Should’ve Switched To Autopick: #4 Houston

This list is the top five teams that did the worst job drafting from 1999-2008, allowing three years for their players to develop, so while I’m judging the team’s output from 1999-2010 (some 1999 and 2000 rookies played those seasons), I’m mostly focusing on the seasons 2001-2010.

#4: The Houston Texans. You have to be pretty bad to make this list if you didn’t even have draft picks to count against you from 1999-2001. The Texans debuted in 2002 and have proceeded to be overhauled again and again, only to wind up with a team in 2010 that had three great players on offense (two of them were not drafted by the Texans, Matt Schaub and Arian Foster) and none on defense. The Texans have gone defense in the first five rounds 15 times in the five drafts since Gary Kubiak got there and spent four of their five first rounders on defense, and still wound up 29th in points allowed in 2010.

Worst draft: 2008.

2003 and 2005 each pushed really hard for this mantle. In 2003, Houston picked nine players after Andre Johnson and by the end of 2007, eight of those nine were out of the league and the last one, Drew Henson, got a couple starts on a 2008 0-16 Detroit team.

After taking the no-brainer pick of Andre Johnson 3rd overall, the Texans took Bennie Joppru, a tight end that never played for the Texans. They got one year of starting each out of their next two picks – LB Antwan Peek and T Seth Wand.

The 2003 draft set the pace for Dom Capers’ exit. The Texans went 2-14 in 2005, his last season as a head coach.

In 2005, they took 2 defensive linemen who combined for 5 sacks during their stays in Houston. They got one big season out of Jerome Mathis as a kick returner, but he later regressed with injuries and off-the-field issues. Four of the six players taken are out of the league, the other two are back-ups on other teams (Travis Johnson is a DT for the Chargers and C.C. Brown is a SS with the Giants).

Ultimately, the most dreadful draft was 2008. The draft that was supposed to start paying off in 2010, instead helped get people fired and put Kubiak on the hot seat.

After starting tackle Duane Brown, the Texans whiffed over and over again. On the surface, this just looks like a mediocre draft and not a bad one, when you consider that has been a decent starter and the first pick is the one you absolutely must hit on. However, there were so many better players available – including round 1 – that it compounds the frustration.

They took corner Antwuann Molden with their first pick of the 3rd round, he doesn’t have an interception yet. They took Steve Slaton later in the 3rd, he had one good year and has been pushed down to 3rd string on the depth chart. Then, they took LB Xavier Adibi, DT Frank Okam and defensive back Dominique Barber. None of them turned into starters and – just like Molden – have yet to register an interception or a sack.

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