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Old 02-28-2009   #1
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Default With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Looks like LB's Cushing or Maybin may be in our sights. Possibly cornerback.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Cushing and Mathews are my first choices. Move down....Sidbury, Barwin...Engilish, beerlovers guy.


This all assumes that we aren't targeting Micheal Johnson or Tyson Jackson.

Cushing and Mathews are locked and loaded and have the talent to beat out Dilles or Adibi this summer. Both bring pass rush abilities. Just my guess.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

We're still gonna try to trade out of 15 for more picks..but if not, and the way it looks right now, Cushing will wear his 1st set of cowboy boots here as a Texan
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Maclin I'm hoping or Maulauga. I worry about the steroid rumors with Cush.

Just as long as Michael Johnson stays the hell away
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Everette Brown, Aaron Maybin, Larry English. Now that we signed a solid starting DE we can afford to get an undersized pass-rushing specialist that has huge potential to be a stud in the future. DE is still my first choice.

I wouldn't mind getting a physical specimen at LB either, like Rey Rey, Sintim, etc.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

I guess the question in my mind is at what position do the Texans not currently have a bonafide starting quality player. Or, what position do they NEED a true starting quality player where they do not currently have one.

It is not clear to me were the Texans stand at cornerback. How confident are the Texans about having Dunta Robinson and Fred Bennett as their starters for the next few years? Is Dunta really ready to take on this responsibility after his injury? Is Fred Bennett really a starting quality CB over the intermediate to long term?

A linebacker would be great. But to whatever extent we have a glaring need, I hope we address that in the first round, if possible.

The good news is that after the Antoine Smith signing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see a glaring need in the Texan's starting lineup.
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I guess the question in my mind is at what position do the Texans not currently have a bonafide starting quality player. Or, what position do they NEED a true starting quality player where they do not currently have one.

It is not clear to me were the Texans stand at cornerback. How confident are the Texans about having Dunta Robinson and Fred Bennett as their starters for the next few years? Is Dunta really ready to take on this responsibility after his injury? Is Fred Bennett really a starting quality CB over the intermediate to long term?

A linebacker would be great. But to whatever extent we have a glaring need, I hope we address that in the first round, if possible.

The good news is that after the Antoine Smith signing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see a glaring need in the Texan's starting lineup.
A space eating DT is a big need but Raji will be long gone by 15

Though he is hated on, Reeves is the sure starter at CB, Robinson and Bennett are going for the other spot
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Default Draft priorities in light of A. Smiths signing?

So how does everyone think this affects the draft now that we have a "hopefully" legit compliment to Mario?

Here's my thoughts:

1. OLB
2. S
3. Complmentary RB to SS
4. Guard/Center
4. DT or DE Pass Rush Specialist
5. Project QB
6. WR
7. Offensive Line

Sure hope we sign a complimentary back to Steve or a Short Yardage type in FA, so we can get the other in the draft.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

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A space eating DT is a big need but Raji will be long gone by 15

Though he is hated on, Reeves is the sure starter at CB, Robinson and Bennett are going for the other spot
I am virtually always up for spending high draft picks on defensive linemen. But with Okoye and Johnson, the Texans appear to be set for starters at DT. In fact, I do not believe the Texans staff sees DT as a NEED position, so they are unlikely to spend a first round pick on one this year.

I keep thinking cornerback, if they can get one they believe is worth the pick. But a linebacker would be good too.

In the first round, the four most important positions to look at in my opinion are QB, OT, DE and CB. It is really desirable to have difference makers and dominant players at these four positions. Not that picking one in the first round guarantees you that.

We are set at QB, OT and DE, at least as far as picking in the first round goes. But at CB, I am not so sure that the Texan's are satisfied with what they have here.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

I'm looking at Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews, Alphonso Smith or Jeremy Maclin.

Interested in Sean Smith or Donald Brown in the 2nd round.

I'd prefer:
1st- SLB Cushing/Matthews
2nd- CB/S Sean Smith
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I am virtually always up for spending high draft picks on defensive linemen. But with Okoye and Johnson, the Texans appear to be set for starters at DT. In fact, I do not believe the Texans staff sees DT as a NEED position, so they are unlikely to spend a first round pick on one this year.

I keep thinking cornerback, if they can get one they believe is worth the pick. But a linebacker would be good too.

In the first round, the four most important positions to look at in my opinion are QB, OT, DE and CB. It is really desirable to have difference makers and dominant players at these four positions. Not that picking one in the first round guarantees you that.

We are set at QB, OT and DE, at least as far as picking in the first round goes. But at CB, I am not so sure that the Texan's are satisfied with what they have here.
DeMeco Ryans needs to be protected from blockers. With bust and flop in front of him last year, he got killed. Either a stud like Maulauga needs to be in the middle or a big DT is needed to soak up blockers.

Not sure about CB, not many impressive prospects this year. I think the Texans may go with more offensive firepower if its BPA
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Doesn't really mean much I know.... but in all the mocks I am seeing Maualuga available at 15 more and more these days. Man I can really see myself enjoying watching him play next to former DROY Demeco Ryans.
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My vote is for either Clay Matthews or B.J. Raji.
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Default Re: With DE-Smith signed, who @ 15?

Vontae Davis,CB, may be the only secondary player that would be worthy of the 15th pick. B.J.Raji is the only DT to take at 15 and he won't be there. I just don't see us going offense in the first, so it boils down to DE/OLB, if we stay where we are. Very possibly another trade back year.
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Vontae Davis,CB, may be the only secondary player that would be worthy of the 15th pick. B.J.Raji is the only DT to take at 15 and he won't be there. I just don't see us going offense in the first, so it boils down to DE/OLB, if we stay where we are. Very possibly another trade back year.
Did you mean CB/OLB?
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If Rey Rey is there at 15 do we take and move him or Demeco to the SLB? I just dont see us going DE in the first after this signing, at all?
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If Rey Rey is there at 15 do we take and move him or Demeco to the SLB? I just dont see us going DE in the first after this signing, at all?
imo... move Demeco.
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Did you mean CB/OLB?
I see it as trade back, V. Davis, cb, or DE/OLB. I put it as DE/OLB to include guys like Maybin, Orakpo, E. Brown, etc.
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A space eating DT is a big need but Raji will be long gone by 15

Though he is hated on, Reeves is the sure starter at CB, Robinson and Bennett are going for the other spot
Raji isn't the only huge DT in the draft. You guys shouldn't overlook his teammate, Ron Brace.

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This would be a great pick up if we pick him up in the 2nd, would be even better if he fell to us in the 3rd round.

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