“Hindsight is always 20/20, but looking back it’s still a bit fuzzy.”
Since we’re gearing up for the draft, I thought I’d just throw out something fun for us to kick around. The point? There really isn’t one, it’s just to give us all a chance to further “get to know” each other and our past preferences. You know how when you’re talking about the Texans with friends, you have a few beers, and the sadness sets in? Yeah, me too. For me, those conversations often turn into (drunken voice) “now iff I waas the gerenal marnager… auuuh, I woould have taken Revis in ’07 over Amoobi *BELCH*”
You get the idea. I’m also going to include the #11 pick from each of these seasons, just as a completely irrelevant reference point since the Texans are picking in that spot this year. Also keep in mind that when I say “the guy I wanted,” I mean guys who were a realistic option when Houston’s draft slot came up. For example, in 2007 when the Texans drafted Amobi Okoye, of course I WANTED Adrian Peterson, but he was never going to be available. For a bonus, I’ll include my “unrealistic most wanted” as well.
The pick: QB David Carr
The guy I wanted: DE Julius Peppers (Panthers)
I’m a FIRM believer in building a team from front to back (as you’ll see following this choice). So yeah, I was a Peppers guy. He turned out to be a dominant player, and Carr turned out to be a legend in Houston for all the wrong reasons.
Unrealistic most wanted: N/A with the number one pick.
#11 – DE Dwight Freeney (Colts)
The pick: WR Andre Johnson
The guy I wanted: DT Dewayne Robertson (Jets)
Sigh. Yeah, I really nailed that one. I guess I just didn’t think that a guy – a WR no less – from Miami who wasn’t brash and obnoxious could make it as a star in the NFL. Oops. Meanwhile, Robertson isn’t even in the league anymore.
Unrealistic most wanted: N/A
#11 - CB Marcus Trufant (Seahawks)
The picks: CB Dunta Robinson, OLB Jason Babin
The guy I wanted: CB DeAngelo Hall (Falcons)
Hall ended up going just two spots ahead of Dunta. I had no problem getting Robinson, but I was really hoping Hall would slide a couple more slots.
Unrealistic most wanted: OT Robert Gallery (Raiders)
Noticing a trend so far? D-line, D-line, O-line… and a couple of them not so good.
#11 – QB Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)
The pick: DT Travis Johnson
The guy I wanted: OLB Derrick Johnson (Chiefs)
Missed him by a pick. He went right before Travis Johnson.
Unrealistic most wanted: RB Cedric Benson (Bears)
The Texans weren’t exactly in dire need of a RB at the time with Dominick Williams coming off a decent season, but I really thought Benson was going to be a special player. Oops again. Also, my Longhorn homerism was definitely showing in this year.
#11 – OLB DeMarcus Ware (Cowboys)
The pick: DE Mario Williams
The guy I wanted: OT D’Brickashaw Ferguson (Jets)
I was so not on the Reggie Bush or Vince Young wagon… but Brick was the guy I wanted. When news came down of the Mario pick, I was in Vancouver of all places. I was shocked that they didn’t take Bush, but I was definitely good with Mario being the guy if it wasn’t going to be Brick.
Unrealistic most wanted: N/A
#11 – QB Jay Cutler (Broncos)
The pick: DT Amobi Okoye
The guy I wanted: CB Leon Hall (Bengals)
I wish I could say the guy I wanted was Darrelle Revis, but I liked Hall over him. Hall has turned out to be one of the better CBs in the league, but Revis is in the running for the best at his position in the whole NFL. All that said, I’m not gonna lie – I was very happy with the Amobi Okoye pick. I thought he would go before the Texans picked, so I was pleasantly surprised.
Unrealistic most wanted: RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) /SS LaRon Landry (Redskins)
I would have done naked backflips through the streets if one of these guys had fallen to Houston.
#11 – MLB Patrick Willis
The pick: OT Duane Brown
The guy I wanted: CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Cardinals)
Nobody saw the Brown pick coming until the Texans traded down. I was not a fan of that pick. I was really wanting OT Chris Williams for the longest time, but I got caught up in the Blogosphere hysteria and put all my eggs in the DRC basket. Unfortunately, the Cardinals snatched him up. I could hear computers being smashed all over Houston as I was blogging during the draft.
Unrealistic most wanted: OT Ryan Clady (Broncos)
Who DIDN’T want Clady? He’s turned out to be a two-time All Pro selection, with a lot of great years ahead of him.
#11 – CB Leodis McKelvin (Bills)
The pick: LB Brian Cushing
The guy I wanted: LB Clay Matthews (Packers)
After his rookie performance, I was certainly happy with the Cushing pick, but Matthews was the guy I wanted. Of course, it’s debatable how well he would have performed in the 4-3, and not just the 4-3, but Frank Bush’s 4-3. Matthews is likely about to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and appears to be a superstar in the making. Cushing was headed that way too, but we have no idea where his career is going after his performance and the PED controversy of 2010.
Unrealistic most wanted: DT BJ Raji (Packers)
The Packers are doing everything they can to make me a fan, but it’s not going to work. Keep your Super Bowl appearance, and your Clay, and your Raji… I’ll just keep being miserable down here in Houston, thanks. *groan*
#11 – DE Aaron Maybin (Bills)
The pick: CB Kareem Jackson
The guy I wanted: DT Dan Williams (Cardinals)
I guess it’s worth noting that the (realistic) CB I wanted most was Devin McCourty… but the guy I really wanted was Williams. Of course, I knew there was no shot the Texans would take him. A big DT? PSSHH, never!
Unrealistic most wanted: DT Ndamukong Suh (Lions)
You guys know how much I love Suh. The clincher for me was on draft day, while all the other top picks were sniveling, crying and hugging the commissioner, Suh just looked like he was pissed off and ready to hurt someone. That’s my kind of football player. Is it too late to trade our entire draft class for Suh? SUUUUUUH!!!!!!
#11 – OT Anthony Davis (49ers)
Alright, have some fun with that one. Kick it around. Who did you have? This is your chance to look smart… just remember, the honor system is in place.