With the 10th pick of the NFL Draft, the Houston Texans select Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville. Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders tells you all about it.
We've been getting lots of e-mails since the start of our Deadspin draft coverage today, but this one seems to have come to us by mistake:
Dear Bob McNair,
I'm glad you still aren't drafting offensive linemen in the first round. I thought Levi Jones would still be on the clock, and that you would finally select one just weeks after kicking me to the curb like an overstuffed diaper bag.
I gave you the best I had to offer for five years. You treated me like I was a crumple zone test subject at an Eastern European Auto Plant. Every year, I'd absorb 60 sacks. Every April, you would draft a receiver or a defensive player. "Don't worry, kid, that fourth round pick from Division 19 Backwater U. will protect your blind side just fine." Now, my ribcage feels like a beanbag chair, and I'll probably spend the rest of my career with a clipboard hot glued to my fingers. It's nice to know nothing's changed. I hope this Schaub kid's insurance is paid up and his threshold for pain is like an elephant's. Let's see what a Golden Boy he is when he's taking his meals intravenously in November.
Oh by the way, thanks for dissing Reggie Bush last season, too. Yeah, we were so much better off with Wali Lundy. Good luck with this latest lineman. Let me know when he learns to ride a two-wheeler.
Wow, I think David Carr took flame-mail lessons from Ethan Albright. But let's be fair: the Texans need more help on defense, and Okoye is an elite prospect. Okoye is 19 and has a bachelors degree in psychology. That's impressive. When I was 19, I had a bachelors in Nintendology with a minor in Coorsametrics.
Okoye will become the youngest player in modern NFL history when he steps on the field, but he's not one of those neonatal basketball rookies who has potential and a sneaker contract but no concept of how to play the game. Okoye's technique is raw, but he knows what he's doing, and he has shown that he knows a few tricks when it comes to gaining leverage and hand fighting. As a rookie, he'll play in waves, rushing the passer from the 3-technique (the spot between the guard and tackle, for you jargon haters) about 20 times per game. By the time he buys his first legal beer, he'll be a very productive starter.