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Old 01-25-2006   #1
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I have thought of the pros and cons of drafting both Ferguson and Bush and I have come to the conclusion that not only will Feguson be the better pick because we are filling a NEED, but because it makes more since.

Bush Pros:
  • The most electrifying college player I have ever seen.
  • Gamebreaker has the ability to take it the distance anytime.
  • He will boost ticket sales in Houston and bring in revenue.
  • He will be able to line up in multiple positions on the field
  • He will force defenses to commit to stopping him.

Bush Cons
  • He will not fill a need at the RB position being as we already have a very good RB.
  • He will have to split carries.
  • He will not be a factor in the return game because we already have an all pro return man.
  • After drafting Bush we will have be very selective about who we pick from then on, because we used our first pick on a player we didnt really need.
  • As seen on the Rose Bowl, when up against NFL type speed. It makes it hard for him to find room on the outside.

Ferguson Pros
  • Ferguson may be the most athletic tackle to come out since Orlando Pace.
  • He fills and immediate need.
  • He fits the zone blocking scheme perfectly being as he is quick and very mobile.
  • Will give Carr the security he has never had.
  • He will allow us to shift Pitts back to guard, and with one FA aquisituion, almost solidify the OL for good.
  • Trading down will give us more picks. We will fill more holes
  • He allows us to focus on defense later in the draft instead using our only second rounder on an offensive lineman.
  • Only 22 will grow into a monster.
  • Ferguson, and extra 2nd or 3rd rounder and an extra first rounder next year, in the long run has a higher pay- off than Bush

Ferguson Cons
  • Ferguson may not be head adn shoulders over other OT prospects.
  • Some of the fans will be upset.
  • We lose out on Bush and VY
  • He may be a bit undersized

I have put together an anology for our predicament.

If you were the poorest man on earth, and all of a sudden you found a 12 K diamond, just out of the blue. Would you do the flashy thing and have the diamond cut and put into a bracelet, watch, chain, grill . Or would you do the smart thing and sell it so that you could get a house, car, food, and clothes.

I admit that was kinda stupid but that was the best I could think up for an anology.
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on the ferguson thing... alot of people dont consider him to be head and shoulders above some of the other top OT prospects like Justice and Winston. For that reason.. they feel it would be better to wait and grab one at the #33 pick.

Additionally.. some feel OT isnt our biggest oline need. we need interior offensive linemen.

Also.. Pitts is a better tackle than guard. If we moved him from LT, it should be to RT.
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Bush will be a factor in the punt return game. He won't return kicks because we have Mathis, but he probably will return punts because we don't really have anyone to do it and he is a great returner.

There are still questions about whether Ferguson will be effective in the run game. I watched a few UVA games this year and it seemed like they never really ran to his side. No one questions his pass protection abilities, but there are some questions about his run blocking.
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on the ferguson thing... alot of people dont consider him to be head and shoulders above some of the other top OT prospects like Justice and Winston. For that reason.. they feel it would be better to wait and grab one at the #33 pick.

Additionally.. some feel OT isnt our biggest oline need. we need interior offensive linemen.

Also.. Pitts is a better tackle than guard. If we moved him from LT, it should be to RT.
Good point and I have added another con to Ferguson because of it, but I have also added another pro for him.

And about Pitts. You also mad a great point. But I still think moving Pitts to RT would be great. Pitts isnt as strong as Wade, but he is quicker and a better pass blocker. Moving Pitts to RT and movng Wade to OG would allow us to have two athletic OTs that pass protect extremely well, and are still very good run blockers. Moving Wade inside I think would work to his strengths being as he is not excelent against speed rushers, he would go up against slower DTs and he is a beast in the run game and he would really be able to show off his strength.
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on the ferguson thing... alot of people dont consider him to be head and shoulders above some of the other top OT prospects like Justice and Winston. For that reason.. they feel it would be better to wait and grab one at the #33 pick.

Additionally.. some feel OT isnt our biggest oline need. we need interior offensive linemen.

Also.. Pitts is a better tackle than guard. If we moved him from LT, it should be to RT.

Justice is possibly the most physically gifted player but....he has had some off field issues. I wouldn't consider him in the 1st round were I a GM. He has maturity issues.

Winston would be a great pick in the late 1st round, imho. There is another OT i was reading about who is a monster at 6'8"....i can't remember his name atm, but he wouldn't fit the typical zone blocking system. Ferguson in the top 10 might not be a glamorous choice but, it would be a sound conservative smart move. I can live with smart, sound and conservative moves.
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Bush will be a factor in the punt return game. He won't return kicks because we have Mathis, but he probably will return punts because we don't really have anyone to do it and he is a great returner.

