The Texans came closer than ever to capturing the first playoff berth in franchise history in 2009, finishing above .500 for the first time since entering the league in 2002. However, a 1-5 recoed against AFC South foes helped derail their postseason dreams. That said, Houston made progress in many areas last season, particularly on defense. But don't look for the Texans to be complacent on on "D", with a few more playmakers, this might become a top-caliber group. On the cusp for several years, is this the season Houston finally breaks through?
The 2009 draft looks to be an outstanding one, after one year. Beginning with USC outside linebacker Brian Cushing, the defensive Rookie of the Year who was also voted to the Pro Bowl. Cornerback Glover Quin started the last 12 games and played well against both the run and pass. Defensive end Connor Barwin, guard Antoine Caldwell, Rice tight end James Casey ans corner Brice McCain all prove their worth last season in getting serious playing time. Caldwell, Barwin and Quin look to all start this year.
Houston owns the picks 20, 51, 81, 118, 150, 187, 197(from San Diego) and 227.