A Look Back at The 2006 NFL Draft: Mario Williams

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Published: April 5, 2009


... surprisingly selected Mario Williams out of North Carolina State. The pick was not received well by a lot fans, including myself. The Texans could have picked Reggie Bush, the USC star and Heisman winner, or Vince Young, the hometown kid who won a national championship. Instead they opted to pick a defender. Now, it’s time to look back at all three players, and decide whether or not the Texans made the right choice.

Mario Williams was not on the radar of many Texans fans, but he got selected. In 2005, his junior year, Williams recorded 14.5 sacks in 12 games. Want intrigued the Texans the most, I think, was his work ethic. Williams had a 3.68 GPA, and reportedly study in the library on Friday and Saturday nights. His rookie season was one to forget. He only had 4.5 sacks, despite playing all 16 games.

However; in 2007 the tide turned. He recorded 14 sacks and forced two fumbles on his way to being named 2nd team All-Pro. Last season, Williams was named...

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