Originally Posted by badboy
Agree with your post but just for discussion, Zeitler #26 would give you a 10-12 year starter day one with a low 4-5 year contract. How could that not be wise?
Zeitler would be tremendous value at 26, and for the money too.
He becomes an instant camp challenger to the veterans on the right side of the line...but can be better used as depth as he sits behind the vets and soaks up the pro game in year 1.
Kubiak's "background" guys (Butler, Caldwell) are now being transitioned into starters. Kubiak needs to put more background guys, like Zeitler, into the depth spots once held by Butler and Caldwell.
It's re-loading, and it makes the most sense with where we came from, where we are, and where we're headed.
Wade Phillips shows what happens when the front seven is (a) the RIGHT type of players, and when (b) you put enough in the cupboard to compensate for injuries to your starters. Mario dropped, and BAM! it was Next Man Up. Never before has a Texans team been able to withstand THAT amount of injury problems and still end up winning as much as it did in 2011.
Kubiak knows this. Wade got the groceries in 2011, and now Kubiak has a list of his own that is two years in the making. I think people better be prepared for an offense-heavy draft this year.