Yesterday, we talked running backs. Today, we talk offensive line.
Since the 2011 season ended, there was not a position group that suffered more potentially impactful turnover than the offensive line. First, Eric Winston was cut. Then, Mike Brisiel left, signing a monster contract with the Raiders. This meant that your Houston Texans would have to replace the right side of their starting offensive line. That 40% replacement rate could have surged to 60%, but Chris Myers re-upped with the good guys.
Wade Smith and Duane Brown will be back this season, though Brown entering the final year of his rookie contract, coupled with the scarcity that accompanies his position, has to be a gigantic concern for the organization. Rashad Butler and Antoine Caldwell are slated to step in for Winston and Brisiel, respectively, and the Texans made sure to address the OL in the draft via the additions of Brandon Brooks, Ben Jones, and Nick Mondek. Should Butler or Caldwell struggle, there's a chance Brooks or Jones could push for snaps sooner rather than later.
I trust that we all feel better about the state of the OL after the draft. Do you feel good enough to expect similar success out of the unit in 2012?