Texans fans badly wanted a receiver in the draft — almost as much as their desire to see Jacoby Jones run out of town.
It appears both of their wishes will be granted.
After sending its second-rounder to the Buccaneers in exchange for the opportunity to double dip in Round Three (plus add a sixth-round pick), Houston selected former Ohio State WR Devier Posey 68th overall. Shortly after the selection, a report surfaced that the Texans are shopping Jones, the goat of the team’s divisional-round playoff loss against the Ravens for a boneheaded muffed punt that turned into a gift-wrapped Baltimore TD.
I’ll be surprised if the Texans get anything of value for Jones, whose God-given abilities were overshadowed by his penchant for drops, inconsistency and sometimes lackadaisical effort in practice during his stint in Houston. But if the report is accurate, I salute Gary Kubiak and Co. for finally admitting what many of us have been screaming from the mountain top for quite some time: Jones is never going to figure it out — at least not with the Texans.
But on to more pressing matters.
Posey, a 6-1½, 210-pound “X” receiver with 4.4 speed, fits the mold for a Texans wideout. He is a big, playmaking receiver with polished route-running skills and some blocking ability. However, Posey was suspended 10 games last season for selling sports memorabilia and receiving improper benefits. Still, if Jones is indeed out on the outs, Posey will have a chance to contribute as a rookie, and he will have the good fortune of learning from one of the best in the game, Andre Johnson.
Houston’s grinding rushing attack is as effective as any in the league. But without Matt Schaub and Johnson late last season, it was their only dimension — albeit a pretty darn good one. The addition of the vertical threat Posey, who potentially can free things up on the ground — as well as for Johnson on the other side — might be part of what helps the Texans find more balance on offense again next season. (Of course, a healthy Matt Schaub, who will no doubt appreciate this selection, should help even more in that respect.)
With their second pick in Round Three (76th overall), acquired from the Eagles in the DeMeco Ryans trade, the Texans tabbed OG Brandon Brooks from Miami (Ohio). Draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki had this to say about Brooks in PFW's 2012 Draft Preview: “A big, strong, innately powerful base blocker capable of covering defenders in the run game. Showed more consistently as a senior than he did earlier in his career and stands a good chance to be the first 2012 prospect who wasn’t invited to the Combine to be drafted after solid showings in the Shrine game and his pro-day workout. Would be ideally suited for a man-blocking mash unit such as that of the Cardinals, Steelers, Dolphins or Cowboys.”
Although the last part of the scouting report doesn’t exactly mesh with Houston’s zone-stretch scheme, Brooks fills a definite need following the departure of Mike Brisiel to Oakland. He should compete with penciled-in starter Antoine Caldwell, who a team insider recently told me was the iffiest of Houston’s projected backup-turned-starters following Houston’s offseason losses.
By my count, the Texans are three-for-three on filling holes thus far in the draft. If I were a betting man, offensive tackle, as well as linebacker and perhaps another receiver, will be on the club’s docket Saturday.