|By Tony Moss, NFL Editor|
|Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Below we take a look at the 2010 draft selections of the Houston Texans, highlighting the ramifications of their two-day haul and assigning grades for their efforts.|
1 - Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama (5-10, 196);
2 - Ben Tate, RB, Auburn (5-11, 220);
3 - Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona (6-1, 289);
4 - Darryl Sharpton, LB, Miami-Florida (6-0, 229);
4 - Garrett Graham, TE, Wisconsin (6-3, 241);
5 - Sherrick McManis, CB, Northwestern (5-11, 195);
6 - Shelley Smith, G, Colorado State (6-3, 300);
6 - Trindon Holliday, KR/WR, LSU (5-5, 162);
7 - Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh (6-1, 226)
Analysis: That the Texans took a corner was not a surprise, but they passed up more highly-rated players like Kyle Wilson, Patrick Robinson, and Devin McCourty in order to take Jackson. Wait and see on this one. Houston got its running back in the second round, staying away from the likes of Joe McKnight (USC) and Dexter McCluster (Ole Miss) to take the big and fast Auburn product. The Mitchell pick in the third didn't make much of a ripple, but was a solid pickup for a team that needed DT depth. The initial fourth-round pick, Sharpton, is undersized but could develop into a quality reserve. Graham was another Wisconsin tight end added to a roster that already includes Owen Daniels. McManis could help as a corner or safety, and also has return abilities. Smith was a depth selection at guard. The 5-5 Holliday has lightning speed but would be one of the smallest players in NFL history if he makes it. Dickerson was among the Draft's biggest second-day fallers, likely due to concerns over his size.
Bottom Line: Filled three biggest needs with their first three picks, but whether they picked the right guys is worth debating.