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Immedaite Analysis on Day 2 of the Draft

Day 2 of the NFL Draft saw the Texans add depth across the board.  While I’m not sure that the Texans followed a take the best available player approach, this year’s draft class should provide immediate impact.  The Texans may have drafted to fill the pending holes at corner and tight end if Dunta Robinson and Owen Daniels are not locked up long term.

3rd round pick Antoine Caldwell could start his year.  He brings athleticism and strength to the center position.  He can hold up at the point of attack and is bigger and stronger than current starter Chris Myers.  At worst, Caldwell brings depth to the interior offensive line.

4th round pick CB Glover Quin is a tremendous athlete.  He is an incredible leaper and has the size and speed to match up with NFL receivers.  He should contribute in the nickle or dime this season.  If Dunta Robinson does not stick with the Texans after this season, the team has greater depth than any other season and can afford the hit if Dunta leaves.  The other 4th round pick, this one from the Sage trade, netted the best blocking tight end in the draft.  Some have called North Carolina State’s Anthony Hill a third tackle on running downs.  Consider this a younger, faster Mark Breunner.

Rice’s James Casey was a bit of a surprise, but could replace Owen Daniels.  Casey is both intelligent (3.82 GPA and triple major at Rice) and versatile (played 7 positions in college) and will be an immediate contributor.  This was a great pick, even if the need was not so high.  I think this was the Texans both covering their bases and taking the best available player at the same time.  I love this pick.

Utah’s Brice McCain is one of the fastest corner backs in the draft.  HE may be slightly under sized at 5’9″ but is feisty and athletic.  He could contribute this year but I look at this pick as a long term pick, especially with Robinson’s unresolved situation.  At worst, the special teams have increased speed and athleticism with McCain on board.

In the 7th round, the Texas tabbed Troy Nolan, a safety out of Arizona State.  While not blessed with elite speed, Nolan is a play maker.  He intercepted six passes in 2007 and returned two for touchdowns.  In 2008, Nolan picked off another four passes and took another two to the house.  Nolan should make the team and help on second teams in 2009.  In the future, he could play in the middle of the field.

All in all, the Texans added depth to the defense.  Hopefully, some of that depth translates into more turnovers and big plays.  Adding corners and tight ends may help in the event Dunta Robinson or Owen Daniels leave Houston after 2009.  In free agency, look for the Texans to add more depth for mini camp.  Some of the undrafted free agents could make the team, specifically in the defensive backfield and perhaps even a bigger running back to complement Steve Slaton.

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One Response to “Immedaite Analysis on Day 2 of the Draft”

  1. Trey says:

    I was pleased overall for most of what you mentioned. The Caldwell pick and the Casey pick I especially like. Caldwell should toughen up the interior line and Casey’s just a guy that’s gonna make plays when he gets chances. The Quin pick kind of threw me off since D.J. Moore was still available at the time, but whatever. We needed to get depth all around on defense, and I think we did that AND added some playmakers this offseason. Hopefully it pays off.

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