Houston Texans Final Draft Report Card

The 08 draft produced a mid round star in RB Steve Slaton and two projected starters in Duane Brown and Xavier Adibi. DT Frank Okam (5), DS Dominique Barber (6), struggled as rookies and DC Antwaun Molden (3) looked out of his element. QB Alex Brink will battle Orlovsky for the back up role.

Houston Texans Grade -B- NO RD Name Pos School HT WT 40 Grade
15 1 Cushing, Brian OB USC 6027v 243v 4.68v 1.131
46 2 Barwin, Connor DE Cincinnati 6035v 256v 4.58v 1.210
77 3 Caldwell, Antoine OC Alabama 6044v 307v 5.28v 1.784
112 4 Quin, Glover DC New Mexico 5106v 204v 4.52v 1.900
122 4 Hill, Anthony TE No Carolina St 6050v 262v 4.86v 1.500
152 5 Casey, James TE Rice 6033v 246v 4.77v 1.280
188 6 McCain, Brice DC Utah 5090v 181v 4.31v 1.741
223 7 Nolan, Troy DS Arizona St 6005v 206v 4.65v 1.630

I thought the Texans got off to a good start with the drafting of Brian Cushing and Connor Barwin. Both are multi talented athletes who in the right system will flourish. Barwin only played one season on the defensive side of the ball and was a true force as a nickel pass rusher. Beyond this point, I thought the club reached on virtually every remaining selection. I personally didn't see third round selection as any better than a seventh rounder or priority free agent. I thought he showed some initial quicks and was able to roll his hips, but did virtually nothing after contact (never able to get movement or establish a new line of scrimmage) On pass protection he had real problems dropping his hips and building a fort. The ability to move people around in the trenches is not just a critical factor, it's essential for offensive continuity. The two tight ends drafted in rounds four and five are totally different in terms in size and playing style. NC State' Anthony Hill is one of the top blocking tight ends in the country but is limited in terms of speed and receiving ability. James Casey, a former quarterback on the other hand is primarily a slot receiver or H-back prospect who was (to be kind) a marginal blocker at the point of attack. Brice McCain of Utah is a little guy with rare speed. Both he and 4th round selection Glover Quin have a chance to factor as substitute package (nickel and dime) and special team players. I heard a lot of good things about safety Troy Nolan prior to the 2008 season, but to be honest with the readers, I was disappointed in his play (missed far too many tackler and was marginal in coverage.

FRANCHISE PICK: Brian Cushing
QUICKEST TO START: Brian Cushing
FASTEST TO PRO BOWL: Brian Cushing
BEST IN 3 YEARS: Connor Barwin
OVERRATED: Antoine Caldwell
UNDERRATED: Anthony Hill
PROJECT: Brice McCain
BEST COLLEGE F.A.: Toddrick Verdell (LB)
TOP TALENT SCOUT: Larry Bryan
HUH?: Antoine Caldwell

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