Although the Houston Texans are a relatively young franchise, over the past ten years have drafted some all-star players. This article examines the top five draft picks in Houston’s short history.
Andre Johnson, 2003: 1.3.3:
After a dreadful inaugural season in which the Houston Texans finished last in total passing yards, the team used their first pick in the 2003 draft to select Andre Johnson from the University of Miami, Florida.
Since joining Houston, Johnson has recorded three seasons of 100 receptions or more, and five seasons where re accumulated 1,100 receiving yards or more. In total, Johnson has accumulated 9,656 receiving yards, and 52 touchdowns.
Johnson has also received Pro Bowl honors in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010 while receiving First-Team All-Pro honors in 2008 and 2009.
Johnson missed significant time last season due to injury, and after offseason, knee surgery could be out of action for the next three to four weeks. Houston is going to need a healthy Johnson to be able to make the playoffs and make it past the first round.
Mario Williams, 2006: 1.1.1:
Mario Williams spent six seasons with the Houston Texans before signing with the Buffalo Bills this offseason. In his time with Houston, Williams made his presence known, as he was responsible for 241 total tackles, 11 forced fumbles, and an impressive 53 sacks.
Also in his time with Houston, Williams received Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2009.
Williams has only played in 18 games over the past two seasons, so it will be interesting to see if he can remain healthy and contribute a full 16 game season for Buffalo this season.
DeMeco Ryans, 2006: 2.1.33:
Similar to Williams, Ryans also has left Houston after playing for the team for six seasons. In his time with Houston Ryans racked up 480 solo tackles, and 157 assisted tackles, while also being responsible for six forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.
Ryans was the 2006 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and received Pro Bowl honors in 2007 and 2009.
Brian Cushing, 2009: 1.15.15:
In his three seasons with Houston, Brian Cushing has recorded 324 total tackles, while having two seasons with 100 or more total tackles. Additionally, Cushing has 10.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and six interceptions.
Despite dealing with controversy around supposedly using illegal substances, and a revote, Cushing was named the NFL AP Rookie of the Year in 2009 and received Pro Bowl honors in that same season.
Quin Glover: 4.12.112:
In his three seasons in the league Glover has played in 47 regular season games, while racking up 186 solo tackles, 44 assisted tackles, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, and 34 passes defended.