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powda

You forgot the briefcase!
Gotta be honest, I was willing to stretch a bit on the extra te's because maybe one would be used as an hback/fullback. It would save us a roster spot and might be more versatile.

What did we do? Draft a freaking fullback.

Dislike this pick. Camp body. Throw away pick.
 

rmartin65

Phil Kessel: Nice Guy. Tries Hard.
Gotta be honest, I was willing to stretch a bit on the extra te's because maybe one would be used as an hback/fullback. It would save us a roster spot and might be more versatile.

What did we do? Draft a freaking fullback.

Dislike this pick. Camp body. Throw away pick.
I mean.. you (and others) are looking at this the wrong way. I highly, highly doubt this guy will see the field except for on special teams. They could roster him as a kicker, and it wouldn't change a thing. He is there for special teams.

Seems like an athletic kid with the right attitude, for whatever its worth. A 7th round pick is fighting an uphill climb to make a roster anyway, I guess the FO is thinking why not take a chance on a kid who knows ST and wants to play there.
 

powda

You forgot the briefcase!
I mean.. you (and others) are looking at this the wrong way. I highly, highly doubt this guy will see the field except for on special teams. They could roster him as a kicker, and it wouldn't change a thing. He is there for special teams.

Seems like an athletic kid with the right attitude, for whatever its worth. A 7th round pick is fighting an uphill climb to make a roster anyway, I guess the FO is thinking why not take a chance on a kid who knows ST and wants to play there.
Am I looking at this wrong?

Who are you cutting to keep him? The tight ends are all special teamers to.
 

rmartin65

Phil Kessel: Nice Guy. Tries Hard.
I don't think he's more talented than the te's we have. I imagine one will be cut. I also imagine Cullen will get the axe.

Let's revisit this.
Oh, I don't think this guy is more talented than one of the TEs on the roster. I do, however, think he (potentially) brings more value to the team due to his ST ability than the 4th or 5th string TE.

Like I said above- 7th (and 6th, for that matter) round picks face a tough road to make the NFL roster. I wouldn't be surprised if he is cut.
 

powda

You forgot the briefcase!
Oh, I don't think this guy is more talented than one of the TEs on the roster. I do, however, think he (potentially) brings more value to the team due to his ST ability than the 4th or 5th string TE.

Like I said above- 7th (and 6th, for that matter) round picks face a tough road to make the NFL roster. I wouldn't be surprised if he is cut.
No harm no foul. I just think it's a wasted pick. Hit me up after the final 53. If I'm wrong I'm wrong. I don't think I will be.
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Good scary wild man look for STs


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JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 31: Cullen Gillaspia #12 of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts after running for a 13-yard touchdown against the North Carolina State Wolfpack in the fourth quarter of the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field on December 31, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Texas A&M won 52-13. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
 

CloakNNNdagger

Hall of Fame
Houston will likely use Gillaspia at a multitude of positions. He is cut out for special teams and can fill gaps at linebacker, running back and fullback. He ran an impressive 4.53 40-yard dash at A&M's Pro Day in March.

Gillaspia tied A&M's school record for most games played as the 12th Man. He moved from linebacker to fullback this past season with Jimbo Fisher shifting to a pro-style offense. He started at fullback in every game for the Aggies rushing for 33 yards on five carries and caught five passes for 52 yards. On special teams, Gillaspia recorded six tackles in 2018.

Gillaspia's final carry as an Aggie was a 1-yard touchdown in A&M's 52-13 Gator Bowl win over NC State. It was the first time a 12th Man had scored an offensive touchdown.
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powda

You forgot the briefcase!
Buddy Howell, AJ Moore, Mike Tyson, Johnson Bademosi, Brian Peters all made team last season as core special teamers. Gillaspia blocked 2 punts last season and made 7 ST tackles, i'd say he's got a good shot.
I doubt it. We'll see. I did say "if."
 

