The Houston Texans completed a successful 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday. Counting first round pick Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins from Clemson, the Texans had nine total picks in the 7-round Draft. They had one pick in the second round, D.J. Swearinger from South Carolina. He is a 5’10”, 208 lb. strong safety.
In round three, Houston garnered two more athletes they feel can help them in the upcoming season. Offensive Tackle Brennan Williams from North Carolina is 6’6” tall and weighs 318 lbs., and Outside Linebacker Sam Montgomery from LSU is 6’3” and weighs 262 lbs.
In round four, the Texans had one pick. Outside Linebacker Trevardo Williams from Connecticut is 6’ 1” and weighs 241 lbs. Houston did not have any picks in round 5 or round 7.
In round 6, their most productive round, they had four picks. Offensive Tackle David Quessenberry from San Jose State, 6’5”, 302 lbs., Wide Receiver Alan Bonner from Jacksonville State, 5’10”, 193 lbs., Defensive Tackle Chris Jones from Bowling Green, 6’2”, 302 lbs., and Tight End Ryan Griffin from Connecticut, 6’6”, 247 lbs.
At the conclusion of the annual Draft Texans General Manager Rick Smith and Head Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media to assess the rookie crop selected by the team.
Smith was asked if he had any regrets about the results the team had from the Draft. “From my perspective, we didn’t miss on any positions. I didn’t go into the draft thinking we had to get anything. From that perspective no, but there are always times when you are lining players
up that you are contemplating picking and they may go right before your pick or two or three before yours. That happens every year. That’s why you have to have multiple options and you have to be ready to adjust if that happens. That happens all the time. That’s why we have the entire board stacked the way we have it so we know what the next option is.”
On Kubiak was asked his thoughts on first round pick DeAndre Hopkins who is expected to start opposite Andre Johnson at Wide Receiver this season. “We’ve spent a lot of time with him in Indianapolis and just very impressive young man. I like guys with a career path, as Rick (Smith) mentioned. This guy’s got an excellent one. It just seemed like the bigger the game got the more competitive he would get. In our league everybody is good and you better have that special edge and this young man has it. I know he will fit in our locker room very well. We’ve got a big need for him to step in and help us real quickly. I felt great about him.”
Time will tell, but at first glance, it appears the Texans drafted the best available athlete on each occasion and it also appears that those picks match up well with areas the team needed to shore up on to be able to move to the next level and challenge for the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the conclusion of the upcoming 2013 season.