There are still questions about whether Ferguson will be effective in the run game. I watched a few UVA games this year and it seemed like they never really ran to his side. No one questions his pass protection abilities, but there are some questions about his run blocking.
I think with another off-season and training camp under his belt Mathis may become just as good at punt returning. I think the problem with him this year is that he had never done it before. He didnt return punts in college, but him getting experience and reps doing it can only make him better.


From Senior Bowl practice reports, Ferguson has been showing a mean streak and also dominating his competition when he is run blocking.I have read that from more than one source. He is up to 297 and he is probably stronger as well. Oh and in the zone blocking scheme the Texans run, sometimes quickness is more important than strength.
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For me, judging Offensive linemen is really tough. It's just as difficult to be able to say since this guy did it in college, he'll be able to do it in the Pros. I mean these guys are going to be going one on one with guys who are better than the best guy they faced in college all day long. Faster, Stronger, Quicker, Smarter.... and you can't take a play off, like a WR, or a RB can. I really think this is the toughest position to fill. And next to QB, the most important on offense. The safe thing to do IMHO, is go heavy... pick the biggest most athletic guy you can find. Then pick the second biggest most athletic guy. You know don't put all your eggs in one basket, when you need as much help as we do.
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I think with another off-season and training camp under his belt Mathis may become just as good at punt returning. I think the problem with him this year is that he had never done it before. He didnt return punts in college, but him getting experience and reps doing it can only make him better.
I have doubts about Mathis in the punt return game because it seems like his major strength in kick returns is his unbelievable speed. This is much more important in kick returns because you in effect get a 20 yard head start to build up your speed. Punt returns is more about making people miss and then explosions of speed. When I saw Mathis returning punts I either saw him fumble the ball or run backwards to build up speed and try to fly around the corner.
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Additionally.. some feel OT isnt our biggest oline need. we need interior offensive linemen.

Also.. Pitts is a better tackle than guard. If we moved him from LT, it should be to RT.
well its a pretty big need imo and with the trade down we can get quality interior linemen in the 2nd and 3rd rounds so we're all happy? and with no.33 we can get a mlb,te,de,safety etc. its the right 'football' thing to do

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Ferguson just gave over 10 seconds of protection in one on one drills against Kiwanuka at senior bowl practice. I don't think he has been beaten by Kiwanuka yet. He also did very well against Tapp. Just imagine...10 seconds for Carr to throw... Carr would probably faint from the shock.
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ESPN was definitely hyping Brick today. Poor Kiwi he looked pretty bad and nine of his 9 1/2 sacks were in three games. One of those games against Ball St. and he plaed in the Big East. He made Colledge look like a franchise LT so it's hard to get too excited just yet considering the circumstances. It would be nice to have Ferguson though. I guess it's a little bit of a relief knowing Colledge will probably be at #33 cause they will probably take Bush. :brickwall
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I have doubts about Mathis in the punt return game because it seems like his major strength in kick returns is his unbelievable speed. This is much more important in kick returns because you in effect get a 20 yard head start to build up your speed. Punt returns is more about making people miss and then explosions of speed. When I saw Mathis returning punts I either saw him fumble the ball or run backwards to build up speed and try to fly around the corner.
I agree. Like it has been said before, Mathis is a build-up speed runner. He has no where near the quickness and accelleration that Bush has, not to mention the natural instincts and cutting ability.
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ESPN was definitely hyping Brick today. Poor Kiwi he looked pretty bad and nine of his 9 1/2 sacks were in three games. One of those games against Ball St. and he plaed in the Big East. He made Colledge look like a franchise LT so it's hard to get too excited just yet considering the circumstances. It would be nice to have Ferguson though. I guess it's a little bit of a relief knowing Colledge will probably be at #33 cause they will probably take Bush. :brickwall
I thought it was quite hilarious to say the least. Not Kiwi, although that is funny, but the fact that before D'Brick got out there, Mark May was looking for every reason in the world to say why he wouldn't be a top 5 pick or an elite OT prospect, then when he gets near shouting distance of D'Brick and sees him move around a little bit in like a simple walk-through drill he says he's the quickest guy he's every seen for a OT, has great technique (which he was bashing before) and will no doubt be a top 5 pick.
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I thought it was quite hilarious to say the least. Not Kiwi, although that is funny, but the fact that before D'Brick got out there, Mark May was looking for every reason in the world to say why he wouldn't be a top 5 pick or an elite OT prospect, then when he gets near shouting distance of D'Brick and sees him move around a little bit in like a simple walk-through drill he says he's the quickest guy he's every seen for a OT, has great technique (which he was bashing before) and will no doubt be a top 5 pick.
That is the Espn way, be so pro one way, then when proven wrong act then back track and go full tilt the other way. (remember USC before the Rose Bowl, greatest team ever)
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We still need to draft RB/VY #1 because our draft position at #33 will allow us to pick up a quality LT, many sports commentators said that D'brick is going to the 1st Lt taken but that he isn't ahead of the group of other Lt's out there like Justice, Winston,Colledge, and Scott who are still pretty damm good. Don't get me wrong , D'brick is a beast! However that doesn't mean that the others especially Colledge who has been showing me he has all the tools like excellent technique and footwork that every great Lt has, can't be as good or even better. the draft is loaded with quality Lt's for thge #33 spot but we should be more concerned with quality interior linemen.
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ESPN was definitely hyping Brick today. Poor Kiwi he looked pretty bad and nine of his 9 1/2 sacks were in three games. One of those games against Ball St. and he plaed in the Big East. He made Colledge look like a franchise LT so it's hard to get too excited just yet considering the circumstances. It would be nice to have Ferguson though. I guess it's a little bit of a relief knowing Colledge will probably be at #33 cause they will probably take Bush. :brickwall

