Notes from Smith, Kubiak post-draft press conference

Texans general manager Rick Smith and head coach Gary Kubiak spoke to the media at Reliant Stadium after they made their ninth and final pick of the 2010 draft.

We'll have a full story, transcript and video from the press conference up later. For now, here are a few notes from their comments:

  • Smith started off by saying how proud of the group (scouts, coaches, medical staff, etc.) he is. He discussed the continuity that the front office has had over the past few years. "I think our football team's better," Smith said. "That's the ultimate goal of the weekend."
  • Kubiak said that Dorin Dickerson, the team's seventh-round draft pick from Pitt, will play wide receiver for the Texans. Kubiak referenced Dickerson's 43.5-inch vertical jump and 4.5-40 speed and said that Dickerson, who finished his Pitt career at tight end, will line up behind Andre Johnson.
  • Kubiak on Trindon Holliday, the Texans' sixth-round pick and a track star at LSU: "I think we got a returner that can change the field for us. We think he can do wonder for our football team." Kubiak said that they might eventually be able to incorporate Holliday into the offense as a running back, but his focus for now would be returning punts and kicks.
  • When asked about not drafting a safety, Smith said that he feels good about Bernard Pollard and Eugene Wilson, who both started in 2009 and will be back in 2010. Smith also called Dominique Barber a good young player at hte position.
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