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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Houston Texans

Updated on May 4, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Houston Texans

5. Amobi Okoye

He was the youngest player to be drafted and he quickly proved he was still just a boy.

At age 15, Amobi Okoye joined the Louisville Cardinals football team as a true freshman. As a senior, he registered 55 tackles, eight sacks, and recovered three fumbles.

Okoye was selected tenth overall in 2007. He managed just 11 sacks in his four years in Houston. While the numbers don't make him look that bad, its the fact that the Texans could have drafted future pro bowl defenders in Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis or even Beastmode himself Marshawn Lynch.

4. Bennie Joppru

He couldn't stay healthy long enough to see the field.

As a senior at Michigan, Bennie Joppru set a school record for catches in a season by a tight end with 53. He had 85 receptions for 800 yards and eight touchdowns in his career as a Wolverine.

Joppru was a second round pick in 2003. Unfortunately for him, injuries derailed any hope he had at a successful NFL career. In his first two years, he suffered groin injuries during training camp and was placed on IR. In year three he tore his ACL and his fourth year was a healthy scratch before being released after the fifth game. To think Houston could have selected future Hall of Famer Jason Witten instead.

3. Travis Johnson

He was the weakest of a weak class of defensive tackles.

At Florida State, Travis Johnson was a three sport athlete. After underachieving for three years, he enjoyed a breakout senior season. He started all 12 games at left defensive tackle during his senior year and was an All-ACC first-team choice after recording 50 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, and 12 quarterback pressures.

Johnson was the 16th overall pick in 2005. He ended up being a serviceable backup defensive lineman for Houston, but a backup is not what a team drafts in the first round. He started just 38 games over four years for the Texans and registering two sacks. He was traded to San Diego in 2009 for a seventh round pick.

2. Tony Hollings

"Superman" was anything but in Houston.

At Georgia Tech, Tony Hollings was a defensive back before switching to running back his final year. He was an electrifying player until he tore up his knee four games into his career as a running back.

Hollings was selected in the second round of the 2003 supplemental draft. He started one game in the NFL, ending his career with 149 rushing yards and as many touchdowns as Ty Tayzlor. The fact is, his knee injury kept him from being the explosive athlete he was in college.

1. David Carr

He was the Texan's first ever draft pick, but he never accomplished much with the team.

At Fresno State, David Carr was 18-8 in his two years as a starter. He threw 70 touchdowns against 23 interceptions in his Bulldog career and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award during his senior year.

Carr was the first overall pick in 2002. Things started well as he helped Houston win their inaugural game against Dallas. It didn't get much better after that. Carr was a punching bag in the pocket as the expansion Texans failed to fix a wreck of an offensive line. He was sacked a staggering NFL record 76 times in his rookie season. In five seasons with the Texans, Carr was sacked 249 times. In 2007, he moved on to Carolina and Houston traded for Matt Schaub.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      I said carr but he had no offense line help either.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Carr didn't do well, but other factors than just his skill contributed.


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