Drafting Kevin Johnson Was A Mistake


Player X was projected to go in the top ten by many analysts.  Player X was also reported to be “coveted” by the Texans brass.  Player X was available when the Texans picked and he wasn’t taken.

Player Y was the fourth best player at a position of need for the Texans.  Player Y possesses a trait Bill O’Brien has said he wants to add, speed.  Player Y was available when the Texans were on the clock and was one of the best players available.  Player Y was not taken.

Player Z was projected to go late in the first round by many experts.  Player Z is a talented player, but not the best available.  He’s the best player available at a position that is not of immediate need for the Texans.  This need could also easily be addressed later in the draft.  Player Z was the ultimate selection.

In case you haven’t figured it out on your own, Player X was Bud Dupree, Player Y was Breshad Perriman, and Player Z was Kevin Johnson.

I want to start this off by saying Kevin Johnson is a good football player and I don’t think he’ll be a bust, but the Texans had so many different directions to go with the sixteenth one, and Johnson was the wrong decision.

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  • At this point in time, corner is not a glaring need on this roster.  The first round is an opportunity to find a plug-and-play starter at a position of need.  Bud Dupree would’ve started immediately for the Texans and would’ve been a Houston Texan for a long time.  Jadeveon Clowney might not be ready to start the year, so you know who’s starting opposite of  Whitney Mercilus to start the year?  John Simon.

    People use the argument that Jonathan Joseph is in a contract year and most likely won’t be back, so corner was a need.  You know who’s going to be in a contract year and most likely won’t be back if the Texans don’t exercise his option today?  Whitney Mercilus.  J.J. Watt is currently the only source when it comes to putting pressure on the quarterback on the Texans roster.

    Sure, I’m optimistic about Clowney, but he’s coming off of the most vaunted knee surgery in all of sports and there has to be an emergency plan in case he doesn’t come back to speed.

    I would’ve liked the Breshad Perriman pick too, although passing on Dupree is what really upsets me about this selection.  Perriman is a physical specimen.  He stands above 6’0″ and runs in the 4.24 range.  For an offense that needs speed, needs a receiver, and needs weapons for what will most likely be spotty quarterback play, you must really believe in Johnson to pass up on Perriman’s talent.

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    The Texans have a chance to right the ship today.  Rumors swirled that they wanted to trade back into the first round but it all fell through late.  I’m assuming if they were interested in trading up to number 32, they’ll be interested in trading up to the early stages of the second round.  There’s lots of talent available, first round talent in fact, that could make an instant impact for Houston.

    Eric Kendricks, Randy Gregory, Dorial Green-Beckham, Jaelen Strong, and Landon Collins are all guys that could’ve gone in the first round that are still there for the taking in round two.

    Go make something happen, Rick and Bill.

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