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Old 05-08-2013   #21
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When you're grading, do you have only 32 players ranked in each round? Or are your rankings based on the talent in the class? Would Quess have graded lower if there were players you thought were better, or is "a very good chance to be a starter" the deciding factor?
there is usually a pretty tight grouping of elite talent then it drops off quickly leveling out again, a great class might have only 9 or 10 next 20 or so could still have first round grades but become more & more need driven. Strength of 2013 draft was 2nd level developmental players rounds 2-4. Texans actually nailed a starter as a rookie in Hopkins, unlike Mercilus who has a ton of potential but a year or two away. DeAndre should have immediate impact.

Swearinger is a perfect example of a late 2n early 3rd round graded player who moved up Texans board because of Ed Reed health condition (Texans kept secret) plus understanding depth behind them needed serious upgrading, more so than drafting ILB, which grade wise they had a chance to grab a much higher graded player in Arthur Brown. Swearinger is way down the board than one pick from Brown, but Texans had a serious need to fill & while they paid dearly for it mission accomplished.

I've given this whole grading system some serious thought, every team is different but in Texans case they are very much coach driven, not such a bad thing. Better than Jerry Jones right? The Texans coaches mold the scouts to find their style of player @ every position of need. These don't seem to correlate necessarily to general perceptions, but they've hit home-runs plenty, JJ Watt, Duane Brown, Arian Foster, Brain Cushing to name just a few. All have one thing in common: they compete & have strong core strength. Hopkins seems to fall right into that category. Very hopeful to see good things out of Swearinger, Brennan, Trevardo as rooks anything from rest would just be icing on the cake
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Another pathway for comparison is to look within division. Did Texans draft support above average results measured against Colts, Titans & Jags? Jags goes without question. Titans went conservative, ground & pound, don't think that's going to work either. That leaves Colts -
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-- The Colts' 2013 draft class:

1st Round -- No. 24 overall - OLB Bjoern Werner, Florida State

3rd Round -- No. 86 overall -- OG Hugh Thornton, Illinois

4th Round -- No. 121 overall -- OC Khaled Holmes, Southern California

5th Round -- No. 139 overall -- DL Montori Hughes, Tennessee-Martin

6th Round -- No. 192 overall -- S John Boyett, Oregon

7th Round -- No. 230 overall -- RB Kerwynn Williams, Utah State

7th Round -- No. 254 overall -- TE Justice Cunningham, South Carolina
Certainly OL interior heavy which suggests the Watt factor & anytime you can get inside another teams war room the smell of victory is sure to follow. While I really like picks no way their impact supersedes that of Hopkins, Swearinger not to mention OL & DL additions. Thus setting a clear path for Texans to exercise an easier run into the playoffs. Luck aside its time of the Texan
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