By Jeff Kubiszyn @JeffKubiszyn on March 28, 2014
The Houston Texans' first draft was in 2002. The Texans may not have a dubious string of draft busts like many long-time NFL franchises, but Houston is definitely building its resume. Here are the five biggest draft blunders in the team's short history.
Jabar Gaffney was the second selection for Houston in 2002. Drafted No. 33, Gaffney was expected to come in and stretch the field after a stellar career at the University of Florida. He fell woefully short of this expectation. Gaffney averaged just under 12 yards per catch. He had one reception for more than 40 yards in four seasons. In his 64 games with Houston, the receiver hauled in 225 passes and just seven touchdowns.
A lot was expected of David Carr. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, Carr was immediately anointed the franchise quarterback. Things did not start well for the young signal caller. Carr was sacked an NFL-record 76 times in 2002. He spent much of the next five years on his back, being sacked 41 times or more in four of his first five seasons. Carr finished his career in Houston with 59 TD passes, 65 INTs and 249 sacks in 76 games.
It is understandable why Texans officials liked Amobi Okoye. A smart, gifted athlete, Okoye was an AP Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-Big East player his senior year. Houston selected him No. 10 in the 2007 draft at the ripe-old age of 19. Okoye started fast, collecting four sacks in his first five games. Nearly four seasons later he would depart Houston with 11 career sacks, and leave Texans fans wondering what could have been.
The Texans drafted Travis Johnson No. 16 in the 2005 draft. The Florida State product never panned out in Houston. Johnson recorded 106 tackles and two sacks in 54 games for the Texans. In 2008, he was traded to the San Diego Chargers for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.
Most Texans fans probably don't remember the name Bennie Joppru. Houston made Joppru the 41st pick in the 2003 draft following a stellar senior season at Michigan. He set the school record for receptions by a tight end with 53. He caught exactly zero passes for the Texans in four seasons. Players taken after Joppru include Anquan Boldin, Osi Umenyiora, L.J. Smith and Jason Witten. Joppru goes down as Houston's biggest draft-day blunder.
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