The Texans started their day selecting Dunta Robinson with the tenth overall pick. Many considered Robinson to be the best cover cornerback in the draft and his selection will allow the Texans to move current starter Marcus Coleman inside to safety.
The Texans aggressively continued to add defensive talent by trading up into the late first round for Jason Babin. Babin, a collegiate defensive end, is perfectly suited to play as an outside linebacker/pass rusher in the Dom Capers 3-4 defense. Babin is a fast heady player that does an excellent job getting into the backfield. Adding Babin for the price of a second and third round pick was a solid value and a great example of how to trade up in the draft.
The Texans began the second day with three consecutive defensive back selections; Glenn Earl, Vontez Duff, and Jammal Lord. Earl and Duff, college teammates at Notre Dame, should help solidify the nickel and dime packages, as well as the special teams play of the Texans. Earl is a big hitter best suited in the box defending against the run while Duff is a capable backup at cornerback whose best value is probably as a return specialist and a special teams gunner. Jammal Lord, the former Nebraska option-quarterback, will be given a look as a return specialist and is a candidate for the practice squad.
Charlie Anderson, a collegiate defensive end at Mississippi, will compete for a spot as a linebacker who stands up over tackle. Former Rutgers defensive end Raheem Orr could be the teams best selection among it's second day picks. Orr does a nice job wreaking havoc off the edge and should be able to contribute in pass rush situations early on. At worst he should be a solid backup to Babin.
Sloan Thomas would have started at almost any other NCAA school but got caught up in a numbers game at Texas and could develop nicely at wide receiver fin Houston. B.J. Symons was a record setting passer at Texas Tech during his only starting season but is likely just a training camp arm for the Texans.
Houston came in to this draft not needing a superstar at any position yet came away with top talent at two positions as well as solid developmental players at four other areas. They infused youth into the defense and while offensive line is still a question mark, the defense and offensive skill players are headed in the right direction for this young franchise.
Reviewing the Draft: Houston Texans
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