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    Ranking every draft class in Houston Texans franchise history

    15. 2005 Best pick: C.C. Brown, safety, sixth round
    Why it's No. 15: The returns at the top were just brutal. First-round pick Travis Johnson gave the Texans all of two sacks in four disappointing seasons at defensive tackle. Running back Vernand Morency, a third-round pick, lasted less than two seasons before being cut. Jerome Mathis, a fourth-rounder, made the Pro Bowl as a kick returner in 2005, but otherwise was a non-factor. Brown, however, beat the odds for a sixth-rounder, starting 47 of 50 games in his four seasons in Houston.

    14. 2007 Best pick: Jacoby Jones, WR, third round
    Why it's No. 14: The Texans' first-round pick, DT Amobi Okoye, is one of the biggest busts in franchise history. Jones ended up being a difference-maker, but it was in Baltimore, where he helped the Ravens win a Super Bowl. The rest of the draft class was pretty forgettable.

    13. 2002 Best pick: Chester Pitts, OT, second round
    Why it's No. 13: The Texans' first draft class was far from great, but it's hard to be too critical of an expansion team that was going to take its lumps regardless. Carr had tools, but was doomed to fail behind a subpar offensive line. Second-round pick Jabar Gaffney started 50 games at receiver over four years, but hardly was a difference-maker. Pitts started every game in his eight Texans seasons, so he's hands-down the best return from this draft.

    12. 2013 Best pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, first round
    Why it's No. 12: Other than starting receiver Hopkins, a first-round pick, the Texans have little to show from this class. Anybody remember Brennan Williams, Sam Montgomery or Trevardo Williams? Yeah, neither do we. The only players besides Hopkins that are still on the team four years later are David Quessenberry (sixth round) and Ryan Griffin (sixth round).

    11. 2004 Best pick: Dunta Robinson, CB, first round
    Why it's No. 11: The Texans' top two picks, first-rounders Robinson and linebacker Jason Babin, had nice careers. Robinson left after six Texans seasons to sign in Atlanta. Babin, however, lasted only two seasons in Houston before bouncing around to six other teams. Other than four seasons out of sixth-round LB Charlie Anderson, the rest of the draft netted little of consequence for the Texans.

    10. 2016 Best pick: Will Fuller, WR, first roundWhy it's No. 10: It's probably too early to grade this draft. Fuller showed flashes in his rookie season, but he also had way too many dropped passes. Second-rounder Nick Martin missed all of last season with an injury, but he's expected to start at center this season. Defensive tackle D.J. Reader – a fifth-round pick – may end up being the best pick in this class.

    9. 2008 Best pick: Duane Brown, OT, first round
    Why it's No. 9: The Texans got terrific value out of Brown at 22nd overall, and he's been a franchise staple on the offensive line. Third-round RB Steve Slaton had his moments, rushing for 1,282 yards as a rookie, but was supplanted by Arian Foster as the team's lead back. Otherwise, the pickings were slim.

    8. 2003 Best pick: Andre Johnson, WR, first round
    Why it's No. 8: With the third overall pick, the Texans got franchise icon Johnson , who was a linchpin at receiver for 12 seasons and is the best offensive player in team history. The Texans missed big in the next two rounds with tight end Bennie Joppru and quarterback Dave Ragone. They did a little better later by getting linebacker Antwan Peek in the third round and running back Domanick Davis in the fourth round.

    7: 2015 Best pick: Benardrick McKinney, LB, second round
    Why it's No. 7: The Texans hit early in the draft – first-round pick Kevin Johnson and second-round pick Benardrick McKinney look like they could be cornerstones in the Texans defense for years to come, as long as Johnson stays healthy. After that things, get rough. Jaelen Strong is looking like he won't be a contributor, despite being picked in the third round. The team have gotten a nice surprise with the emergence of Christian Covington as a sixth-round pick.

    6. 2010 Best pick: Kareem Jackson, CB, first round
    Why it's No. 6: The Texans got a long-term starting corner in Jackson, a precious commodity in today's NFL. They also got decent use of running back Ben Tate (second round) before he left in free agency. Defensive tackle Earl Mitchell (third round), tight end Garrett Graham (fourth round) and linebacker Darryl Sharpton (fourth round) all were contributors.

    5. 2012 Best pick: Whitney Mercilus, LB, first round
    Why it's No. 5: Picking at No. 26 - the same aspot as this year's draft - the Texans landed a defensive cornerstone in linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Third-round pick Brandon Brooks and fourth-rounder Ben Jones were both key cogs in the offensive line before leaving via free agency. Fourth-rounder Jared Crick also was a key contributor. On the minus side, third-round receiver DeVier Posey was a non-factor.

    4. 2009 Best pick: Brian Cushing, LB, first round
    Why it's No. 4: The Texans nabbed a number of quality players, including defensive end Connor Barwin, safety Glover Quin, tight end James Casey and cornerback Brice McCain. Only Cushing remains with the team, but it was a decent haul of players who started a lot of games in Houston.

    3: 2014 Best pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, first round
    Why it's No. 3: This draft class gets a bit of a bad rap, because the Texans took Xavier Su'a-Filo in the second round instead of Derek Carr. That pick obviously is regrettable, but it's hard to argue about the success of Clowney. The Texans also hit big in the late rounds, getting Tom Savage – who looks like he will be the team's starting quarterback – in the fourth round, running back Alfred Blue and fullback Jay Prosch in the sixth round and starting safety Andre Hal in the seventh round.

    2. 2011 Best pick: J.J. Watt, DE, first round
    Why it's No. 2: The Texans got arguably the league's best player and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year with the 11th pick in Watt. He's the best player to come out of a talent-laden first round that year. Getting Watt alone is a coup, but the Texans also added Brooks Reed (second round), a serviceable linebacker for four seasons, and starting offensive lineman Derek Newton (seventh round). Also, fifth-rounder T.J. Yates was the starting QB for the first playoff win in team history.

    1. 2006 Best pick: DeMeco Ryans, LB, second round
    Why it's No. 1: This was one of the Texans' most anticipated drafts (remember the whole Mario Williams/Reggie Bush/Vince Young debate?) and they got a good amount of quantity and quality. Given how Bush's and Young's careers turned out, the Texans made the right pick with Williams. They also got great returns out of linebacker DeMeco Ryans (second round), tackle Eric Winston (third) and tight end Owen Daniels (fourth). They were all key cogs in the Texans' rise to playoff team.
    Last edited by H2O4me; 04-20-2017, 10:36 AM.
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