Friday, April 29, 2011
Texans do nice work on D in three picks
By Paul Kuharsky
In a 49-pick span, the Houston Texans look to have given their defense just the sort of talent influx it needed.
Wade Phillips is wielding his influence and the fans who fill Reliant Stadium have cause to feel pretty good.
The team has added a big, quick, play-making end at No. 11 in Wisconsin’s J.J. Watt; a speedy pass-rushing strongside linebacker in Arizona’s Brooks Reed at No. 42; and a well-rounded, if short, corner in Miami’s Brandon Harris after trading up with New England to No. 60.
I like it. It’s enough to help me get over missing out on Aaron Williams or Rahim Moore.
I still think they undervalue safety. But perhaps they’ll chase Eric Weddle or Melvin Bullitt if there is a conventional free agency. Perhaps Harris will allow for Glover Quin to move to free safety.
Yes, they’ll be mentioned as a potential suitor for Nnamdi Asomugha. I don’t see the free agent purse opening wide enough to fit that stack of bills through. I don’t think you can go wrong adding him, though at some point you have to draw a financial line.
Who would have thought after two rounds it might feel as if a move of that size might not be necessary for the Texans to get good enough on defense to win.
Some nuggets on Harris from KC Joyner of Scouts Inc. from this piece :
- In an 11-game sample of his 2010 season, Harris gave up only nine completions in 36 attempts.
- He gave up a 3.7 overall YPA, a 3.8 vertical YPA (on passes 11+ yards) and a 4.1 stretch vertical YPA (20+ yards).