Originally Posted by BornOrange
Most advocates of the 3-4 defense seem to feel that high draft picks are wasted on D-linemen. Most D-linemen taken early in the draft are picked because of their ability to rush the QB and rely more on speed, and guys more suited for the 3-4 are usually available in later rounds. Also, 3-4 advocates seem to prefer veterans to rookies because of the strength requirements of the position.
The higher picks on a 3-4 defense tend to be corners (especially first round picks) and then linebackers. Safeties and D-linemen are picked later in the draft.
Born is correct otherwise Wilfork would have been in Houston instead of Robinson. One who follows trends might suggest this becomes the norm & more teams switch to the 3-4 then your first pick in the 2nd/3rd round would be D-linemen. Just look at the past couple of drafts and notice the norm used to be taking these guys earlier in the first, now those teams are paying for their mistakes & trying to trade or draft for conerbacks/linebackers. This being stated I would like to see the Texans add a quality DT to the team via a trade, surely we have an excess of talent in certain positions that would be attractive to some team who has not. I think Bradford would be a possibilty, Ragone if the starter is another lefty and of course the Texans are under the salary cap so they could add another salary for draft pick considerations.