The Houston Texans made an official statement yesterday
announcing that both third round picks have been signed to the team. Offensive
linemen Charles Spencer and Eric Winston are the last draft picks to sign
contracts with the team. I was revealed to the Texan Blitz last week that
Spencer had completed an agreement with the Texans, but the statement from the
Texans late yesterday confirms those facts.
Anxious fans have been waiting for this news. Several
weeks ago Rick Smith, the Texans new general manager, announced that he would
have all draft picks signed before training camp begins. Smith met his promised
deadline, signing all remaining draft picks before camp is scheduled to start
this Friday. The Texans have signed every draft choice made in franchise
history to a contract prior to training camp.
The signing of Eric Winston (6-7, 310) was the big news.
Winston had been the last draft pick that remained unsigned, and fans were
preparing themselves for possible shifty tactics by Winston’s agent Drew
Rosenhaus. However, the positioning was unneeded and unnecessary as the Texans
become the first team to sign all draft picks this season.
Winston was the second pick of the third round made by the
Texans. He was selected 66th overall and was the second offensive
lineman taken by the Texans, just behind the 65th pick Charles
Spencer. Winston is a Texas native, born in Midland, Texas. He played college
football at the University of Miami as a tight end during his freshman year.
His sophomore year he moved to tackle and started every game. During his
collegiate career, Winston was endowed with All-ACC first team honors and
All-American second team honors.
Having all draft picks signed going into training camp is a
great motivator for the team. All the players on the field know now that his
teammates are ready to play and make the most out of the 2006 season. I’m sure
everyone is chomping at the bit to get out there and prove that the Texans are
not the same team as last season.
Unfortunately for FB Nick Luchey and S Jamaal Lord, they
had to be released in order to make room for the two rookies to be on the