NFL Draft: Houston Texans best 15 picks of all-time
By Randy Gurzi
Nov 23, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) looks on during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
6. Mario Williams– Defensive End, North Carolina State; 2006 1st round 1st overall selection
Sometimes you look better for what you decide not to do, rather than what you decided to do. Such is the case for the Houston Texans in 2006, when they held the first pick in the draft.
Everyone across the country had USC running back Reggie Bush as the guy Houston would take. Instead, they selected North Carolina State defensive end, Mario Williams.
Williams proved to be the right pick as he is still one of the better defensive end in all of football, while Bush has never lived up to expectations while bouncing from team to team during his career.
During his six seasons in Houston, Williams recorded 241 tackles and had 53 quarterback sacks. The only reason Williams is no longer a member of the Texans is he was given such a large contract by the Buffalo Bills in 2012.
His $100 million deal was too much for Houston to match, but it was proof that the big defensive lineman was the better choice in 2006, and the right call by the Texans’ brass.
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