With a talented draft pool that would have made Carmen and Dwights eyes pop out of their heads, the Texans manage to spend $38 million on 19 players. Among them: Browns offensive lineman Jeremy McKinney, now on his way to another expansion team.
The 26-year-old McKinney started the 2002 season as a backup to Tre Johnson, and then found his way into the Browns starting lineup as Johnson's season ended early due to injury. When McKinney was selected, the Browns pulled back LB and special teams monster Brant Boyer. As expected, the Texans did not select another Browns player. A few prescient observers had forseen this coming, but most of them are wisely not taken seriously.
The Texans enjoyed the opportunity to load up a talented offensive line in this expansion draft, starting with their first selection of All-Pro Tony Boselli. The Texans then snagged Ryan Young from the Jets, setting themselves up pretty well at both tackle positions.
(Does anyone remember Ben Cavil? Rehberg? Hello?)
The Houston club then also loaded up by picking up a couple of Rats tossed overboard from Modell's sinking ship: Jamie Sharper and Jermaine Lewis were claimed by the Texans with their fifth and sixth choices. Also selected early were fine defensive tackle Gary Walker from Jacksonville and CB Aaron Glenn of the Jets.
With their first six selections, the Texans raided the Jets, Jaguars, and Ratbirds. This makes these clubs weaker, but allows them to use Texas as a sizeable salary dumping ground.