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Old 05-22-2008   #61
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Okam is a steal in the 5th round as far as his talent and upside goes. This guy, given time and coaching, will develop into a winner.

We now have the future of the D-line in place, we just need to find a bookend for Mario and we are set.
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We now have the future of the D-line in place, we just need to find a bookend for Mario and we are set.
I'm thinking/hoping that this could be the year that the light goes on for Earl Cochran. Has anyone heard or read anything about him lately? I would think he has to realize how big of an opportunity he has this year and come to camp in the best shape of his life. I will be disappointed if he doesn’t.
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I couldn't remember who the Texans LB coach was prior to Holland without looking him up (Tom Olivadotti). I'm thinking those drafts would have been equally inept had these lower assistants had input. Other than the assistants the Texans kept (Marciano, Harris, Hoke), I don't know of any others still in the league (wait, Kippy Brown is with the Lions).

Here's a post-draft review of the Texans effort from Scout.com's Tom Marino. Not that I agree with Marino on much of anything he said. He thinks Duane Brown was a major reach. He thinks Molden was drafted in the 2nd round. But, Marino was a scout for 35 years. And his take on the Texans coaches' involvement in the draft is interesting.

As a former scout, Marino is complaining about coaches mucking up the draft process. Scouts watch players all season, then the coaches see them in all star games and workouts and disregard the scouts' opinions. I can see both sides. The coaches should be able to do some grocery shopping, but the scouts have followed the players more closely. Some balance between the two sides is likely needed. Who knows for sure how that plays out for the Texans? Perception is that Brown was an Alex Gibbs pick. Did Gibbs fall in love with Browns measurables, or does he know a winner when he sees one?
Sorry, but the guy lost me at....."Adibi doesn't make plays and lacks playing instincts". I mean, what game film was this guy watching.....all Adibi did was make plays throughout his college career, I think it's pretty safe to say Marino didn't watch much (if any) game tape of most of the players we drafted.
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Sorry, but the guy lost me at....."Adibi doesn't make plays and lacks playing instincts". I mean, what game film was this guy watching.....all Adibi did was make plays throughout his college career, I think it's pretty safe to say Marino didn't watch much (if any) game tape of most of the players we drafted.
Yeah, I was taken aback by what he said.
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I can see where you are going with that but the difference is once Colt Brennan played against top college talent he looked like garbage paste and Okam played against top talent for the majority of the season. That being said, Okam didnt ever seem to dominate a game like Glenn Dorsey did so I dont think that there is much of a comparison between the two.

I will say this I think the Texans will put him in a position to succeed with the other talent that we already have on the line. And the line minus Okam wasnt the strength of the Texas defense.
That pretty much sums it up.
I thought that without Okam, the Texas D doesn't look good at all.
As opposed to the Tigers who had good players all through the defensive line up. If the LBs and the secondary do their job well, it gives the defensive line that extra 1/2-1 second to create havoc. Something that the Texas D-line did not have the luxury of.
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I'm thinking/hoping that this could be the year that the light goes on for Earl Cochran. Has anyone heard or read anything about him lately? I would think he has to realize how big of an opportunity he has this year and come to camp in the best shape of his life. I will be disappointed if he doesn’t.
Cochran played fairly well, IMO.
I believed he started getting more playing time when the Texans decided to cut Orr and Weaver was slowed a bit by injury.
I hope Cochran continues to improve.
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