I'm having a hard time getting a read on what the Texan's FO braintrust plan is for long term development of this team considering their Free Agent activity. Let me preface this by saying that this year and the next as far as drafts and FA acquisitions are concerned will determine the fate of this franchise for probably the next decade. The general consensus on this board is that we are in a re-building mode right now, in spite of the fact that what was built never really had any success. We have found ourselves in salary cap hell with lots of dead money and money tied up in players who never or no longer produce. That is usually where teams find themselves after a successful run and have aging stars. So if we don't make shrewd moves in this draft and the next and lay the foundation for some long term success, we'll find ourselves again in the rebuilding mode while never having had any success. You'll see a new GM and probably a new head coach and the we'll be starting from ground zero again with a realisitic wait time of another 4 to 5 years before any real success might come from the new regime. That my friends is squarely in the Cardinals, Bungles of the 90's, & Buccaneers up until Chucky zone. A franchise known for mediocrity and futility for up to a decade or more. So here is what we have thus far: 1) In a draft with possibly the deepest skill position talent since the Marino, Elway, Kelly QB class in '83, the Texans with the #1 pick take a DE. 2) Three real cornerstone "franchise" type players: DR, AJ, & Ryans. None of those at RB or QB. 3) An anemic O with holes on the O-line, a geriatric brigate at RB, a QB with mobility & arm but with more confidence problems than Ray Finkle, and no real number 2 or 3 WR. 4) A defense with big talent gaps/holes on the D-line and secondary. So where do the Texans go from here? While upset that the Texans FO was too dumb to pick VY, Leinart, or Cutler last year....I could excuse the move if they were planning to go the Steelers route to building a team. Build the defense and the o-line first, then address the offensive skill spots later. I thought last year's draft was a hopeful indicater they are going in that direction. In my opinion, they need to go defense and O-line on the entire first day of the draft. Don't reach, don't go for the glamour picks, don't pick tweeners you hope will pan out, don't pick projects with huge upside but big risks. Just solid players who will produce for years to come. Go defense first but get at least one o-lineman. Build depth in day two just picking BPA, regardless of position. Get folks who have a decent chance to actually play minutes for you. Next year do it all over again. Then you start to look for offensive talent to decorate that core of a dominating defense and a mean, nasty O-line. The next two years on the field may be rough, but I'd rather take my lumps with the promise of long term future success than to chase fool's gold now and continue to wallow in mediocrity. Go Texans!