In reviewing the early to middle part of the first round of this year's draft its already become apparent the Texans got lucky when Cushing fell to them at 15. Consider this and how he could have fit into other teams' plans perfectly at this point had they picked him... 14. New Orleans The Saints picked Malcolm Jenkins who begin his OTAs with a hamstring injury...reports indicate he did nothing but hurt his stock with the team and is currently battling Jason David for the 4th CB spot with Greer, Gay and Porter ahead of them on the depth chart. By all accounts the Saints defense is horrible in every aspect, so any defensive pick would've seemed to be wise but the fact is Jenkins won't help this team in 2009 and they needed to draft someone who would help this season, certainly Sean Payton needed to because he could be out of a job depending on how the Saints play this season. Their current starting OLBs are old and simply not good any more Fujita and Shanle...Think Cushing could've made the Saints better next season? 13. Washington The Redskins got lucky and had possibly the best edge rusher fall to them at #13. The odd thing about it is Brian Orakpo will play the SAM LB spot on 1st and 2nd down, with him moving to the edge on 3rd down. The point is to keep him on the field as long as possible. Many draft pundits who evaluated Orakpo as an OLB say his hips are too stiff, he'll be exploited in coverage and its a completely unnatural position for him so his instincts will be off. He made his first round draft status and his entire college career rushing the passer, why mess with a good thing? And if a SAM is what they were looking for/needed they could've had a Cushing...I don't think Orakpo was the wrong pick, just the wrong fit in Washington. They'll find out he isn't a linebacker and will find a home as RDE if in fact he ever finds success at the NFL level. With Zorn on the hot seat, he NEEDS to have his first rounder to have a lot of success next season. 12. Denver The Broncos are in the same boat as the Saints and Texans, horrible defense and any talent addition on that side of the ball would be welcomed. Yet they picked running back Knownshon Moreno. I'm not saying he won't be a good or even great back in the NFL, just saying the fit again is bad for a team who is in major rebuilding mode and no where near a contender. Its a ZBS O-line and Moreno is a shifty power back, not a one cut and go runner. Of course the ZBS will be eliminated there in time with McDaniels running a power running game/spread offense so he does fit the new scheme. The Broncos already had a really good offense even with a pathetic running game so the pick is a head scratcher. In fact, their #18 pick of Robert Ayers might even have made more sense here at 12, but the pieces fell in place for them to still get Ayers later so it worked out in that respect. But if the lifespan of an NFL RB takes its toll and Moreno isn't even in the league in 8 years and Cushing has multiple pro bowls, Denver will be rethinking this one. Especially if they don't win. 11. Buffalo I think this is the spot Cushing really should have gone. Buffalo reached big time on Aaron Maybin, who was expected to go in the 20s. While Buffalo had a horrible pass rush that needed addressing, Orakpo should've have been the DE pick if thats where they really wanted to go. Maybin is undersized and has had so-so OTAs but that isn't even the worst part about their first round pick, he doesn't have a position yet. Their staff appears to be split on what his role should be, with conflicting reports saying he'll be on the d-line and others saying linebacker. Either way he appears to be a big time project. Buffalo and coach Jauron needed someone to step in immediately and help because like Zorn and Payton, he is very much on the hot seat. Why draft a big time project like Maybin? Its possible Jauron didn't have much input on the pick because I would think he would draft someone that would help him this year. So why did these 4 teams pass on a guy, who Kubiak said was "a starter when he got off the bus" ?? Cushing is closer to NFL ready than any of these guys and in the new NFL world where coaches are pretty much always on the hot seat its even more surprising. But more importantly, a big Thank You goes out to all these teams for passing on him because he'll help our Texans immediately and in the long run. Our playoff chances increased after his name was called on draft day. Those other 4 teams missed out.