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Finally, Rip Jersey may sleep at night. Eric Winston hasn't appeared in a Pro Bowl - and who cares, really - but he has been an outstanding offensive lineman throughout his career for your Houston Texans. Consistently rated by ProFootballFocus.com as one of the best RTs in the game, Winston was part of the incredible 2006 Draft haul. Winston was selected 66th overall in the 3rd Round in the 2006 Draft and has subsequently started 71 games as the right tackle, a pretty awesome feat. And, heck, he's a much better hitter than most of your Houston Astros.
Here's a scouting report for Winston when he was in HS...as a TE. Funny, eh (cue DilloTex)?
Perhaps it's just me, but I put a ton of value on offensive and defensive linemen who can churn out above average performance on a year-by-year basis. While Winston struggled with giving up sacks in 2010, he's still, by any measure, a well above-average right tackle for the Texans. At this point in his career, "Caveman" is quickly entering the status of Chester Pitts as a year in/year out tough man in the trenches, one who shows up in every game and gives battle-fighting (sic) a good name. As the 66th overall pick in the 2006 draft, Winston has more than proven worthy of being on of the best draft picks in Texans' history.
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