The Houston Texans have relied on a young core of players in recent years to make an effort towards qualifying for the playoffs.
Stars such as Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Owen Daniels, DeMeco Ryans, Brian Cushing, and Mario Williams have led the Texans to the precipice of playoff contention in 2009.
Over the past few seasons, players such as Steve Slaton (the 2008 version, mind you), Glover Quin, and Cushing, have helped inch the Texans towards their goal of playing amongst the league's best.
In order to finally make the big dance, the Texans will need more help from this year's crop of rookies. Major contributions will be necessary from players such as Kareem Jackson and Ben Tate. But it will take more than a few good plays from a couple of rookies to steer the Texans to the playoffs.
Let's take a look at each of the rookies and what they can be expected to do in 2010 and beyond.