The War Room: "Wells Kicks Off Day Two"
April 21, 2002
Wells Kicks Off Day Two
The Texans wasted little time kicking off day two of the NFL draft, selecting Ohio State RB Jonathan Wells (6’1", 243) with the 99th pick overall.
A disappointment his first few seasons in Columbus, Wells blossomed last year as a senior, rushing for 1,157 yards. He lacks breakaway speed, but is quick in bursts and runs well between the tackles (at his workout this year, he clocked a 4.5/40). He has great stamina and above-average receiving skills.
The Texans then traded their second fourth round pick, #116 overall, to Atlanta for a third round pick in 2003.
Moving to the fifth round, the Texans added another offensive player, New Mexico FB Jarrod Baxter (6’1", 251). Baxter is a big kid, an H-back type with decent hands and average speed; a classic half back trapped in a bigger, slower body. At New Mexico, despite playing fullback, he was their featured back and rushed for 907 yards last year. His numbers and outlook look eerily similar to those of Wells.
Wrapping up the fifth round, the Texans selected Pittsburgh S Ramon Walker (6’0", 195) with the 153rd overall pick. Walker’s an aggressive, playmaking free safety who excels at stopping the run but needs some work in pass coverage. He, like teammate Antonio Bryant, dropped in this draft and went much later than expected; many rated Walker as a second or third round talent.
Moving right along, in round 6, the Texans selected a local product, Kansas State CB Demarcus Faggins (5’10", 178), who’s from Texas, with the 173rd overall pick. Faggins is a solid, if unspectacular nickel corner with above-average cover skills and solid tackling techniques.
With the 190th pick overall, the Texans selected LSU DT Howard Green (6’2", 331). Green is a wide-body run stuffer, another short, but stocky defensive lineman for Dom Capers to rotate into the game.
With their second-to-last pick, the Texans selected Minnesota DL Greg White (6’2", 259). An exceptional athlete, White will likely be given a shot to play OLB. As a Gopher, White was big time defensive playmaker.
And with the final pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, otherwise known as Mr. Irrelevant, the Texans selected UNLV DT Ahmad Miller (6’3", 306), a strong run stuffer who fills gaps and takes up lots of space.
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