Dec 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) is tackled by New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) in the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
One of my favorite type of articles to read are do-overs with NFL drafts following a few years after the actual draft.
NFL Spin Zone, a FanSided site, did just that with the 2008 NFL draft, not excluding the Houston Texans.
That year the Texans drafted No. 26 overall, and their actual selection was offensive tackle Duane Brown.
In the re-do of the draft, Spin Zone selected Curtis Lofton of Oklahoma.
Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tackle Duane Brown (76) warms up before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
They wrote about the new selection:
"“Curtis Lofton and Brian Cushing. Oh, and J.J. Watt right in front of them, and in a little more than a month, possibly Jadeveon Clowney. Enough said.”"
The reason for the change with the Texans selection was the article had Brown being selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the eighth pick of the draft.
I think the Texans got it right in the actual draft that year, as they still have Brown on their team. If teams knew how good of an NFL player Brown would become, he probably would have went in the Top 10 of the actual draft.
The Texans actually hit a mini-jackpot in the actual NFL Draft in ’08, because it is tough to find a solid right tackle that can not only play in the NFL, but one who can become a Pro Bowler in the league.
So it is safe to say the Texans got it right in the ’08 draft, but with Brown not being available in this re-do draft, Lofton is a solid choice at 26th overall as well.
What are your thoughts about the “new pick” for the Texans in this re-do draft? Let us know at the Toro Times.
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