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2011 NFL Draft Results: The Houston Texans Select Quarterback T.J. Yates

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 13:  T.J. Yates #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drops back to throw a pass against the Virginia Tech Hokies during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Jake LangenkampCorrespondent IIIApril 30, 2011

The newest member of the Houston Texans is T.J. Yates after being selected 152th in the 2011 NFL draft.  Yates is a quarterback from the University of North Carolina.  The Texans acquired the 152nd after trading down with the Redskins from the 105th pick.

My initial impression is that I am ambivalent this pick.  Yates is a good candidate for grooming by quarterback specialist Gary Kubiak.  He was a high-character guy who can manage the game well.  Yates was a four-year starter at North Carolina.

While struggling at times earlier in his career with interceptions, he improved to a 19-to-9 TD to interception ratio in his senior year, despite missing his best target in Greg Little.  Yates has substandard arm strength but a decent size for the NFL though, which is why he was slated as a late-round draft pick.

My first reaction is that this is an ok step for the offense.  Yates will likely be the third quarterback on the roster next season when Matt Leinart walks.  Hopefully, he supplants Dan Orlovsky in year two as he would likely be more dependable than a backup who doesn’t know where his helmet is on the sidelines.

I don’t mind the break from picking defensive players, but I would have liked to see a wide receiver or even offensive linemen picked over a quarterback.  Denarius Moore, one of my favorite deep threats in the draft, was selected right before the Texans picked.  Maybe the Texans are truly following their board this year.

What is your opinion about T.J. Yates? 

Let your opinion be known in the comments, or hit me up on twitter (@JakeBRB).

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