I was going to point that out too. They were hyping Brick so much and then Colledge looked just as good against Kiwi and they said nothing.
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I have thought of the pros and cons of drafting both Ferguson and Bush and I have come to the conclusion that not only will Feguson be the better pick because we are filling a NEED, but because it makes more since.

Bush Pros:
  • The most electrifying college player I have ever seen.
  • Gamebreaker has the ability to take it the distance anytime.
  • He will boost ticket sales in Houston and bring in revenue.
  • He will be able to line up in multiple positions on the field
  • He will force defenses to commit to stopping him.

Bush Cons
  • He will not fill a need at the RB position being as we already have a very good RB.
  • He will have to split carries.
  • He will not be a factor in the return game because we already have an all pro return man.
  • After drafting Bush we will have be very selective about who we pick from then on, because we used our first pick on a player we didnt really need.
  • As seen on the Rose Bowl, when up against NFL type speed. It makes it hard for him to find room on the outside.

Ferguson Pros
  • Ferguson may be the most athletic tackle to come out since Orlando Pace.
  • He fills and immediate need.
  • He fits the zone blocking scheme perfectly being as he is quick and very mobile.
  • Will give Carr the security he has never had.
  • He will allow us to shift Pitts back to guard, and with one FA aquisituion, almost solidify the OL for good.
  • Trading down will give us more picks. We will fill more holes
  • He allows us to focus on defense later in the draft instead using our only second rounder on an offensive lineman.
  • Only 22 will grow into a monster.
  • Ferguson, and extra 2nd or 3rd rounder and an extra first rounder next year, in the long run has a higher pay- off than Bush

Ferguson Cons
  • Ferguson may not be head adn shoulders over other OT prospects.
  • Some of the fans will be upset.
  • We lose out on Bush and VY
  • He may be a bit undersized

I have put together an anology for our predicament.

If you were the poorest man on earth, and all of a sudden you found a 12 K diamond, just out of the blue. Would you do the flashy thing and have the diamond cut and put into a bracelet, watch, chain, grill . Or would you do the smart thing and sell it so that you could get a house, car, food, and clothes.

I admit that was kinda stupid but that was the best I could think up for an anology.
Notice how small the cons for D'Brick are....and two of them have nothing to do with his play on the field
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yah but those are the same cons you would get with a few of the other Olinemen that we could very well have available to us in the second.
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yah but those are the same cons you would get with a few of the other Olinemen that we could very well have available to us in the second.
That is a good point, but the pros list would not be as long for those guys.
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I have put together an anology for our predicament.

If you were the poorest man on earth, and all of a sudden you found a 12 K diamond, just out of the blue. Would you do the flashy thing and have the diamond cut and put into a bracelet, watch, chain, grill . Or would you do the smart thing and sell it so that you could get a house, car, food, and clothes.

I admit that was kinda stupid but that was the best I could think up for an anology.
I think I would go with the grill...

You do bring up a good point with this, I was looking at D'Brickashaw Ferguson as the best OT prospect as far as talent coming out, however he is only weighing 275 right now... I still think this is the best way to go with the draft.
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