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  • Thu., Apr. 30, 2015 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light

    The 2015 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light isThursday, April 30 at NRG Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

    NFL Network’s draft coverage will be shown on the HD televisions throughout the 100 Level Concourse and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will broadcast live, with commentary and analysis from “The Voice of the Texans,” Marc Vandermeer, and a number of special guests. When the Texans make their first-round pick, fans at the Draft Party will hear from the player first as part of Texans Radio’s live broadcast.

    Texans Ambassadors will be on hand to sign autographs throughout the evening. Texans fans can also get their first glimpse of the 2015 Houston Texans Cheerleaders when the squad makes its debut performance at the event. 

    Young fans can play in the TORO’s Kids Club Zone presented by Kroger, which will feature interactive games, a balloon artist and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder. Fans can also take photos in Memory Alley located on the concourse. 

    Get more information on the event here.



  • Fri., May. 01, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html

  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant is a city-wide volunteer day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 8AM - noon where Texans players, Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, TORO and staff will volunteer alongside Texans fans!

    As an organization, the Texans make it a priority to give back to the Houston community. This day provides an opportunity to invite Texans fans to volunteer with the team to make a positive change. These organizations work to improve the standard of living for the young people of Houston, which aligns with the Texans mission to be Champions for Youth.

    There are plenty of locations across Houston, so sign up today at http://www.houstontexans.com/community/volunteer-day.html!
  • Sat., May. 02, 2015 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM CDT NFL Draft Day 3 from Houston Texans Grille

    Stop by the Houston Texans Grille (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, Saturday, May 2 from 10:30am – 6:30pm for a chance to announce a Texans Draft Pick live on TV or chance to win tons of other prizes!

    All of the Texans draft picks that day will be made by Texans fans live from the Grille, with at least one on NFL Network and the rest on NFL.com. See rules - http://bit.ly/1Eid0WN

    Texans Radio with Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer and special guests, will be broadcasting LIVE the entire time. Plus, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and Ambassadors will be there for autographs and pictures!

  • Sun., May. 03, 2015 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans All Access: 2015 Draft on KTRK ABC 13

    Tune in to KTRK ABC 13 in Houston on Sunday, May 3 at 11pm to catch the Texans TV special, Texans All Access: 2015 Draft.  This will be an exclusive look into the day of the Texans first round draft pick, as well as an analysis of all the 2015 Texans draft picks from Texans TV Insiders.

    Fans throughout Texas, be sure to check your local TV listings for air dates and times in your area.

  • Tue., May. 05, 2015 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre, 12848 Queensbury Ln. Ste 208, Houston, TX 77024 (I-10 & Beltway 8), as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Wed., May. 13, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM CDT Moms Clinic presented by Houston Methodist and GE

    The Houston Texans are proud to partner with GE and Houston Methodist to launch the Play Safe Moms Clinic just for football moms on May 13th!

    This free clinic will provide moms with the latest safety information in concussion awareness, proper hydration and nutrition to prepare them for the upcoming football season.  These classroom-style instructions and interactive football drills will take place in the Houston Methodist Training Center.

    Space is limited, so register today at http://www.houstontexans.com/kids/momclinic.html!

  • Sun., May. 17, 2015 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Gridiron Gang Auditions

    Are you motivated, outgoing and passionate? Well then, we're looking for you to audition for the Houston Texans Gridiron Gang gameday entertainment team on Sunday, May 17 from 1-3pm at the Hosuton Methodist Training Center.

    For more info and to regsiter, click this link - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/gridiron2.html

  • Thu., May. 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT Texans Radio Live at Houston Texans Grille Stop by the Houston Texans Grille located at CityCentre (I-10 & Beltway 8) as Texans Radio broadcasts LIVE from 6pm - 7pm with special guests including Voice of the Texans, Marc Vandermeer!
  • Fri., Jun. 05, 2015 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT Flashback Fridays at Go Texan Store

    Stop by the Go Texan Store on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm to meet a TBD Houston Texans Ambassador.  Fans can also enjoy a 10% off Power Hour discount in the Go Texan Store during the event!

    Store info - http://www.houstontexans.com/gotexanstore.html



Texans add defense, more defense in 2011 draft

Posted Apr 30, 2011

From start to finish, the 2011 NFL Draft had a decidedly defensive tone for the Texans as they switch to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips.

When Wade Phillips said the Texans needed defensive players on Thursday after the first round of the draft, he wasn’t kidding.

The Texans followed their first-round selection of J.J. Watt with four more defensive players in their next four picks. In Arizona linebacker Brooks Reed and three defensive backs, including Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, they drafted a major influx of talent for Phillips’ 3-4 defense.

“I think we’re significantly better,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said after the draft.

After the Texans ranked 30th in the NFL in defense and 32nd against the pass in 2010, they used six of their eight picks on defensive players. Among them were a defensive end, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks and a safety.

“We were able to address some needs, and specifically on the defensive side of the football,” Smith said. “That was one of the goals and one of the things we were really trying to get accomplished.

