Texans fill out roster
in expansion draft
By Christian Schmidt
Daily Cougar Staff
The Houston Texans took 19 players in Monday's
expansion draft. Offensive tackle Tony Boselli of the Jacksonville Jaguars
was the first player taken in the draft.
The Texans opted to go a different route
with their expansion draft than past teams, choosing a few pricey veterans
rather than many less expensive players.
Boselli is a talented left tackle who has
been plagued by injuries and has played sparingly the last two years. He
carries a price tag of $6.88 million a year. Given all this,
the Texans must have felt his tremendous
ability outweighed any concerns about his health.
The New York Jets were decimated, as the
Texans took three Jet starters — offensive tackle Ryan Young and cornerbacks
Aaron Glenn and Marcus Coleman.
Glenn, a former star for Texas A&M,
returns home to play for the Texans. His counterpart with the Jets and
now the Texans, Coleman, also makes a homecoming.
Coleman is from Dallas and played for
The steal of the draft was Young. Formerly
of the New York Giants, he was a seventh-round pick in 1999 who quickly
assumed a starting role.
Young's current salary is a miniscule $563,000,
making him an incredible bargain. He is widely considered to be one of
the best young tackles in the NFL.
The Texans were unable to get any outside
linebackers, perhaps the most important position in Texans head coach Dom
Capers' defense. Jamie Sharper, an outside
linebacker in Baltimore, projects as an
inside linebacker in Capers' scheme.
It's important to remember that the 3-4
defense is based upon the premise that 250-pound rushers are fairly easy
Colleges have been great at producing this
type of player in recent years, so the Texans will probably not have much
trouble finding quality players, either through free
agency or in the middle rounds of April's
One area the Texans did address was special
teams. Return specialists Jermaine Lewis (Baltimore) and Charlie Rogers
(Seattle) should help a young offense with
improved field position.
Lewis is one of the best kick and punt
returners ever to play in the league, and Rogers has been one of the best
in recent years.
Another valuable special teams player is
Sean McDermott. McDermott is listed as a tight end, though he rarely plays
the position. He will contribute as a deep snapper
on kicks and punts. McDermott is one of
the best players in the league at an overlooked position, and at just $300,000,
he was a great pick.
The Texans made some good picks and acquired
players who will help the team both immediately and in the long term. However,
there are still many holes left to fill
through free agency and the college draft
before training camp begins this summer.
The Texans have made a good start, but
there will be many long nights for the coaching staff before the team has
a roster that is ready to start the season.