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Reflecting on the 2006 Draft: Williams was the Right Choice

 

 

Looking back at the 2006 Draft the Houston Texans were heavily criticized for taking Defensive End Mario Williams over the famous Reggie Bush. Todd McShay said the Texans worst pick was, of course, Mario Williams. McShay's explanation was "Williams is cheaper and fits a much bigger position of need, but passing on USC running back Reggie Bush with the No. 1 overall selection was a mistake that the Texans might never live down".

Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN was quoted as saying. "Houston could have chosen USC tailback Reggie Bush, but instead got sloppy drunk on "measureables" and potential rather than actual production. Hel-lo, did you see how many contrails and broken ankles Bush left behind this season?". Looking back Gene, I think the Texans may have been sober making the decision. Maybe the Texans should have drafted QB Vince Young?

If I'm the Texans, I'm laughing at the Saints and Titans right now. Reggie Bush has been a great slash player but as a starting #1 running back, he cant carry the load. He has more yards receiving than yards rushing with a 3.7 yards per carry average over his career. Not bad for a backup running back, slot receiver and kick returner but for the #2 pick in the draft who was supposed to be this All-Mighty Player who will revolutionize the NFL. Looking at statists Reggie Bush has 7 carries over 20 yards and 1 over 40 yards as compared to DeAngelo Williams, who has 25 carries over 20 yards and 6 over 40 yards and went 25 picks later. If I'm a general manager today and had the choice I'm taking Williams at #27 over Bush at #2 in a heartbeat.

            The drunk sloppy decision of Mario Williams has produced 14 and 12 sacks the last two years since his disappointing rookie season. In 2008 his stats were comparable to Julius Peppers of the Panthers and Jared Allen of the Vikings, both of whom are two of the best DEs in the NFL.

Williams has been one of the most scrutinized #1 draft picks in the last decade. After a disappointing rookie season, that showed few signs of superstar and more signs of bust, Williams has come into his own. At 6-6 283 and 24 years old, Williams will look to continue his path to being a dominant force in the NFL. 

            The Texans took a lot of head for making the decision but looking back at it, it was the right decision HANDS DOWN. 

 

 

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