NFL Draft: Houston Texans best 15 picks of all-time
Oct 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos tight end Owen Daniels (81) spikes his touchdown catch in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Vikings 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
8. Owen Daniels – Tight End, Wisconsin; 2006 4th round 98th overall selection
Throughout the years, the Texans struggled repeatedly to find a secondary receiving option behind Andre Johnson. The best they ever did in that regard was a fourth round tight end they selected from Wisconsin in Owen Daniels.
Daniels was a starter for eight seasons in Houston and recorded 385 receptions for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns. He was released before the 2014 season, and the team has struggled mightily to replace the production the veteran brought to the field.
Although he never recorded 1,000 yards receiving, he did offer a complete tight end who was adequate in blocking and offered enough in the receiving game to force opponents to respect him.
One of his best seasons came in 2012 when Daniels recorded 62 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns.
He has since followed former head coach Gary Kubiak to Baltimore (where Kubiak was the offensive coordinator in 2014) and then to Denver this year, where Kubiak is again a head coach.
He is trusted by his coach, and is still a solid player who has seven touchdowns and 24 starts since being cut by Houston. Not bad at all for a mid-round selection.
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