The State of the Houston Texans: Signings Make Draft Direction Clearer


Published: March 31, 2009


... entering the 2009 NFL Draft.

Since the team has signed these two veteran defensive linemen, Houston can now turn its attention to adding playmakers in the secondary and some quality depth at the linebacker position.


Some of the so-called "experts" are saying that Smith and Cody are not quality pick-ups, but they are definitely better than what the team had at those positions before.

Only time will tell if they were steals or wastes. Smith has postseason experience, and Cody has (from what I can see looking at stats) been a quality backup who could be a starter.

But more importantly, the acquisitions allow the Texans to focus on the other parts of their defense in the first two or three rounds of draft. They should also consider some offensive line depth and a backup for Steve Slaton in the later rounds.


My pick for the 15th pick in the first round is Malcolm Jenkins, the 6'1", 201-pounder out of Ohio State.


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