“I think one of the things that you will notice about all of the players that we took is that they are all high-motor, high-character guys. Football is very important to them. They’re tough, tough-minded, disciplined players. I think that’s going to benefit our team as a whole and our organization as a whole.”

That mold of player started with Watt (6-5, 290), the Wisconsin defensive end whom the Texans drafted 11th overall. Smith said the Texans entertained the idea of trading up or trading back in the first round, but they stood pat because they “felt extremely positive” about Watt.

“He adds a dimension to our defense,” Smith said. “I talk all the time in here about finding playmakers and guys that add dimensions to your football team. I think several of the players that we’ve picked over the last few days add a toughness and a competitive, get-after-your-butt type of intensity. It certainly started with J.J., and it continued throughout the couple of days.”

Reed (6-3, 263) was another pick for the front seven at 42nd overall in the second round. The Texans have only 60 sacks as a team since 2009, which ranks 27th in the league.

“With Brooks, we were holding our breaths,” Smith said. “There were a lot of rumors on Friday that New England might take him with the first pick of the second round. We made some calls and tried to feel the situation out and what it might take to get up.

“At the end of the day, when they didn’t take him, we sat there and were so happy he was on the board when we were able to pick. And all the things he has relative to the characteristics that J.J. brings, he brings the same: temperament, playing fast, explosive player, all those things from a pass rush perspective.”

After drafting Reed, Smith made his first of two draft-day trades to move up back into the second round and select Harris. The Texans gave up a third-round pick (73rd overall) and fifth-round pick (138th overall) to acquire the New England Patriots’ pick at No. 60 overall.

“We felt like Brandon was a tad bit better than all the rest of the corners left on the board, so we felt like we needed to make the move to get back to the second round to pick him up,” Smith said. “He’s a fiery football player from Miami – he’s got all the confidence you need at the position and is a very versatile player and can play inside and outside.”

The Texans made another trade in the fourth round, this time moving down from the 105th spot to acquire extra picks. Smith packaged that pick with a sixth-rounder (178th overall) to acquire a fourth and two fifths from the Washington Redskins.

With the first two of those picks, the Texans drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Roc Carmichael (fourth round, 127th overall) and Idaho safety Shiloh Keo (fifth round, 144th overall).

Smith said that the Texans had a second- or third-round grade on Carmichael. He called Keo a “diamond in the rough,” citing his intangibles, football instincts and ball skills.

Asked to single out one player they’re excited about aside from the first two picks, Smith and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak both singled out Keo, who also can return kicks.

“I love this guy’s football IQ when I watch him play, diagnosing routes, formations and what’s fixing to happen,” Kubiak said. “He has great hands. If the ball is close, he’s going to make the play and has the ability to take it back to the house; makes big hits in games that are difference-makers for football teams.”

With the final pick acquired from the Redskins, the Texans took North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates (fifth round, 152nd overall). A four-year starter at North Carolina, Yates was the first offensive player drafted by the Texans in 2011.

Kubiak said he was surprised that Yates’ name never came up in pre-draft speculation about the top quarterback prospects.

“This kid had a nice four-year career, and he played his best as a senior,” Kubiak said. “He also overcame adversity at North Carolina. I just like everything he stands for. He is basically running our offense there at North Carolina. He walks in and he’s going to know what we’re doing. He reminds me of Matt (Schaub) a great deal. He’s got a great play clock in his head. I just think we’re very fortunate.

“Rick and I were sitting there talking in round five and couldn’t believe he was still on the board. This kid has a chance to be a ‘one’ in this league if he keeps moving forward. It’s a great pick for us.”

The Texans wrapped up their draft with two picks in the seventh round – Arkansas State offensive tackle Derek Newton at No. 214 overall and Rice linebacker Cheta Ozougwu at No. 254 overall, the Mr. Irrelevant pick.

The flood of new defensive players has given the Texans newfound flexibility with Mario Williams, who’s expected to be the cornerstone of Phillips’ defense. The Texans have yet to settle on a role for Williams, who has 48.0 sacks since he was drafted first overall in 2006.

“Mario is the piece to the puzzle defensively that gives us the flexibility,” Kubiak said. “He’s the guy that we didn’t have to lock in at an end or lock in at the WILL (weakside linebacker). Mario can play with a hand up. Mario can play with a hand down. As soon as we get this football team in here and Wade starts working with the group we got, then we will make that decision. The options we have for Mario are wide open.”

More than anything else, that might end up being one of the most important developments of the Texans’ 2011 draft.


Rd Pick (overall) Player Pos Ht Wt School
1 11 (11) J.J. Watt DE 6-5 290 Wisconsin
2 10 (42) Brooks Reed OLB 6-3 263 Arizona
2 28 (60) Brandon Harris CB 5-10 191 Miami (Fla.)
4 30 (127) Roc Carmichael CB 5-10 192 Virginia Tech
5 13 (144) Shiloh Keo S 5-11 219 Idaho
5 21 (152) T.J. Yates QB 6-3 219 North Carolina
7 12 (214) Derek Newton OT 6-6 314 Arkansas State
7 51 (254) Cheta Ozougwu LB 6-2 255 Rice

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