Wolf6151

All Pro
We chose a FB in the 7th round because we couldn't get this guy as an UDFA and have such a plethora of talented depth on the O-line? (That sentence was totally angry sarcasm for those that can't tell) We took 2 project OT's in this draft but still have a bunch of journeymen O-line protecting Watson. I'd have much more respect for the Texans if they swung and missed on more O-line talent, at least they would have tried. This pick reeks of nepotism, who's he related too? I give it an F
 

TheRealJoker

Hall of Fame
We chose a FB in the 7th round because we couldn't get this guy as an UDFA and have such a plethora of talented depth on the O-line? (That sentence was totally angry sarcasm for those that can't tell) We took 2 project OT's in this draft but still have a bunch of journeymen O-line protecting Watson. I'd have much more respect for the Texans if they swung and missed on more O-line talent, at least they would have tried. This pick reeks of nepotism, who's he related too? I give it an F
If Scharping is a project then basically every OT minus Jonah Williams is a project. Scharping is a ready made NFL OT.
 

Wolf6151

All Pro
If Scharping is a project then basically every OT minus Jonah Williams is a project. Scharping is a ready made NFL OT.
Then we've obviously read/watched info. from different sources. Almost every evaluation I read says that he has limited athleticism and slow feet and is most likely a future NFL OG. TheDraftNetwork has him ranked #113, CBS ranks him #131, and WalterFootball has him as a 3rd or 4th round pick. I'm not saying they're right and I really hope he proves me wrong, but I sure don't see him as a starter at OT, right or left side.
 

TheRealJoker

Hall of Fame
Then we've obviously read/watched info. from different sources. Almost every evaluation I read says that he has limited athleticism and slow feet and is most likely a future NFL OG. TheDraftNetwork has him ranked #113, CBS ranks him #131, and WalterFootball has him as a 3rd or 4th round pick. I'm not saying they're right and I really hope he proves me wrong, but I sure don't see him as a starter at OT, right or left side.
Why read reports when you can watch film and make that decision yourself? The guy shut down 1st round draft pick Brian Burns this past season (0 pressures allowed), started every game of his college career and allowed only 33 pressures on 1,821 career pass-blocking snaps. That is not a project.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
We chose a FB in the 7th round because we couldn't get this guy as an UDFA and have such a plethora of talented depth on the O-line? (That sentence was totally angry sarcasm for those that can't tell) We took 2 project OT's in this draft but still have a bunch of journeymen O-line protecting Watson. I'd have much more respect for the Texans if they swung and missed on more O-line talent, at least they would have tried. This pick reeks of nepotism, who's he related too? I give it an F
I like the pick. I give it a good solid C. First, it was taken where it should have been, the 7th round. Second, the team had no FB on the roster and OB likes to utilize one. Third, his primary role as a FB in senior year was as the lead blocker for RB William's. Forth, he has fairly good hands for catching the ball. But Fifth, and most importantly, is his role as a special team's gunner.

Compare his pro date statistics with Ingold and Wesco, two top FB prospects.Gillaspia is faster and quicker; and strength and explosiveness is their equal.

He should make the team, provided we do go with FB on the roster and will stand out on the special teams.

Yes a solid C.
 

powda

You forgot the briefcase!
I like the pick. I give it a good solid C. First, it was taken where it should have been, the 7th round. Second, the team had no FB on the roster and OB likes to utilize one. Third, his primary role as a FB in senior year was as the lead blocker for RB William's. Forth, he has fairly good hands for catching the ball. But Fifth, and most importantly, is his role as a special team's gunner.

Compare his pro date statistics with Ingold and Wesco, two top FB prospects.Gillaspia is faster and quicker; and strength and explosiveness is their equal.

He should make the team, provided we do go with FB on the roster and will stand out on the special teams.

Yes a solid C.
No.
 

Texansphan

All Pro
Yeah, he has ST written all over him. Former ILB and has 4:53 speed.
I can see him in red zone rushing situations as pounding the ball or grading the road for a RB - also for those 3rd and 1 downs.
OB is determined to get a good running game going by the looks to help Watson out.
Prosch was a flop, hopefully this hometown boy will give us what we need.
 
I have no more expectations of a 6th or 7th rounder than I do a UDFA anyway.
Exactly. The price we paid is minimal so if he doesn't work out, we lose nothing but the 220th overall pick.

