It's time to grade the Texans on their 2006 draft. For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A. If he has started at least 24 games (1.5 seasons), he gets a B. C's are still on the team. D's are still in the NFL. F's are no longer in the NFL. Pluses and minuses are subjective.
Round One, Pick One: Mario Williams, DE, NC State
He is one of the best young pass rushers in the league and went to his first of many career Pro Bowls last year. Take 30.5 sacks in three years, add 159 tackles, and you've got a pretty complete player. Exactly what you want with your first round pick, especially the first overall. Grade: A
Round Two, Pick 22: DeMeco Ryans, MLB, Alabama
DeMeco was a starter in the 2008 Pro Bowl over Ray Lewis. Expecting that would have been insane—getting it is a blessing. Ryans has 395 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and two interceptions in three years. He is their defense. Grade: A
Round Three, Pick 65: Charles Spencer, T, Pittsburgh
Spencer started both games he appeared in as a rookie. He can play four positions on the line. He sat out the 2007 season with injury, and he didn't get into a game last year. He could make a difference now that he is completely healthy. Although Spencer was just cut from the Jaguars roster, I expect him to latch on with another team. I'm not going to downgrade him at this point, due to the nature of his injury. Grade: C
Round Three, Pick 66: Eric Winston, T, Miami (Fla.)
Eric has played in 44 games, starting 39. Any time you get a starting tackle with a mid-round choice, it's a good thing. Grade: B+
Round Four, Pick 98: Owen Daniels, TE, Wisconsin
Owen has played in 46 games, starting 44. He has accumulated 167 receptions for 1,982 yards and 10 TDs. He has made the Pro Bowl. Grade: A
Round Six, Pick 170: Wali Lundy, RB, Virginia
Wali had fantasy relevance for four games in 2006 (weeks 7-10). He did get 680 yards (rushing and receiving) and scored four TDs during his career. He was cut in 2007 after the preseason and is no longer in the NFL. Grade: F+
Round Seven, Pick 251: David Anderson, WR, Colorado State
David is still on the Texans' roster and secured his first start in 2008. For his career he has 32 receptions, 399 yards, and three TDs. Grade: C
We'll add up all of the grade points, just like you would in college (grade x credits), and we'll pretend that the first round is a seven-credit class, the second round is six, and so forth. The Texans have 30 credits, with 97.1 grade points. That gives them a GPA of 3.24.
If someone was to ask, "How do you make your team competitive?" I'd say look at this draft. If you get a Pro Bowl sack master, a Pro Bowl tackling machine, a Pro Bowl complete tight end, a good starting tackle, a sixth lineman, and a fourth string WR all in one draft, you would make your team a whole lot better.
This draft also happens to be the second best draft I have rated so far (Broncos 3.40). Check out all of my 2006 draft grades as I go through all 32 teams.
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