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From 2004 through 2008, your Houston Texans had only one 2nd Round pick, some guy named DeMeco Ryans or something. So, if it seems like I've been picking on 3rd Round picks so far, you're right. Here's a scouting report on Vernand Morency.
Maybe it's just me, but during the early years of the franchise, we seemed to flail about, looking for a running back who could take some of the pressure off Domanick Williams after the inaugural season. Vernand Morency was one of those bodies we tossed out there, to painful effect.
Watching Morency at Oklahoma State University, where he regularly tore apart the University of Texas defense, I actually liked this 3rd Round pick back in 2005. But Morency struggled his rookie season and was dinged repeatedly for his inability to pick up the blitz. His performance, as well, wasn't overly promising, but the Texans were happy to just get 4.0 yards/rush from anybody. On September 13, 2006, Morency was surprisingly traded to the Green Bay Packers for Samkon Gado, who had gone undrafted in 2005.
Gado put up Morency-like numbers after the deal, while Morency put up 4.6 yards/rush in Green Bay and doubled Gado's production. Morency was finished after the 2007 season, while Gado managed to hang on until 2009.
That the team gave up so quickly on Morency is a huge negative. Worst of all, it was yet another failed experiment to handcuff a helper to Williams, who would play his final season in 2005 after knee surgery. Finding a competent second fiddle for Williams could've had a strongly positive impact for Williams' career and the Texans' offense.
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