Reviewing the draft: Houston Texans


Posted May 20, 2006


A team that needs a lot of help, the Texans justifiably could’ve gone "best player available" through most of the seven rounds. Hence it was startling to say the least when they signed the second best player in April’s draft 18 hours before the event started.

Mario Williams has all the makings of a dominant defensive end and impact player up front, there’s no debating that. His upside is enormous and justifiably he has All Pro potential. But why the Texans chose to sign him before the draft even began will always be questioned. While he has some limitations as an every down ball carrier, Reggie Bush was easily the better player in this draft, and was passed up for reasons still in question. DeMeco Ryans was good value at the top of round two and could quickly start at weak-side linebacker. Charles Spencer was also a solid pick where drafted, though we question the initial decision by the Texans to use him at left tackle. If he regains prior form and becomes completely healthy there is no doubt Eric Winston was great value in round three. He’ll offer the versatility to be used at both offensive tackle positions.

Soon after the draft was completed the Texans said "goodbye" to Charley Casserly, who the team dismissed. We can’t say we blame them. Moves such as the trade for Philip Buchannon last year as well as never getting a blind side tackle for David Carr set this franchise back.

Rd

Sel#

Player

Pos.

School

1

1

Mario Williams

DE

North Carolina St

2

33

DeMeco Ryans

OLB

Alabama

3

65

Charles Spencer

OT

Pittsburgh

3

66

Eric Winston

OT

Miami (Fla.)

4

98

Owen Daniels

TE

Wisconsin

6

170

Wali Lundy

RB

Virginia

7

251

David Anderson

WR

Colorado St



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