12 AM
Jonathan Welsh (wisconsin DE) ran a 4.5 at the combine. Could he be looking at another 3-4 LB?

Youngstown, you may be right! I've been doing some research on these fellows @ Wisconsin and Jonathan Welch jumped out at me like TORO the bull. Right now I'm going on record (Vinny keeps track of these damn things) its a toss up who do the Texans select in the 4th rd, Jonathan Welch or Jonathan Goddard? one things for sure his first name will be Jonathan :heh:

When (Erasmus) James was scratched from the lineup in '03 Jonathan Welsh filled in nicely at defensive end for the Badgers, recording eight sacks and 11 tackles for loss.

At 6-foot-3 and 244 pounds, Welsh projects as outside linebacker at the NFL level. He impressed at the combine with a 40-yard dash time of 4.58 seconds.

Welsh played right defensive end for Wisconsin's top-ranked scoring defense last fall.

Welsh and defensive tackle Jason Jefferson, another UW draft prospect, were All-Big Ten honorable mention picks.

Youngstown Colt
03-22-2005, 07:07 AM
It was well documented that Wisconsin had a very good D-line last year. But I've always wondered if Jason Jefferson was overshadowed by guys like Hawthorne. He has a NFL type body (6'5" 310)

If he doesn't go on the first day, someone will be getting a very good day 2 pickup.

outofhnd
03-23-2005, 12:20 AM
Hmm where is AH slated to be drafted this year?

D-ReK
03-23-2005, 12:21 AM
:hmmm: I think Welsh could be a good 4th round pick-up if Anthony Bryant is off the board...

D-ReK
03-23-2005, 12:22 AM
Hmm where is AH slated to be drafted this year?

Late 1st, early 2nd at the latest...He may be a trade up/down candidate...

outofhnd
03-23-2005, 02:49 AM
If Hawthorne impresses Capers big time, could we be trading down from and drafting mucho lineman in later rounds this year?

D-ReK
03-23-2005, 07:05 AM
It's a possibliity, but I think it's more likely we use our 13th pick, and then trade back up into the 1st like we did last year using our 2nd, one of our 3rds, a 4th, and maybe a 5th...I wouldn't be totally against this, because Hawthorne would be good depth and could take over for anyone on the line if they go down...

Mr Shush
03-23-2005, 11:49 AM
Surely any trade up would involve Sharper?

Vinny
03-23-2005, 11:55 AM
Sharper doesn't have much value with his one year, 6 million dollar + contract as draft leverage.

Mr Shush
03-23-2005, 12:09 PM
Well, I assume if we weren't looking to trade him he'd have been cut by now. I'm not saying anyone would take our 2nd plus Sharper for a first, but I think we'd be looking to factor him into a draft-day deal somewhere.

cadahnic
03-23-2005, 12:15 PM
Hey Vinny I have Sharper rated as a mid-third round value(200 pts.) What do you think?

Vinny
03-23-2005, 12:24 PM
Randy Moss and Terrell Owens both could not get much of a draft pick in return (in relation to their actual worth) so I'm not sure how much pick-value Sharper has with his declining play and his massive contract. I really don't have a good feel for his market value at this point in time but mid-third is probably a good guess.

Honoring Earl 34
03-23-2005, 12:28 PM
:hmmm: It would'nt surprise me if Sharper and the Texans kissed and made up . Sharper could have a big year and become a free agent and the Texans would get a good years work .

D-ReK
03-23-2005, 12:50 PM
Well, I assume if we weren't looking to trade him he'd have been cut by now. I'm not saying anyone would take our 2nd plus Sharper for a first, but I think we'd be looking to factor him into a draft-day deal somewhere.

I don't think so...The ball is completely in the Texans court in this situation...They can trade him if they like, or they could keep him for the year...Sharper would have to play hard all season because it's the final year of his contract...If he doesn't give 100% this season, it hurts his value on the open market...

There's no way we just cut Sharper and let him walk...We will either get something for him this offseason or he'll play for us next season...It's a win-win situation...

infantrycak
03-23-2005, 01:52 PM
Sharper doesn't have much value with his one year, 6 million dollar + contract as draft leverage.

All it takes to get around that is an expression of willingness on Sharper's part to sign an extended contract. The Texans are left with the remainder of the signing bonus. He moves on to a new team with his new contract, signing bonus and cap hit. Contrast to Gardner who doesn't have any suitors because he has said he will not sign a new contract. Frankly makes me wonder how much he really does want to leave if he isn't willing to sign a new deal--if that is the case.

infantrycak
03-23-2005, 01:55 PM
Randy Moss and Terrell Owens both could not get much of a draft pick in return (in relation to their actual worth) ...

Owens OK, but the Vikings got a top 10 1st round pick for Moss plus a former 1st round draft pick in Harris, albeit possibly underachieving--that was pretty good value.

Mr Shush
03-24-2005, 08:02 AM
Thinking about it, Arizona would probably be the team most likely to be interested in a trade, given their cap space, lack of experience and need at the position.