Aug 9, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Houston Texans helmet in the hands of a player against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
30. First draft pick ever made, David Carr
While it is true the career of Fresno State Star David Carr didn’t pan out as many would hope, he was still the first ever college player selected by the Houston Texans, which makes him a valuable piece of the team’s history.
After a senior season that saw the quarterback throw for 4,839 yards with 46 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. His strong arm, accuracy and mobility made him look like the ideal fit to be the face of the new franchise.
Unfortunately the team wasn’t able to put much of an offensive line together early in the young man’s career as he was sacked 76 times his rookie season. He also set a record for recovering 12 of his own fumbles, many of which were the result of unblocked defenders running straight through the rookie passer.
His time in Houston saw him start 75 games with a record of 22-53. He completed 60 percent of his passed for 13,391 yards with 59 touchdowns and 65 picks.
During his five seasons Carr also 10 game winning drives, showing he did have some quality moments despite the well-documented struggles. What stands out most was that Carr was sacked an alarming 249 times during his time in Houston, leading him to become gun shy and most likely contributed to him never becoming the player his potential suggested.
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