The Expansion Texans- What Could Have Been.

Dustin RoederCorrespondent IMay 8, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - 2008:  Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Getty Images)

So I wrote a "How I would have built the team" article. It wasn't good. Too much if this, then that stuff. So I'm just going to throw out some random thoughts I had.

Why didn't the Texans sign Jeff Blake before the 2002 draft? At that point they only had Danny Weurffel on the roster. Rob Johnson, and Charlie Batch were both speculated to be released, as well as Atlanta's Chris Chandler. Jeff George was already a free agent. Then since they have a QB, they would (should) have taken the guy who went next. Some scary pass rusher- a guy named Julius Peppers.

Also in 2002 in Round three, they took a big beefy NT, Charles Hill. Now I know line is important, but you've got 2 DTs- Gary Walker, and Seth Payne. Why not take a RB, C, or LB. I personally would have taken a Center so I could at least protect the QB a little, and hopefully run the football. So, that would have been Seth McKinney. (the LB was Akin Ayodele, and RB Brian Westbrook, but who knew how good they were going to be)

With only Jabar Gaffney, and a few return guys as WRs, why not sign WR Michael Westbrook? I know he was injured, but take a chance.

Also, there isn't a MLB on the roster. London Fletcher anyone? yes sign me up.

The only thing that bugged me about the 2003 draft was Benny Joppru. I realize that the O has no TE. I realize you need another pass catcher. But we can already run the ball a little bit. We couldn't stop Texas A&M from scoring 8-10 touchdowns against us if they didn't take it easy in the second half of games. So, I would have taken a CB, S, or DE. Taking the Best Player Available (or the next draft choice in this matter), I would have selected S Ken Hamlin. That would have worked too.

The only problems that come of this? The Texans would have been too good to draftΒ  Dunta Robinson #10 overall in 2004, and wouldn't have had the ammunition to trade up for Jason Babin.


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