ive given myself pause to chew on the draft and the offseason moves so far rather than leaping into the mass hysteria plaguing these boards. i guess boredom finally got the best of me today. i cant say i like this years draft ,but then i didnt care much for last years draft at the time...that netted us 3 starters and 1 potential probowler. so compared to charley what do i know? a whole lotta of nothing right there next to most of you self claimed draft experts. i knew a lot of the names but i didnt do informed background checks, interviews, or breakdown hundreds of hours of video...did you? didnt think so. nor have i had an oppurtunity to see the players already on the texans roster on a day in and day out basis. how the hell should i know wether a player whos been on the bench all year is wasting a roster spot or about to bloom into a superstar? i'll defer to the coaches opinion well before anyone elses in most instances. i can at least credit some of the chicken littles for giveing me a laugh...i appreciate that but i dont follow your intense desire to hear certain names on draft day. give charley the bennifit of the doubt. he's one of the best in the buisness for good reason. i find it almost pointless to banter back and forth on how good "player a" will be vs "player b" when neither player has ever set foot on a nfl football field. instead i want to take a look at things as a whole from the blueprint perspective. what have we accomplished this offseason? we've injected youth at the linebacker postion (greenwood) we've injected youth at the cornerback postion (p-buc) we've injected youth at the defensive line postion (tj) at what expense? sharper,foreman, and a 3rd round pick (i consider p-buc a 2nd round pick). lets be honest here, i know sharper was the staple of our defense but he was no 6mil a year kinda linebacker ,and he was not going to be here long term. they tried to restructure to no avail. lose him this year or lose him next year? which did u perfer? at least this way they took a shoot at getting something in return. and something else a lot of you may not have considered--------PEEK. those same people who complained loudest durring the season about peeks playing time complained most about sharper being cut. has it occured to you that one player had an effect on the other? if the coaches arent happy with peek they arent happy with moving wong inside...some of you guys want the best of both worlds and it wasnt going to happen. the decision eventually came to peek vs sharper. whos more cap freindly and whos at the begining of their carrer. ultimately the texans cut foreman (marginal and overpaid) as well as shaper (overpaid) in return for cap freindly (peek) speed (greenwood/peek). not only are these 2 cap freindly and a serious speed upgrade they're young. but lets not stop there...how bout this cornerback situation? glenn and p-buc. glenn will not be here much longer. despite the classy rep hes brought hes not getting any younger...or cheaper. p-buc is faster. p-buc is younger. p-buc is cheaper. and glenn is gone this year or next. would you like your medicine now or later? best case scenerio glenn stays with the team and works as a quality nickleback after this season. his role has already been dimished...the question is will he accept it and will you? walker/tj. same song. same dance. and i have no complaints. a lot of these veterans have been given no competition and huge checks. its part of the growing process...these moves mean we're getting younger and faster while still being cap freindly (and some would say competiton breeds improved performance). it shouldnt be much of a surprise...this is the natural maturing of the franchise. this will not be the last of it...walker, mckinney, and weigert are on my short list. but lets look at these moves on the field and how they effect a gameplan etc... in the secondary : d-rob, glenn earl, and marcus coleman can all be expected to improve due to natural maturity or more time at a new postion. as such they require less help and free up blitzers. even if glenn is gone the addition of sanders shouldnt go unnoticed. i think we improved our depth there. in the linebacking core greenwood is ofcourse a coverage upgrade as is wong over foreman. babin will naturally improve and the unit is now faster. it seems to me everyone next to peek should be solid in coverage....which frees him up to "fetch the quarterback". minimize his responsibilities and his performance will improve. especially when all you ask him to do is what he does best. the dline is no diffrent. youth and speed. and no longer will one injury in the dline have the impact it did in years past. all in all we're faster and younger. this will be the first season we see what a zone blitz is supposed to be in steele blue. by the same token many of these moves allow us a bit more money in next years free agency period. i expect us to be a fringe team that just misses the playoffs this year ,and forsee a major fa aqusition or 2 propelling us there in 2006. on another note i'd just like to point out that everyone here upset about passing on dj should take note of that 3rd round pick we aquired to move down. next years draft is much deeper and there will no doubt be a couple of players worth "frothing at the mouth" about. that 3 insures a chance to move up and get them. it seems to me every gm's job should be to keep a team as young and cap freindly as possible while still adding talent. for the most part i think charley's done a great job of that this offseason. i dont always agree with the moves or like them...but in the end theres always been a practicality to his decisions. thanks charley.