View Full Version : Best Possible will probably be the choice

04-17-2005, 12:25 PM
The Texans have so many needs, it will probably be the best available at the time our number pops up. I would think we would be more likely to trade down than up, because we need more bodies. If you read ESPN's evaluation on us, its like whos on 1st by Lou and Abbot. Casserly may know what he wants to do, but I don't think anyone else does. Most teams you can pin point one or two positions where they need help, but that's not our description. I certainly hope we pick up a couple of quality O-linemen somewhere in the draft as I believe that's really our biggest need. Our offense has to be on the field for a longer period of time to give our defense a chance to rest and be productive. We also need to put more pressure on the other teams defense to give them more opportunities to make a mistake. There's nothing better than a lead to help your defense. When you're behind you have to be more cautious and play contain. When your ahead you can gamble a little bit - or if you got a big cushion - you can just tee off. I do not believe defensive picks should be at the top of our list, but I'm probably in the minority.

04-17-2005, 12:36 PM
I get the feeling that some people would rather we spend all our our picks on O-lineman idonno:

04-18-2005, 05:37 AM
This is an interesting article from The Chronic (http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/3139827)...Is this the most important draft in the Texans' brief history?

What's needed? A lot
Put it this way: Two years ago this month, the Texans faced draft week in desperate need of offensive line help, particularly at left tackle.

They also needed a receiver and secondary help, weren't quite sure if they had the playoff-caliber running back they wanted, and had no idea what was going to develop at linebacker.

Today, the Texans face draft week needing help in the offensive line, particularly at the left tackle spot. They also could use a receiver to complement Andre Johnson. They're thinking they might need help at defensive back behind Dunta Robinson and 34-year-old Aaron Glenn.

They like Domanick Davis but aren't sure if he's the kind of running back who can carry a team to the playoffs.

And most startling, they'll enter 2005 having released two of their three leading tacklers from a year ago, linebackers Jamie Sharper and Jay Foreman.

Does that sound like a playoff team to you? Me neither.

Let's not go so far as to say the Texans are starting all over again. This club has taken some legitimate steps toward the postseason.

But don't take another sip of the Kool-Aid just yet.

Feel free to believe this club has hit its first plateau, where the arrow on the flow chart isn't steadily climbing but has evened off. Certainly, the Texans' prospects could use a jolt.

Given that the Texans did not make a splash with a big name on the free-agent market and the only real impact player they even tried to woo was offensive tackle Orlando Pace, they could use a high-profile draftee.

They also could use an overall draft that is more than what general manager Charley Casserly has said it will be.

Casserly knows his stuff, for sure, and has hit his share of gems. Robinson, who will be the lock-down corner of coach Dom Capers' dreams for years, was a beautiful pickup.

But this spring Casserly has continually said he does not expect to gain a starter with the 13th pick in Saturday's draft. Neither does he expect a starter, even in a complementary role, with the second-round pick.

The prevailing opinion is that the best the Texans can hope for is a young player with potential to develop.

To that I would say: Why?

The Texans practice in a bubble. They shouldn't live in one. There should be higher expectations.

There certainly are starting positions up for grabs on this club. There certainly are holes to fill. There's a need for impact playmakers, and what the team has now is something less than the finished product that's ready to take the field.

This is not the strongest draft class in history, of course. There are many uncertainties and unknowns among the top available college players.

Maybe that's why the Texans are aiming low, trying to soften the blow just in case their 2005 picks are busts.

Don't buy it. This could be the most important draft of the Texans' brief history.

After all, there's only one way this team will even sniff at a playoff run in 2005, which has been the hope from the start.

The decisions this club makes cannot just seem golden because we're all wearing Steel Blue sunglasses. They actually have to be golden.

John Lopez seems to share many of your views, Rabi, but I'm not sure I'd take a writer that thinks 1 + 1 = 3 seriously :heh:...

Oh and there's more to the article, I just posted the draft portion...In the other portion, he basically says we've done nothing this offseason, so there's no way we can finish better than we did last season...Interesting to see so much negativity from The Chronic, but hey bad attention is better than neglect...

04-18-2005, 06:23 AM
Playoff caliber running back? How about a playoff caliber team? That is what is needed to reach the playoffs. No one man can carry the entire load. That includes Carr, AJ, and Glenn who appear to be the leaders on the team right now. Antwoine Smith was the NE's RB two years ago in the SB. Was he a playoff RB? This writer does not see the whole picture.

04-18-2005, 09:17 AM
I agree with Lopez, and made a similar argument recently in this forum. We have lost two productive LB's, and added a speedy ILB to replace Sharper. That's it folks. They have added nothing else in FA that will help this team. Personally, if Benson is there, he is my pick. And, I am begginning to think he may just drop, although it's still probably a bit of a longshot. If we want someone that will have the greatest impact THIS season, Benson is by far the best choice. An argument could be made that others would have a longer and bigger impact over time, but let's face it - For the first time, this coaching staff and FO are under some pressure to start winning, and nobody would do more to make us a winner in 2005 that Benson. All this sky is falling on the oiline is weak. This is a terrible draft on the oline. Reaching for need is not the best way to build for the long term.

04-18-2005, 09:49 AM
All this sky is falling on the oiline is weak. This is a terrible draft on the oline. Reaching for need is not the best way to build for the long term.

I know you're going to drop dead from the shock, Porky, but I absolutely agree
with you. I cannot understand this Alex Barron lovefest at all.

04-18-2005, 09:57 AM
I know you're going to drop dead from the shock, Porky, but I absolutely agree
with you. I cannot understand this Alex Barron lovefest at all.

It's largely due to people thinking, "Carr needs an O-Line in front of him" and then thinking, ":hmmm: Reaching for a LT will help them out a lot, especially one who won't play his rookie season since he's not strong enough or good enough of a run blocker to play OG his rookie season and he will likely not beat out Wand for the starting LT spot since replacing one rook with another is a bad idea"... :whistle:

04-18-2005, 12:57 PM
... All this sky is falling on the oiline is weak. This is a terrible draft on the oline. Reaching for need is not the best way to build for the long term.

Ok, I agree that the massive negativity ref. the O-Line is a bit overboard. I happen to think they will be improved this year which should bring them up to average.

As for it being a terrible draft for linemen...well I disagree with that. It is a down year for tackles maybe, but there are quite a few high quality interior linemen available this year. If you're one of the teams that snap up guys like Dan Buenning, Dave Baas, or Ben Wilkerson I suspect you will come out doing pretty good.

04-18-2005, 01:12 PM
. Reaching for need is not the best way to build for the long term.

Unless of course you want to be the next Cleveland Browns.

04-19-2005, 05:05 AM
I agree I would definitely like to see at least two lineman taken. Remember football is won in the trenches. A playoff RB can't do anything if nobody can block for him and last i checked none of these guys are Barry Sanders.

I'd honestly like to see a trade down for Brown OL or Travis Johnson DL. Then pick up Mathis WR and Baas OL in the 2nd.