Looking over what we did in the draft and then looking at our division I have the opinion that we may not have pulled even with Jacksonville, but we did pass up the Titans and that means a possible playoff push this season. Heres why: First, lets look at who the Texans lost and gained during our FA period. Lost: Hutchins (CB), Flannagen(C), McKinney(C), Anderson(OLB), Clark(OLB), Dayne(RB) Added: Reeves(CB), Myers(C), Chris Brown(RB), Bentley(OLB), Thomas(OLB)(I think thats his name) Players still on the mend: Chris White(C), DRob(CB), Spencer(OL), Weary(OL) Forgive me if there are names that I missed. Going into the draft we needed, OL, RB, OLB, CB, DL, S, So the Texans went out and got: Brown(LT): A project player they believe Gibbs can coach up. If he is as athletic as the Texans report him to be and if Gibbs is half the coach the league says he is, not only will he be our LT for years to come, but a future HOF'er. But there are a lot of IF's between here and Canton. But, not all is lost b/c Salaam is more than capable of keeping the seat warm without getting Schaub killed so it affords Brown time to learn in the system. Molden: I am very excited about this pick for a few reasons, one he's tall, big at 6-2 196lbs and fast running a 4.33 40. He may be a little rough but again, Reeves and Bennett should start out opening day and once DRob comes back either this year or next, Molden is going to fit nicely as our #3 DB and match up with whoever the Colts throw at us. Slaton: Its starting to get crowded as Slaton comes aboard. A little small for what I was hoping for at 5'10 197, but he is fast with a 4.44 40. Slaton will give us that potential play maker that has been missing from our RB core, plus he gives us another option in our passing game with above average hands. DD with speed keeps dancing in my head, but we shall see. Adibi: Don't really know much about him except he was the second best OLB in the draft, and he was taken with our magical 4th round pick, so he has to be a stud. If nothing else he joins a very crowded LB'ing core with Diles, Greenwood, Bently, Thomas, and now Adibi. Okam: This is my favorite pick in this draft. This is the guy who I thought we needed and was praying we would get but dared not voice it otherwise it would not have come true. Sometimes, you just need a strong fat turd to run no further than 2 feet per game and just take up space. Okam completely changes the dynamics of our DL. He is going to allow Amobi to get free, Mario or who ever is playing DE to get free, he is going to be able to keep lineman off our LB'ers and allow them to do there job. If Okam is the right man for the job our Defense just got a hole helleva lot stronger and allow our "stars" to shine brightly and reach there full potential. From here they kinda lost me. Barber: Hope he has heart like his brother, if he does, oh boy we stole another one, if not, well, he was a 6th round pick. Brink: Who? and more importantly, Why? So we drafted a QB for our scout team? Today, our OL got stronger, our RB's got stronger, our secondary got stronger, our front seven got very strong and very deep. So lets visit the rest of the AFC Souths draft. Indy, for some reason found it necessary to draft 3 centers, and out of 9 draft picks (no first round) 4 were 6th rounders. They also drafted a few undersized LB'ers. Wheeler who plays inside is 6'1 but runs a 4.759 40. OL run faster than he does, Howard runs 4.45 and is 6.0. He's quick but small, yet another TE (are the Titans and Colts trying to corner the market?) I can't point to anything that Indy did this weekend that made them a better football team. Jags: Drafted a pair of undersized DE's. Harvey 64 271 with a 4.84 40 was there first big reach that cost them some draft picks, and with there second pick they get Groves, a situational pass rusher that is 6'3 259 with a 4.5 forty. They are no Mario Williams. They also drafted an OLB that you have to time his forty with a calender, Thomas Williams, 6'0 238, 4.879 40. His scouting report says he plays with a mean streak so I guess he will be yelling out obscenities from behind the person he's chasing. They also drafted Tae Williams who will turn into a fine nickle back for them and a running back that can't stay academically eligible. Titians: I don't even want to get into it, but it was a bad draft. This will make two in a row for bad drafts. Stuff like that has a habit of catching up with you. Just ask the 2005 Texans. I believe we drafted better than any of our divisional counter parts and are closer to evening the playing field. The Colts did not improve, the Jags did not improve, and the Titans continue to take more steps backward. Don't look now but here comes the Texans.