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2011 NFL Draft Grades: Late Additions To The 'Texans Did Great' Consensus

Found a few more draft grades for you, since I know everyone loves draft grades. In fact, we should just scrap the 2012 NFL Draft and just grade teams based on who they look at the most in interviews. Nobody would know what to grade Jim Caldwell, since he never talks, but for most of the NFL it would be a fun exercise, right? Plus it’s just as meaningful as these grades!

Either way, SB Nation’s Brian Galliford weighed in on the Texans, giving them a B+:

Houston Texans: B+
Gary Kubiak needs a quick fix defensively to save his bacon, and the Texans did a great job getting new coordinator Wade Phillips talent at all three levels of the unit (DE J.J. Watt, OLB Brooks Reed, and cornerbacks Brandon Harris and Rashad Carmichael). T.J. Yates is an intriguing mid-round add at quarterback that gives them more depth there, where Matt Schaub is prone to bumps and bruises. Even Mr. Irrelevant, Cheta Ozougwu, looks like a find. Top to bottom, this was solid work by Houston.

Houston fell behind only the Colts and the Ravens. The real problem is that not a single team got more than a B-! Mr. Galliford is obviously an optimist by nature.

The Sporting News’ Russ Lande also saw fit to give them a B+:

Love those defensive players with their first five picks. If J.J. Watt, Brooks Reed and Brandon Harris are all legit, they could finally make the playoffs.

Finally, the beloved Mock Draft masters at Walterfootball bestowed an A- on your Houston Texans:

Houston’s goal for the 2011 NFL Draft was simple: Find as much talent for Wade Phillips’ defense as possible. Mission accomplished.

The Texans made great selections throughout the entire weekend. J.J. Watt will function as Phillips’ Phil Hansen, while Brooks Reed and Brandon Harris were steals in Round 2.

Houston’s defense will no longer be the laughing stock of the NFL. This team just improved exponentially, and at this point, I think it’ll be a huge upset if the Texans don’t make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Whoa now buddy, don’t go throwing the p word around yet. And you’re not allowed to use “in franchise history” when referring to the Texans without adding “biggest game” before it.

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