…and a child shall lead them!
Texans select prodigy Okoye with 10th overall pick in 2007 NFL DRAFT!
Gary Kubiak certainly doesn’t play favorites. Houston’s head coach has had two first round picks since coming to the Texans and despite spending his entire coaching career on the offensive side of the ball, he’s now selected two defensive linemen in the first round of the NFL Draft in two opportunities.
By selecting former Louisville defensive lineman Amobi Okoye with the 10th overall selection Saturday, Kubiak and Texans general manager Rick Smith have shown they are determined to build a championship defense in Houston.
“I think what we did last year showed that we are committed to building a team and building a defense,” Smith told reporters shortly after the pick. “When you talk about that, you talk about building down the middle.
“We started that last year with DeMeco Ryans and what he was able to do with us at Mike linebacker and we’re building from the middle out. I’m just excited about the kid.”
The fact that Okoye was available came as surprise to many as most mock drafts had the 19-year old phenom going before Houston went on the clock. The Texans were in that group.
“We absolutely were shocked,” Smith said. “I think in all of our mock drafts we looked at one scenario in which he was available.”
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