The Houston Texans could be the best team in the AFC South for the 2010 NFL season and their draft strategy solidifies the belief. Houston entered the NFL Draft with a perceived need of a running back but jumped at talented cornerback Kareem Jackson from Alabama. The pick was a surprise but it directly reflected Houston’s confidence in their draft strategy.
Houston Texans first NFL Draft pick and 20th overall Kareem Jackson.
Kareem Jackson, a cornerback out of Alabama, surprised some NFL Draft experts but they obviously had their reasons. With Kyle Wilson thought to be the consensus pick, Houston must have liked the chemistry with Jackson in this spot and the talent drop off is not significant. Jackson will be a solid cover man and may fit in better with Houston’s defense. Jackson will be playing in every NFL game in his first season.
Houston Texans second NFL Draft pick and 58th overall Ben Tate.
Ben Tate, a running back coming out of Auburn, is the second SEC player chosen by Houston. Tate is a banger out of the back field and will be a able to take some carries for Slaton. Tate will probably see action as an every other down back and will be an important key to Houston’s success in the 2010 NFL season. Tate will play in every game in his first NFL season and could be the number one back by the end of the season.
Houston Texans third NFL Draft pick and 81st overall Earl Mitchell.
Earl Mitchell, a defensive tackle from Arizona, can develop into a force on the inside of the Houston defensive line. Mitchell has a youthful approach to the position, meaning he plays with an exuberance that could be infectious. Mitchell will play in some defensive packages in his first NFL season.
Houston Texans fourth NFL Draft pick and 102nd overall Darryl Sharpton.
Darryl Sharpton, a solid linebacker from Miami, is a good pick up in the 102nd spot. Sharpton has the right attitude to make an impact on special teams. Sharpton may also be used to rotate in and out of the line up late in games. Sharpton will play sparingly on defense and full time on special teams in his first NFL season.
Houston Texans fifth NFL Draft pick and 118th overall Garrett Graham.
Garrett Graham, a big boy tight end from Wisconsin, will be used to back up Owen Daniels and be insurance in case Daniels goes down to injury. Graham runs great routes for a tight end and has hands to match. Playing in the Big Ten, Graham is not afraid of blocking and will deliver blows after catching balls on the run. Graham will work his way into the line up in his first NFL season.
Houston Texans sixth NFL Draft pick and 144th overall Sherrick McManis.
Sherrick McManis, a cornerback out of Northwestern, will be a bit of a project for Houston. He will have time to develop and won’t need to feel pressure to jump in the line up. McManis will sit and watch on defense but learn to tackle on special teams in his first NFL season.
Houston Texans seventh NFL Draft pick and 187th overall Shelley Smith.
Shelley Smith, the ESPN sideline reporter–no not that Shelley Smith. This Shelley Smth is an offensive guard, that hails from Colorado State of the Mountain West Conference. Smith is an athletic offensive lineman that could make Houston as a back up in his first NFL season.
Houston Texans eighth NFL Draft pick and 197th overall Trindon Holliday.
Trindon Holliday, a 5’5″ speed demon from LSU, will be trying to make Houston as a kick returner. Holliday is dynamic runner that can break off a big run at any time. If he does make Houston’s roster he will be the smallest player in the NFL. Holliday may not make the roster but he will hang on with the practice squad and possibly make the team later in the NFL season to replace any injured receivers.
Houston Texans ninth NFL Draft pick and 227th overall Dorin Dickerson.
Dorin Dickerson, a tight end from Penn State, Dickerson fell down the NFL Draft boards. The Texans may have the steal of the NFL Draft with Dickerson, who scored 10 touchdowns in his senior year. Dickerson, can be used as an H back or in the flat out of the tight end spot. Dickerson will see plenty of time in his first NFL season and grow to be a favorite target of Matt Schaub.
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