Texans Owed Apologies? Maybe M. Williams Wasn't Such a Poor Choice, After All

Everyone (including me) who assailed the Houston Texans for taking defensive end Mario Williams over tailback Reggie Bush and quarterback Vince Young with the top overall selection in last year's draft might need to reassess.

While Bush and Young have their ups and downs, Williams has become one of the league's top pass rushers in his second NFL season.

He had 3-1/2 sacks of Denver quarterback Jay Cutler during the Texans' triumph over the Broncos on Thursday night. Williams has seven sacks in the Texans' last three games and 13 on the season, putting him a half-sack behind the Seattle Seahawks' Patrick Kerney for the NFL lead.

By Mark Maske |  December 14, 2007; 11:10 AM ET  | Category:  Texans
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He's not a pass rusher -- he's a DT who happens to get a lot of pressure on the QB too...like Sapp.

Posted by: NM | December 14, 2007 1:01 PM

Good call w/ the apology, but what I'm interested in are the Redskins getting a top/young DE. I think they should do everything to get Chris Long (another UVa like Patrick Kerney). This guy is just unbelievable to watch play.

Posted by: Wahoo Tim | December 14, 2007 1:03 PM

Chris Long has always had a lot of potential, and obviously the pedigree is there (Howie's son). He's going to be a top 10 pick.

I would warn, however, this kid was consider pretty average, if not below before this year. The 'Skins need some youth on the line to protect their biggest asset, Campbell. They could also use a bigger reciever that isn't hampered by constant groin and quad issues.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | December 14, 2007 1:06 PM

Re: Chris Long. Of course I'm partial to Long b/c of being a UVa alum/fan. But I believe part of Long not being on the national scene before this year is b/c of the system. In a 3-4 the DEs are more space eaters than in a 4-3, it is designed to make the LBs look good. He has the size to play DT and the best quickness on the team.

I agree w/ the previous post saying the Skins could use some O-line youth and a bigger WR. I'd also throw in a new FS. Doughty isn't going to be a long term solution to a horrible problem. I sincerely hope we address all of these issues in the draft (which means we won't get Long... alas another UVa DE going to another team... why we passed Chris Canty to select Manuel White (FB who has done 0 for the Skins) instead still baffles me. Ug.

Posted by: Wahoo Tim | December 14, 2007 3:37 PM

Between Mario Williams with the first overall pick and LB DeMeco Ryans with the first pick in the second round, the Texans now appear to have drafted very well last year and have two guys to anchor their D for many years to come. At this pace, they could be next year's Cleveland.

Posted by: kenjab | December 14, 2007 4:23 PM

I never said it was a bad move to pick Mario Williams.

I said it was a bad move to pick Mario Williams first overall when they so clearly could have traded down just a couple of spots, added draft picks and STILL taken Williams after Bush and Young were off the board.

That is where they mismanaged the draft, not the selection itself, simply it's placement.

Posted by: Ryan | December 17, 2007 4:27 PM

Draft order was:
1) Houston (M. Williams)
2) New Orleans (Bush)
3) Tennessee (VY)

New Orleans had already signed Brees, so they were out of the market for a QB.

Pretty much the only scenarios that Houston had to trade down and still get Williams were to either trade with NO and hope they took Bush or trade with Tennessee and hope they took VY and NO took Bush.

Of course, why would Tennessee trade up to #1 to pick VY? Bush was the consensus #1 and NO didn't need a QB. VY would, very likely, be there for them.

Why would NO trade up one slot? They wanted either Bush or Williams and were obviously happy to take which ever Houston left for them.

It's nice to say "trade down and still get who you wanted", but you need a viable trade partner for that

Posted by: Mike | December 18, 2007 12:11 PM

NM, Mario's a DT?

Posted by: AnthonyfromHouston | December 18, 2007 11:19 PM

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