Houston Texans: All-Time draft picks by round

J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) /

Round 4: Owen Daniels (2006)

If anyone ever wants to discuss value in a draft pick, here is one with Owen Daniels, the greatest tight end in franchise history being selected with the 98th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. The Texans got a steal with this fantastic selection, as Daniels played his first eight seasons in Houston.

Where does one start with Daniels? In his time with the Texans, the tight end Daniels collected 100 regular-season games played, with 96 of those games being starts. Daniels totaled 385 receptions (602 targets), and those receptions turned into 4,617 yards, 12.0 yards per reception and 29 touchdowns.

Of his 385 receptions, 261 of those receptions went for a first down, and his career long reception was 44 yards, which came in the 2009 season. Daniels averaged 46.2 yards per game receiving, and his ’09 season saw him averaged 64.9 ypg receiving in just eight games played before injuries stopped an excellent season.

In ’08, Daniels collected a career-high 862 yards on 70 receptions (101 targets) with two touchdowns, and in ’12, Daniels had a career-high six touchdowns. Though Daniels played a full 16 games in a season with the Texans in just two of his eight years with the franchise, there were three other seasons where he played in at least 14 games and six total seasons where he played in at least 10 games.

Though injuries slowed down Daniels at times, when he was on the field, he made the Houston Texans a much better football team than without him. Daniels being selected in the fourth round was a great choice made by the Texans, and overall it worked out pretty well for Daniels and the Houston team.