Originally Posted by Hervoyel
Yes your RB is going to take a beating and likely be completely useless in 5-6 years. That's why he's the last piece of the puzzle you pick up. I look at the Texans and wonder how many more years Andre Johnson will play in the league. He's played 7 years already and this wonderful ride he's on could end in one play. Matt Schaub is putting up "should have gone to the Pro Bowl" numbers now. The offensive line could use a little help but they are capable of protecting him and a running game would go a long, long way toward keeping the pass rush from eating him alive.
It's time to draft a running back. Taking one in the first round this year would be (IMO) actually a little late. We could have picked up Benson in 2008 and not had to go through using a draft pick. We didn't and we won't likely get another shot at a franchise running back with so few miles on him again. We'll end up having to draft somebody and while I generally agree with the points you made to reach your conclusion I don't agree with never taking a RB early. There's a time to make that move and for the Texans it's very much now.
Originally Posted by Vinny
just a couple of comments....you don't draft a player based on what you think you will get out of him 8 years from now. You get a guy who can play up to his draft position since the money is obscene early in the draft. Most Coaches won't even be with the same teams 8 years from now.
If you have a force holding the ball, everybody is a better player. A dynamic feature back and elite QB's make the difference when two squads are otherwise evenly matched.
These two are where I'm at. It's obvious that the Texans aren't nearly as effective at the RB-by-committee that the old Denver teams were
. I'm still in the NEED vs. BPA mode for this particular draft. The Texans aren't trying to simply be competitive anymore, they're trying to "get over the hump". It takes a playmaker to do that
- Complaining about an RB being less useful 5-6 years down the road is stating the obvious (in most cases), but if it gets you to the playoffs NOW, then it's the right move.