Leave it to Al Davis to shock the NFL world, using the seventh pick on receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland - not Michael Crabtree, not Jeremy Maclin. Sure, Heyward-Bey ran a 4.3 40 at the combine, but he never had a 1,000-yard season in college and most mock drafts had him going in the 20s. Davis sure loves him some speed.
The Houston media's reaction to the pick was priceless (I'm sitting with John McClain, Richard Justice, etc., in the Reliant Stadium press box), and can only be descried as disbelief.
After that, the buzz was that the Texans' divison-rival Jaguars might pounce on Crabtree at No. 8 to pair with Torry Holt and bolster their long-struggling receiving corps. It wasn't to be, as Jacksonville opted for Virginia left tackle Eugene Monroe, whom some had projected as high as No. 2 to the Rams. Monroe will help to solidify a line that was decimated by injuries last season.