The Texans admitted another defeat from the 2013 draft on Monday. They released third-round pick Brennan Williams, thus officially going 0-2 in the third round last year.
Williams wrote this on twitter:
"I want to thank the Texans and the city of Houston for the great opportunity! It didn't work out how anyone planned, but I am still the same player who was drafted last year. Right now the key is getting healthy and getting back on this horse--don't worry about me I'll be back soon! Thanks for your prayers and support I am truly blessed. You can't keep the the GBO down."
There were a few red flags that came with both of the Texans third-round picks in 2013.
Sam Montgomery had been singled out by one of his college coaches as not being a hard worker. His interviews during the combine led many NFL personnel people to stay away from him. On the field, Montgomery couldn't manage the transition to outside linebacker and was moved to defensive end. His maturity was always in doubt, and proved to be insurmountable for the defensive end/linebacker who was released in the middle of last season.
Williams didn't have off-the-field concerns. But there were some on-field question marks. He had shoulder surgery and missed the final four games of his senior season at North Carolina. It's a different injury than the one he suffered in the pros, but for some players that's how it goes. His play -- for the small part of the 2013 offseason in which he participated -- left some members of the former coaching staff wanting to release him before that season began. There was talk of releasing Montgomery that early as well.
Today the Texans released Williams after he failed his pre-camp physical. He had hoped to be ready for organized team activities, but instead spent the whole of them rehabbing an injury that required microfracture surgery last year.
A glance at that draft offers plenty of questions once you get past the first and second rounds. First-round pick DeAndre Hopkins and second-round pick D.J. Swearinger aren't game-breakers yet, but they have talent and the potential to be very good players for the Texans.
Then, things get muddy.
We've discussed the third round. Fourth-round pick Trevardo Williams is on the physically unable to perform list. Sixth-round pick Chris Jones was released and wound up with the New England Patriots eventually, where he played more snaps than any Texans draft pick.
Their three other sixth-round picks that year were offensive tackle David Quessenberry, tight end Ryan Griffin and receiver Alan Bonner. We'll remove Quessenberry from this discussion as he fights for his life at MD Anderson, a much more important fight than a mere position battle. Bonner and Griffin have shown promise, but only Griffin has played. Bonner spent last season on injured reserve.
That means just three of nine 2013 draft picks have played any NFL games for the Texans.
And that third round wasn't good. That's a place where you can still find starters and the Texans got nothing out of their picks. The blame gets shifted between the former coaching staff and the front office depending on who's doing the blaming. To me the bottom line is this: The final say for that draft rested with Texans general manager Rick Smith. Ultimately, he should shoulder that responsibility.