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Did The Houston Texans Draft The Wrong Guy in Justin Reid?

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A different look at Houston’s first draft selection in 2018.

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The folks over at Bleacher Report ran an article recently detailing eight NFL rookies their writer, Maurice Moton, claimed went to the wrong teams. Even without a first or second round pick, Moton claims Houston missed the mark by grabbing Reid - someone many considered an opening round talent - with their first pick.

Last year, the Texans extended free safety Andre Hal’s contract through the 2020 season. They then signed Tyrann Mathieu in March. The front office selected safety Justin Reid in the third round of the draft.

Despite Mathieu’s versatility, head coach Bill O’Brien made it clear that he wants him to focus on the safety position, per Houston Chronicle reporter Aaron Wilson: “We told him that we really do value—as you know—we value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home. He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann.”

Colvin signed a four-year deal with the team in March to fill the slot position. Regardless of how impressive Reid looks, he may have to settle for a limited role in the first couple of seasons behind an All-Pro in Mathieu and Hal, who’s logged nine interceptions over the past three years.

I’d suggest the writer doesn't have a firm grasp of how Romeo Crennel employs his players in his unique brand of chess, where at any point in time you might have up to eight DBs on the field. Granted, that doesn't happen all too often, but you get the idea.

In Moton’s defense, he’s coming at this from the angle of how the player himself might be better off, suggesting that Reid would see the starting job a lot faster if he went somewhere else instead of H-Town. Even worse, the team he suggests is Jerry Jones’ own Dallas Cowboys.

Odds are someone inside the depths of NRG Stadium had this to say: “He’s ours and you can’t have him!”