Mario Williams: Was He Worth the No.1 Draft Pick?

Casey HCorrespondent IJune 6, 2008

Since 2002, we haven't been able to say the words "Houston Texans" without laughing, and for good reason.

Since they joined the league, the Texans never had a winning season. Last season was the first season that wasn't a complete failure, when they went 8-8. However, I can't really blame them since they play in the same division as the Colts, Jaguars, and Titans.

But a team can't suck forever right?...

Right. The reason why is a guy by the name of Mario Williams. The first overall pick of the 2006 draft. He is an elite player with special abilities.

In his first season in the NFL, Williams struggled to get anything going. People questioned if Houston made a mistake by not taking Reggie Bush, especially since he was part of one of the most dominate offenses in 2006.

The next year, the Texans chose DT Amobi Okoye to help that defensive line get going. But Mario still continued to struggle. By week 11 he recorded only four sacks, which I don't think is enough for the first overall pick of the draft.

But then something happened. He got a sack against the Saints in week 11. Then, the next game he got another, and then another. In week 15, against the Broncos, he put up 3.5 sacks.

By the end of the season he had a total of 14 sacks and was tied for third overall. He also had two forced fumbles, including a recovery for a touchdown.

We can all continue to laugh at the Texans but eventually they will shut us up, and I can guarantee Mario Williams will be part of that.

So to answer the question of was he worth the No. 1 draft pick, the answer is yes. I believe he will continue to show us why.