I thought it may be a good idea to talk about draft reaches, in general. I think it's important for those thinking Duane Brown was such a big reach to understand that 1st round or 2nd round is very vague. I think there can be different grading systems and when it comes down to it and all the players are graded, that's when you match them up against each other (ie 'he's a 2nd rounder' or 'he's rated as a B+ player', or 'he's rated as an 89'. I might point out that a 1st rd pick (10th overall) is vastly different than a 1st round pick (18th overall) and different than a 1st round pick (26th overall). As is a 2nd rd pick (33rd overall) vs another 2nd rd pick (58th overall), etc. I think placing a "Draft Round" value on a player can be very deceiving. You then also have to look at what players are on the board in order to consider it a reach or not. For example: Antoine Cason, Lawrence Jackson, Kentwan Balmer, Dustin Keller, Kenny Phillips, Phillip Merling, Donnie Avery, Devin Thomas, Brandon Flowers, Jordy Nelson, Curtis Lofton, John Carlson, Chilo Rachal, Tracy Porter, James Hardy, Eddie Royal, Tyrell Johnson, Matt Forte, Jordan Dizon, Jerome Simpson, Trevor Laws, Fred Davis, Desean Jackson, Calais Campbell, etc were the players taken immediately behind the Texans pick (and in order). So let me ask you this: Was it still a reach? You have two options (1) trade down again and gamble on a player or (2) take the player you want at your spot that best fits your team and is better than the others. Of the 20 some-odd players listed, who would you take? By all intensive purporses, whoever you said would most likely be considered a reach as well. Antoine Cason, one of my favorites in the draft- thought by the experts to be a "2nd rounder", and the list goes on. Another thing, is that different teams have the players rated differently. The Chargers could have ranked Antoine Cason as the 15th best player in the Draft, where as the Texans could have ranked him as the 50th best player. Or if the Texans ranked Cason as, say the 25th best player in the draft but ranked Duane Brown as the 23rd best player in the draft, who do they take? Brown. I'm far from an expert when it comes to the draft, evaluating players, knowing the different schemes, etc. but think it's important to take a hard pressed look at a situation from several different angles before spewing one's opinion. I'm not saying Brown was or was not a reach... but that I definitely give Smith, Kubiak, and Gibbs the benefit of the doubt. I think Brown can turn into a great player for us, at the 2nd most important position with Gibbs teaching him. However, we'll probably never know how they had all the players rated so it will always be hard to say did the TEXANS reach on him. Even if he turns out to be a pro-bowler. It may just mean that our 'reach' worked out very well. So just a reminder that it's easy to listen to McShay or whoever say, "oh he was a 2nd round, he's a reach", I ask my self these questions: -was he an early (32nd-35th) 2nd rounder or a mid 2nd (48th)? -how were the other players available 'rated' -where did Brown rank in relation to these other players -what positions are we set at and what positions are 'need' positions -I wonder how different teams had Brown rated vs. Draft Analysts placing a blanket grade on a player when 32 different teams run a variation of different schemes? -Could we have traded down and still selected him? a mid 1st may be considered a reach (#18) but a late 1st (#26) may be just where the texans had him. So when I really look at it these ways, the more and more I think it wasn't a reach or at least THAT big of one. If it is considered a reach- I don't think it was that big of one at #26.