JagNation Divisional Draft Analysis: Texans

The Houston Texans made some draft picks this season that left most of the experts scratching their heads, although their first round pick Amobi Okoye, seems to be a very good value at the tenth overall selection and he fills a gaping hole at defensive tackle for the team. The other picks the Texans made don't seem to make much sense.

The Texans have always had major needs on the offensive line since their existence, and the team waited until the second day to try to address those needs. The Texans needed a wide receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson, and took a guy from Lane College in round three. Obviously, we won't really be able to judge these selections until after they suit up, but it doesn't appear as if the Texans received much value, or filled many needs after round one.

First Round pick (#10 overall)- Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville
Amobi Okoye is an athletic, smart defensive tackle, that has graduated college at just 19 years old. Okoye will certainly help the Texans in the middle, and should occupy some blocks for last years' number one pick, Mario Williams to get more pressure on the quarterback. Okoye is a very nice value at #10.

Third Round pick (#73 overall)- Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane College
Jones is a big, fast wide receiver at 6'3", 220, but he's fairly raw at the position, being that he only started playing organized football as a junior in high school. Jones missed a lot of time in the offseason thanks to his commitment to the track team. Jones is fast and can jump, but he lacks some strength and hasn't played much against top level competition. He was also known as a fumbler in college. He will certainly have an opportunity for playing time as a rookie, as Houston's WR corps lacks any kind of star power when you get past Andre Johnson.

Fourth Round pick (#123 overall)- Fred Bennett, CB, South Carolina
Fred Bennett has all the size that anyone would want in a cornerback- 6'2", 190 lbs., and the Texans hope that he'll turn out to be like the cornerback that they took from South Carolina just three years ago, Dunta Robinson. Bennett has the ability to play the ball in air, as well as jam the receiver. Bennett is somewhat of a liability in the running game, as he isn't a physical enough despite his size. Bennett will have an opportunity to play the nickel position right away, and could be a full-time starter by the season's end.

Fifth Round pick (#144 overall)- Brandon Harrison, SS, Stanford
Brandon Harrison looks the part of a premiere strong safety- 6'2", 227, and lean (4.6% body fat). Unfortunately, Harrison isn't a big hitter, despite that size, and doesn't play the ball well in the deep zone. Harrison has all the physical tools, but there are some motivational questions. Harrison could be a special teams player early on in his career before moving into some regular playing time on defense.

Fifth Round pick (#163 overall)- Brandon Frye, OT, Virginia Tech
Frye is a good-sized athlete (6'4", 302) with good bloodlines (son of Stan Rome, former WR for the K.C. Chiefs). Frye ran a great 40 time (4.77), and is very powerful (485 lb. bench, 705 lb. squat). He's flexible, and could eventually play on the Texans line, but probably not this year. Frye doesn't have much experience, only starting 11 collegiate games, and he takes poor angles in protection.

Sixth Round pick (#183 overall)- Kasey Studdard, G, Texas
Studdard is a hometown prospect who has good NFL bloodlines, as his father (Dave Studdard) played tackle for 10 season with the Broncos, and his Uncle (Les Studdard) played center for the Chiefs. Studdard is a very strong over-achiever, without a lot of god-given physical abilities. Studdard lacks definition in his upper body, and is a little stiff in the hips.

Seventh Round pick (#218 overall)- Zach Diles, LB, Kansas State
The Texans hope to catch lightening in a bottle with this undersized, active linebacker from Kansas State. Zach Diles is a very intelligent player, who can make up for his lack of height by being in the right place at the right time. Diles avoids blockers too much and needs more lower-body strength, but he should be able to contribute in special teams as he hones his game.


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