Helped and hurt: Houston Texans

April, 27, 2009
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Poisted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Thoughts on what veterans the Texans' eight-man draft class helped and hurt.

Helped: Running back Chris Brown

GM Rick Smith reminded people about him at the team's pre-draft press conference. I thought it wouldn't be a good move to rely on him as the potential change up for Steve Slaton. But if Brown can stay healthy after spending last year on IR with a back problem, he can be significantly better than the two undrafted rookies the Texans brought in. Arian Foster fumbled a lot at Tennessee and played better early than late in his career there and Jeremiah Johnson of Oregon is a touch shorter than the 5-9 Slaton -- hardly the inside threat the team needs.

Hurt: Tight end Joel Dreessen

The Texans went back-to-back with tight ends in the fourth and fifth round in solid-blocking Anthony Hill and athletic and versatile James Casey. They'll operate behind Pro Bowler Owen Daniels. That group now knocks Dreessen, a sixth-round pick by the Jets in 205 out of Colorado State, back to No. 4 on the depth chart. And this doesn't need to be a four-tight end team.

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ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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