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Contrasting styles for All-Time Texans defenses

Posted Mar 1, 2018

Drew Dougherty and John Harris each selected an All-Time Texans defense.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is in full swing. Last week in Houston, John Harris and I went back-and-forth choosing our all-time Texans offense. It generated some discussion on social media, as many of you disagreed with some of our choices.

This week in Indianapolis, John and I picked our all-time Texans defense. YOU CAN LISTEN TO IT HERE. Since I had the first pick last week, and chose quarterback Deshaun Watson, John went first this week and naturally took J.J. Watt. I decided to go with Jadeveon Clowney for my first pick, and then I got who I think is the best defensive back in team history (Johnathan Joseph) and best inside linebacker (DeMeco Ryans) the franchise has known.

John stayed heavy in the front seven to start, and I built what I think is a strong secondary.

I also have two guys playing out of position, as Dunta Robinson slides from corner to safety, and Seth Payne moves from the nose to defensive end. But really, Robinson would be my nickel corner, with Marcus Coleman being the lone high safety.

1 (JH) DE J.J. Watt 2011-Current
2 (DD) OLB Jadeveon Clowney 2014-Current
3 (JH) DE Mario Williams 2006-2011
4 (DD) CB Johnathan Joseph 2011-Current
5 (JH) S Glover Quin 2009-2012
6 (DD)  CB Aaron Glenn 2002-2004
7 (JH) OLB Whitney Mercilus 2012-Current
8 (DD) ILB DeMeco Ryans 2006-2011
9 (JH)  ILB Brian Cushing 2009-2017
10 (DD) DE Antonio Smith 2009-2013, 2016
11 (JH) CB A.J. Bouye 2013-2016
12 (DD) S Marcus Coleman 2002-2005
13 (JH) ILB Benardrick McKinney 2015-Current
14 (DD) S Dunta Robinson 2004-2009
15 (JH) NT Gary Walker 2002-2005
16 (DD) NT Vince Wilfork 2015-2016
17 (JH) OLB Connor Barwin 2009-2012
18 (DD) ILB Jamie Sharper 2002-2004
19 (JH) CB Kareem Jackson 2010-Current
20 (DD) DE Seth Payne 2002-2006
21 (JH) S Bernard Pollard 2009-2010
22 (DD) OLB Kailee Wong 2002-2006

Here's how John's total defense shakes out.

DE (1) J.J. Watt
NT (8) Gary Walker
DE (2) Mario Williams
OLB (4) Whitney Mercilus
ILB (5) Brian Cushing
ILB (7) Benardrick McKinney
OLB (9) Connor Barwin
CB (6) A.J. Bouye
CB (10) Kareem Jackson
S (3) Glover Quin
S (11) Bernard Pollard

My defense is below.

DE (5) Antonio Smith
NT (8) Vince Wilfork
DE (10) Seth Payne
OLB (1) Jadeveon Clowney
ILB (4) DeMeco Ryans
ILB (9) Jamie Sharper
OLB (11) Kailee Wong
CB (2) Johnathan Joseph
CB (3) Aaron Glenn
S (6) Marcus Coleman
S (7) Dunta Robinson

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