With all the recent discussion out there about the Houston Texans and the number one draft pick, Mario Williams, its time for the others
picked on day one to get some recognition and discussion. The Texans certainly
shocked everyone with their use of the number one draft pick, but their other
first day selections weren’t far from what was expected.
In the second round during day one, the Texans used the
33rd overall pick to select DeMeco Ryans (6-1, 225), a linebacker from Alabama.
Ryans ran the 40 in 4.62 so his speed is not his best point, and he could stand
to put on some strength and size before the season starts. That being said,
Ryans is a smart linebacker who puts his heart into the game. While he isn’t
starting quality right out of the draft, I do expect him to get his shots in a
few games this season.
The third round the Texans made two very good selections
for the team. While electing to improve the defense with their first two picks
in the draft, the Texans used both the 65th and the 66th overall picks to obtain
two offensive linemen. The two newest additions to the Texans line are guard
Charles Spencer and Eric Winston.
Charles Spencer (6-5, 330) was chosen by the Texans with
their first pick in the third round. He has the size and strength a good
offensive lineman should possess. He has played the tackle position as well
during his college days at Pittsburgh, but struggled there with faster
opponents. Also played on the defensive line his first two years in college
before being moved to the offensive line. Spencer should be a solid investment
in the Texans future offensive line.
Eric Winston (6-7, 310) was placed high enough to be
selected by the Texans at the top of the second round in some mock drafts, ended
up still being available to the Texans as the 66th overall pick. Winston is a
very strong pass blocker, and that is just what the Texans need. He is strong,
quick, smart; all the things you’d expect from a solid OT. Winston did have a
knee injury in 2004, which limited him during his senior season. All
expectations are that Winston will be a staple in the Texans OL very soon.
Overall, I believe the Texans did have a decent first day.
Minus the initial disappointment I felt with the selection of Williams, I am
confident that the Texans are going to be in pretty decent shape. At least, it
has to be better than last year. I am glad to see the Texans made the decisions
to grab two young offensive linemen that should be a great asset to both Carr
and Texans fans alike.