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The 11 worst draft picks in Texans history
These are the worst 11 draft picks in the Texans history. I took into account players drafted after these selections and investment in the picks if there were trades involved.
David Carr - 1st overall - 2002
The Texans should've gone with Julius Peppers who is headed to the hall of fame and let a veteran take the beating instead of Carr. They stuck with him through a few years and potentially could have had Ben Roethlisberger (2004) and Aaron Rodgers (2005) or even any of the quarterbacks in 2006. The ripple effects are crazy off of this so let your imagination run wild. We will always have that first game though huh David?
Bennie Joppru - 41st overall - 2003
It made sense to start finding weapons to pair with David Carr in an effort to get the most out of the Texans quarterback. Andre Johnson was a terrific selection in the first round, one of the best in franchise history. Joppru was less than terrific. He would never catch a pass in the NFL. Right after him went Pro Bowl safety Ken Hamlin and in the next round Jason Witten was selected by the Cowboys. Not to pile on, but the Texans ended up with this pick in a deal with the Patriots. New England ended up with Eugene Wilson and Dan Klecko while Houston got Joppru and Seth Wand with their selections. His Pro-Football Reference page lists his defensive stats since he never recorded any offensive stats.
Tony Hollings - 2nd round - 2003 supplemental draft
No clue what the Texans were thinking here. He was a defensive back that moved to running back and played a few games before getting hurt. Hollings had been ruled academically inelgible so the Texans saw fit to burn a pick on him in the supplemental draft. He would rush the ball 49 times for 149 yards in a Texans uniform in three years. The Texans sacrificed a selection in round two the following draft for him. Running back Julius Jones and Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders, who ended up on the Colts and tortured the Texans, went around where the Texans would have selected the following year.
Jason Babin - 27th overall - 2004
Maybe the worst pick the Texans ever made considering the cost. The Texans traded second, third, fourth, and fifth round picks and got Babin and a fifth back. Just horrible levels of investment. He would record 13 sacks in three seasons with the team before becoming a journey-man defender. He would find success with the Titans and Eagles later in his career. He had, uh, interesting tattoos.
The Jaguars have released Jason Babin. Probably because they got tired of looking at those godawful tattoos. pic.twitter.com/sLrVh4NZhM
— PeytonsHead (Retired) (@BigHeadBS) June 19, 2014
Amobi Okoye - 10th overall - 2007
Rick Smith's first pick as the Texans general manager. This pick is here because of who went right after him. Okoye was decent at times for the Texans but certainly not what you would expect from his draft slot. He was also 19 years old when he was selected by the Texans. Houston was picking at 10 after a trade with Atlanta that landed them Matt Schaub. Here are four players that went in the next five selections after Okoye: Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, and Lawrence Timmons. I want you to sit and think about the possibility of Demeco Ryans and Patrick Willis playing together and realize the Texans took someone who was 19 instead. The story got sad but has a happier ending for Okoye.
Brandon Harris - 60th overall - 2011
J.J. Watt and Brooks Reed was one hell of a start to the 2011 draft class and I will listen to arguments they were so good this pick shouldn't matter that much. Alas, the "No Fly Zone" shut few people down. The deal sent New England a third and a fifth which they used on Stevan Ridley and Marcus Cannon.
Sam Montgomery - 95th overall - 2013
2013 was one of the worst drafts in Texans history. DeAndre Hopkins and Ryan Griffin were the bookends to an otherwise rough group. Montgomery though, highlighted the disappointment. He was a member of the infamous group of LSU players called out by coaches and didn't even make it through the season. He was cut after he allegedly was smoking weed in his room at a road game.
Xavier Su'a-Filo - 33rd overall - 2014
It should've worked but it might have been doomed from the start. The pick wasn't traded in an effort to move up for a quarterback and then when the Texans stayed put they didn't select Derek Carr. Joel Bitonio went two selections later to Cleveland and made the All-Rookie Team in 2014 and was an All-Pro in 2018. Please enjoy him allowing the sack but recovering the ball.
Louis Nix - 83rd overall - 2014
Aggression was a big thumbs up for the move but Nix failed to pan out as a NFL player. He had a knee surgery end his 2014 before it even really started and he didn't even stick on the team in 2015. The Texans sent the top selection in the fourth and fifth rounds to Philadelphia to select Nix. Again, the pick made sense it just didn't work.
Kevin Johnson - 16th overall - 2015
His time with the team just wrapped up and more than a few players after him have been consistent NFL players. Marcus Peters was picked two slots after Johnson and there is no debate he is better. The Texans usually shied away from players like Peters but Byron Jones, who was also a first round defensive back selected, has been a very nice player for the Cowboys. Johnson meanwhile suffered a multitude of injuries that stymied any chance at developing on his limited success.
Jaelen Strong - 70th overall - 2015
Seattle destroyed the Texans moments before this pick was made. The Seahawks traded up right in front of the Texans to pick Tyler Lockett who has been fantastic for them. It feels like the Texans panicked and moved up to draft the lanky Strong. He had mild success as a rookie against the Colts but frequent trips to the Bill O'Brien doghouse doomed Strong. The investment wasn't huge to move up and get him, DeVier Posey and two later round picks, but where the Texans were as a franchise they needed a hit to keep trying to push forward. Strong's failure to develop led directly to Will Fuller's selection the following year.