The Houston Texans follow many draft philosophies or patterns. For instance, the Texans haven’t drafted a safety prior to round five during Rick Smith’s tenure as general manager. Additionally, the Texans have drafted a defensive player in the first round every season except one since Gary Kubiak took over in 2006.
A lot of those patterns could change this draft for the Texans. Kubiak and Smith have put the draft largely in newly hired defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ hands so he can work a miracle in his first season as he has done several times before.
One thing is guaranteed to stay the same though. As long as Bob McNair owns the Texans, they will not draft players with character concerns, otherwise known as off-the-field issues.
McNair has made it a priority to collect athletes that the city of Houston can be proud of. For this reason, it has widely been understood by Texans fans that you might as well quit dreaming of players that have loads of talent but showed an inability to stay out of even the most minor of infractions in college.
The only exception to this rule is Brian Cushing, who was taken by the Texans despite rampant rumors of performance enhancing drug use. It should be noted, however, that Cushing had a stellar reputation besides the PED rumors, so maybe Mr. McNair’s character concerns do not extend to steroids.
What if for one season though, it was different? What if this year Mr. McNair wanted to win so bad, that he threw his hang-ups about character out of the window?
This would never happen, but in the hypothetical situation that suddenly left Mr. McNair seeking the talent in the worst places, this is what I think the seven rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft might look like for the Houston Texans.
For this exercise, I selected players that fit immediate needs for the Texans in the last round that they could be picked before they were scooped up by teams with less concerns over character. These players range from serious off the field issues, to minor infractions that may not take them out of consideration.
*Author's Note: These are not necessarily players that I would like to see drafted by the Texans. Some are, but some I wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole. This was simply an exercise in the hypothetical to highlight players that are probably NOT on the Texans draft board. Thanks.
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