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Most Of The Texans Draftees Are On The Roster, Long Live The Texans!

The Houston Texans have one of the lowest rates of turnover of any NFL team. 83.9% of their draft picks from the 2007-2010 drafts are still on their roster as of today. Steph Stradley wants to know if that is actually a good thing:

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Not sure of what the average retention of NFL players are throughout the league. This list only contains the top 10 but even the difference between 91.2% and 69.2% is a pretty big amount. I'm not sure that it is a good thing to retain so many more draft picks than your competitors.

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Roster sizes are limited. Drafted players have a learning curve that may differ based on what position they play. Don't think that math should determine the optimal percentage of retained drafted players should be on a team. However, if your team has struggled improving, and it looks like it retains more drafted players than its competitors, it may be worth questioning if the team falls too much in love with their own drafts versus acquiring non-Texans drafted players who could help.

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My thoughts: let me know when keeping Antwaun Molden, Steve Slaton, Kasey Studdard, Xavier Adibi, Dominique Barber, Antoine Caldwell, and Brice McCain on the roster ever does anything truly meaningful for anyone. 

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The Rick Smith-era Texans have been very big on building through the draft. But as we pointed out earlier in the offseason, that only works if you actually draft well. Going into this season thinking "I really like this Troy Nolan kid, I'm sure he can become a solid safety" is going to leave you empty most of the time. Here's hoping the Texans success with Arian Foster doesn't embolden them further with their lower round picks.

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