Texans Draft: Amobi Okoye Brings Youth to Houston D

Rod McMahanContributor IMay 3, 2007

IconIt's safe to say the 2007 draft won't be nearly as controversial in Houston as the 2006 version...unless of course Matt Schaub is a bust and Brady Quinn turns out to be the next big thing. 
Thanks to Quinn's round-one free-fall, the Texans could have selected the Notre Dame QB—but had already pegged their future to the ex-Atlanta Falcons signal caller.
After some rumors that the team was ready to trade down, the Texans held onto the 10th pick in the first round and went with defensive tackle Amobi Okoye.
At 19 years of age, Okoye is the youngest player ever drafted in the NFL.  His story is an interesting one:  Born in Nigeria, he started elementary school at two, then entered college at 15 and was playing for Louisville a year later. He graduated in three-and-a-half years with a degree in psychology.
Going into the draft, the Texans had needs at DT, OL, WR, and CB.  In Okoye, they got the best player on the board who fit one of those needs.
Personally, I like the pick.  I was a little surprised Amobi was still available at 10, as many mock drafts had him going earlier.  The selection bolsters an up-and-coming defense that already features Dunta Robinson, Mario Williams, and DeMeco Ryans. After using four consecutive first-round choices on defenders, the time is now for the Texans to start shutting down opposing offenses.
Other draft selections for Houston:  WR Jacoby Jones - Lane College (3rd round); CB Fred Bennett - South Carolina (4th round); S Brandon Harrison - Stanford (5th round); OT Brandon Frye - Virginia Tech (5th round); G Kasey Studdard - Texas (6th round);  LB Zach Daniels (7th round) - Kansas State.
Because of the Schaub trade, the Texans had no second-round pick.  The team picked up an extra fifth-round selection by swapping fourth-rounders with the Saints.
Grading a draft before anybody plays is silly, but it appears on paper that Houston did a nice job addressing their needs.  Only time will tell if the moves made this weekend were the right ones—and fans can only hope. 
The Texans, after all, have seen enough bad luck and bonehead moves in their short history.