Mock 1st round Grade Yourself
Not counting the Expansion draft, the Texans entered each draft from 2002-2009 with 8 picks.
Be honest and let us know who you wanted in the draft that year and how it is turning out. Grade yourself.
2002:wanted: Julius Peppers. I really wanted to start off with a stud DE rather than a QB. I believed then that a strong D could cover up for a weaker O and so my pick my Peppers. Grade: A
2003: wanted: AJ. I also liked Suggs but i thought AJ was the better overall player. Although I think almost everyone wanted AJ in this pick. Grade: A+
2004: wanted:Vince Wilfork. The key to a 3-4 is the NT and we did not have one at the time. I thought he could be a force at NT and guess what, he was! Grade: A
2005: wanted: Derrick Johnson. I thought he would be the perfect fit for our D. We needed athletic LBs and I thought he was the right one. In retrospect, he has not graded out as highly as I thought, though he would have been better than TJ. DJ is an average LB, so I deserve an Average grade. Grade: C+
2006: wanted: Mario or Brick. Back to basics. I wanted Peppers in 02. Now I wanted the Peppers version 2.0 in Mario. If not Mario, I wanted Brick. We needed a good OT and I thought he was it. Mario has been a great player and a pro bowler. Still, too early to tell. Grade: B+/A- for now. Brick on the other hand is in the B- range.
2007: wanted: Amobi, Patrick Willis, or Revis. I was torn between the three. I liked the possibility that Amobi may bring next to Mario. I liked what Meco did and saw Willis as a second Meco. I liked Revis as a potential shut down corner. In the end, my pick was Amobi. too early to grade but so far: Grade: C- for now
2008: wanted: Clady or DRC. Wanted Clady but knew he would be long gone. Wanted DRC but he was taken one spot ahead of us. Third choice was Sam Baker. Both Baker and Brown have been pretty similar. Too early to grade, but so far: B for now
2009: wanted:Orakpo, Matthews, or Cushing. Quite frankly we would have been fine with any of the three. I figured Orakpo would have been gone, so my pick was Matthews. Way to early to grade but this season I give Matthews an A-. Cushing would have gotten an A+.
Ok, so go ahead and put yourself out there like me. Tell us about your successes and failures in the first round!
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-awtysst on 4/28/2011