IMO, this pick is typical of the Gaine/BOB philosophy of wanting versatile players that can play multiple positions.
*Both OT picks have played both tackle spots.
*Joe Webb can play QB, WR and ST.
*Gillaspia can play FB, RB, LB and ST.

I'm not saying this approach is right or wrong (although I prefer masters). But it seems to be the direction of the FO.
 

beerlover

Hall of Fame
They could have waited to sign him as undrafted free agent. Typical Texan late round pick. Would have taken a LB, Ty Summers Texas Christian, bigger stronger faster.
 

ArlingtonTexan

Moderator
Staff member
Gotta keep Aggie fans buying those tickets

That's how I see this pick.

Would've rather had Hall.
Aggie jokes aside, I seriously hope no Aggie fan buys tickets (outside friends/family) because of a special teams demon wannabe...I mean I know plenty of Baylor alums (including a nephew) and they aren't sporting Jon Weeks, the long snapper went to my school, jersey.
 

powda

You forgot the briefcase!
I am generally surprised how much people care about the 7th round pick.
If you consider the undrafted pool of talent and the handful that will emerge...
Well, we coulda that guy. I hope this fb is a rockstar but I think it's a wasted pick.

We only have a limited number of resources. 7th round picks included. The devil is in the details. I think it matters (at least with some coaching staffs.)
 

Lucky

Moderator
Staff member
I am generally surprised how much people care about the 7th round pick.
The Texans either intend to give another roster spot to a special teams player, or they’re saying that there is no one left in the draft that can masked this team.

How many special teams only players (not including the kickers or snapper) are on the roster? Bademosi, Peters, Webb, Howell? While carrying only 8 offensive linemen and dressing 7? Yet the Texans still don’t have a decent returner? Unless they have Mr. Glass returning punts. I don’t think it’s just being upset over a 7th round pick. It’s a perception of not building a roster that’s developing talent.
 

Number19

Hall of Fame
They could have waited to sign him as undrafted free agent. Typical Texan late round pick. Would have taken a LB, Ty Summers Texas Christian, bigger stronger faster.
Why take Summers? Just sign him as an UDFA. For that matter, why sign anyone in the 7th?
 

IDEXAN

Hall of Fame
The Texans either intend to give another roster spot to a special teams player, or they’re saying that there is no one left in the draft that can masked this team.

How many special teams only players (not including the kickers or snapper) are on the roster? Bademosi, Peters, Webb, Howell? While carrying only 8 offensive linemen and dressing 7? Yet the Texans still don’t have a decent returner? Unless they have Mr. Glass returning punts. I don’t think it’s just being upset over a 7th round pick. It’s a perception of not building a roster that’s developing talent.
I know it's really early to be projecting rosters but just for the hell of it, at this very early time who do you see in the Oline group besides Tytus, Scharping, & Rankin ?
 

beerlover

Hall of Fame
Why take Summers? Just sign him as an UDFA. For that matter, why sign anyone in the 7th?
Because he was drafted and LB was highly valued this draft class. Just saying if you want special teams depth/talent, get someone who can tackle, bigger body and near elite measureables.

Ty - 6’1 241lbs 10” hands 31 1/2” arms ran a 4.51 forty, repped 220 26 times, five more than Tytus Howard.

Devin White the 5th overall selection of Tampa Bay, is 6’0” 237lbs 9 3/4” hands 32 1/8” arms ran 4.42 forty, repped 220 22 times one more than Tytus Howard.

Devin Bush the 10th overall selection of Pittsburg, is 5’11” 234lbs, 9 5/8” hands 32” arms ran 4.43 forty, repped 220 21 times same as Tytus Howard.

Core special teams as rookie with potential to become a starter @ high impact position where injuries are common place. Production is there 317 tackles @ TCU. White had 286 tackles (3 years) and Bush had 172 tackles (also 3 years). Certainly don’t see star potential of the Devins but a quality LB with comparable measurables who can help on special teams is pretty solid for a 7th rd. pick.
 


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