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Old 04-29-2009   #1
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This in from Clark Judge over at cbssports.com:


"It's almost impossible to ace the NFL Draft, but each year someone comes close -- and this year that someone was the Houston Texans. Nearly everywhere they looked they found value with their choices, with pass rusher Connor Barwin in the second round and multi-purpose tight James Casey in the fifth two examples."


http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/story/11688946

Ohhhh Yeahhhhhh! Man, I am so pumped for the season to start. I must admit that I was a little pissed about them not drafting a RB, but Rick Smith did something to "make me feel good." He went and picked up Foster and Johnson. Good job Smith. Sorry I ever doubted ya!
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We're good. Yup. Rick Smith = Good. I've seen several reports suggesting that we had, if not THE best draft, at least, ONE OF the best.

Look, this stuff is all speculative, but it says something about the fact that this franchise absolutely turned the corner last year and we've arrived where analysts have to take notice despite themselves that we're making the right moves, the right decisions and building the right way.... here we come...
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awesome feel good thread! I agree with the posts above...the picks made sense, plain and simple. These guys know what they're doing.
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An interesting insight into the RB situation embedded in Rick Smith's quotes that I had not noticed before. In his discussion on the Caldwell selection, he said: "We were looking at a couple of running backs we liked in this round, but those guys came off the board. So at that point we look for value." The two RBs chosen in the third round before our pick were Shonn Greene (taken 65 by the Jets in a trade-up) and Glen Coffee (taken at 74 by the Niners).

I doubt Smith was referring to any of the other four RBs taken before that point. Moreno, Wells and Brown were destined to be gone long before the third round. Shady McCoy went in round two after our pick, but I don't think he was on our list because his best asset--shiftiness--would be useless in a one-cut-and-go system. So Greene and Coffee were evidently our guys.

But what a fun read that was.
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An interesting insight into the RB situation embedded in Rick Smith's quotes that I had not noticed before. In his discussion on the Caldwell selection, he said: "We were looking at a couple of running backs we liked in this round, but those guys came off the board. So at that point we look for value." The two RBs chosen in the third round before our pick were Shonn Greene (taken 65 by the Jets in a trade-up) and Glen Coffee (taken at 74 by the Niners).

I doubt Smith was referring to any of the other four RBs taken before that point. Moreno, Wells and Brown were destined to be gone long before the third round. Shady McCoy went in round two after our pick, but I don't think he was on our list because his best asset--shiftiness--would be useless in a one-cut-and-go system. So Greene and Coffee were evidently our guys.

But what a fun read that was.
Greene is a hell of a back. I was really hoping that he would fall to the Texans in the 3rd, but the Jets killed that dream pretty quickly.
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I'll wait and see what Richard Justice says .
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good to see national outlets giving us respect for what our FO has done
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I think you forgot the sarcasm smilie Earl! At least I hope so!
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Always glad to see anything positive about the Texans, and I did say I was alright with this draft (and that I wouldn't know anyway), but I'm still going to keep some healthy skepticism about it all. For instance, it wouldn't take much going wrong to simply keep these guys from having an immediate impact. Ryans, Daniels, and Robinson are the only guys I can think of off the top of my head who had a serious impact in their rookie seasons for this team. 2 of them have yet to better their rookie seasons....and, coincidentally or not, relevant or not, all 3 have made varying noise about wanting more money.

Regardless, we'll be doing good if just ONE of these guys makes an immediate difference. The first 2 would be awesome. A little bad luck and only one is still around in a few years. Just a little.
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I forgot about a couple of RBs, but they usually are immediate or bust.
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I think after the media flamed us immediately after (and during) the 2006 NFL Draft, they learned their lesson. Now theyre willing to give us the benefit of the doubt that Smithiak knows what theyre doing.
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I'll admit I was very meh about this draft. I was also very furious that a RB was not taken especially when Rashad Jennings, who I believe is the perfect back for our system and what we are looking for as a back up, was there still in the 7th.

However, after looking at the most common thread about all the players drafted being that they are multi-faceted (Cushing can play all 3 LB spots, Barwin DE/TE athletic, The C being able to swing at both guard spots, Casey being able to play RB, FB, TE, LS, WR, and all the DBs being able to contribute to special teams) I began to see that this team is trying to put talented athletes on the field and is doing what they can to be more inventive with what they do on offense and defense. I like that as opposed to years passed with the vanilla stuff.
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Truth is I really want this team to get some high round DBs. I particularly want a highly touted, ball-hawking FS. This is something that's been bugging me for at least 3 years now. I was happier when I thought they were going to stick....uh, heck, the tall CB we just got....back there, but looks they ain't gonna do it. I really can't pick any one draft and get too upset about it, though. It's a, "Hey, guys, do it sometime this decade!" kind of thing.
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Even Trey Wingo had to give us some props. It wasn't much and you could tell he didn't want to but he did. If memory serves correct I believe they had the Texans at a B+ and the rest of the division at a C+. Nice start. It is good to see us starting to get positive marks nationally. Now it's time for the coaches and players to take it to the next level with a double digit win total.
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Even Trey Wingo had to give us some props. It wasn't much and you could tell he didn't want to but he did. If memory serves correct I believe they had the Texans at a B+ and the rest of the division at a C+. Nice start. It is good to see us starting to get positive marks nationally. Now it's time for the coaches and players to take it to the next level with a double digit win total.
Well he is a part of the ESPN conspiracy against the Texans so . . .
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Always glad to see anything positive about the Texans, and I did say I was alright with this draft (and that I wouldn't know anyway), but I'm still going to keep some healthy skepticism about it all. For instance, it wouldn't take much going wrong to simply keep these guys from having an immediate impact. Ryans, Daniels, and Robinson are the only guys I can think of off the top of my head who had a serious impact in their rookie seasons for this team. 2 of them have yet to better their rookie seasons....and, coincidentally or not, relevant or not, all 3 have made varying noise about wanting more money.

Regardless, we'll be doing good if just ONE of these guys makes an immediate difference. The first 2 would be awesome. A little bad luck and only one is still around in a few years. Just a little.
How bout Slaton last year?
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I am as optimistic as each of you BUT I see nothing that says our Dline however it will eventually look will be any better at stopping the run. Smith will be better than Weaver but nothing to make me go Wow! We now have two undrafted free agents, a maybe recovered Chris Brown(that we do not know anything about) and Ryan Moats. We do know that Moats can handle himself facing a stupid cop with a gun but can he score in the red zone or get you sumpin sumpin when it is 3rd and short?

J Johnson can be a Slaton and get us down the field and maybe just maybe Foster or Brown can be the power. Now if just had a free safety...
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AJ and D. Davis, too...
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Owen Daniels didnt slack off much either. And he had Carr throwing him the ball.
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