We can go ahead and call this the Denver Broncos connection. General Manger Rick Smith was hired from the Broncos in 2006, and 2010 will be his fourth draft with the Houston Texans. Gary Kubiak also came from the Broncos coaching staff and although his background is in offense, three of the four first round picks made during his tenure have been defensive players. They will be joined in the Texans war room by Director of Pro Personnel Brian Gardner, Dale Strahm their Director of College Scouting, and of course their full complement of College scouts.
What we know about this group is the seem to work very well together. Kubiak and Smith have a synergy that allows them to think like one, and they can transfer their knowledge to the rest of the Texans draft day staff. They are most likely to trade down and pick up extra picks over trading up for a specific player. The Texans still have enough needs that adding extra draft picks would be the preferred option. The Texans seem to be a team more concerned with adding quality depth, than a super star player in the draft. The Texans are a good enough team now, where they do not have to rely on rookies to come in and make an immediate impact. Of course that could change this year as their primary need is at RB.
Over the past five years the Texans have done a fairly good job on draft day. In this time period they have made 35 draft picks. Three of those have gone onto the pro bowl, 12 are starters, and 12 are backups. This may be the best stat only 11 of them are out of the league or playing for other teams. That is a fine record, which would be impressive on any team.
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