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Thought I would start a thread with all the quotes I could find from our decision makers about the previous drafts. This should help us draft nicks get a better handle on how we approach the draft therefore enabling us to put together more realistic mocks.

I don’t have links but I pulled all these quotes from this board and they all had links in the original threads if you really want to look them up.

Please feel free to add any quotes you feel are relevant.

QUOTES ABOUT THE DRAFT FROM OUR LEADERS

Rick Smith
“You have to look at value,” he said. “If it’s our turn to pick and we have an offensive player rated a lot higher than a defensive player, why should we pass up the higher-rated prospect?

“The idea is to improve the team any way we can. We’ve filled some holes in free agency, but we have a lot more work to get done in the draft. We want to take the best players we can get.”


Kubiak
As far as where we might get that back, well, you dont know that until you evaluate the draft and set your board and see how many good ones you have rated to go in what round Kubiak said. if there are eight backs you really like, then you know youll probably have to go in the first three rounds to get one. If there are 15, then you might be able to wait until the fourth or fifth rounds.

Texans owner Bob McNair:
there are a lot of linebackers available. We ought to be able to get another good linebacker. We would like to strengthen our defensive secondary some more, too. Mainly, the defense is what well be looking for, but at the same time we need to have a big, strong running back to complement Steve Slaton

We would love to see some of the highly rated players fall down to us. You never know will can happen. One of the good things about it, though, there is more depth in the linebacking corps this year than there has been in other year, and we need some more help there. There is a very good possibility that there will be an impact player available. I think also there are some good defensive backs out there, too. We'll be looking at that. I think we will be able to get that impact player; I hope we will in that first pick.

We were able to trade down and we picked up another pick. If we can do that, we certainly would. There is a possibility with the depth at some of the positions that we might be able to do that and still get the player that we want.



Kubiak
“Obviously, that’s important,” Kubiak said. “We went the Cedric Benson route in free agency, and it didn’t work out. It’s a little nerve-racking, but you can’t force something.

“At least we know we have a good young one in Slaton. Hopefully, something good will happen there.”

“If we can add another one, either somebody whose style is close to Steve’s or someone a little different, that would make us better,” Kubiak said. “The perfect complement is a bigger, more physical guy who’s good in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

“We’d love to draft a back who turns out to be as good as Steve. And we’re not looking for a guy who’s just a backup player. It takes two backs to get through a season.

“In a perfect game, maybe you could say (Slaton) gets 22 touches and the other gets 10 or 12. When you go after him, you have to pick somebody you think is capable of starting a few games.

“For Steve to hold up for 15 games was amazing. Hopefully, that’ll continue, but you have to be prepared just in case.”

“As far as where we might get that back, well, you don’t know that until you evaluate the draft and set your board and see how many good ones you have rated to go in what round,” Kubiak said. “If there are eight backs you really like, then you know you’ll probably have to go in the first three rounds to get one.

“If there are 15, then you might be able to wait until the fourth or fifth rounds.”
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