--General manager Rick Smith believes in strength in numbers. He traded out of the second round. He sent his second- and seventh-round picks to Tampa Bay for third- and fourth-round selections.
--One reason the Texans liked Ohio State receiver DeVier Posey, who served two five-game suspensions as a senior, were the reports they got from his coaches and teammates. He attended practice and helped the younger receivers during his suspension. They were impressed with him at the Senior Bowl and Combine.
If not for the suspensions, Posey would have been rated higher.
"It's hard to say, but when you look at the talent and he compares very well with some of the guys that went to Indy (combine)," offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said. "You take the numbers he had as a sophomore and junior and move that into his senior year, he'd be up with some of the other guys that were taken earlier. I don't know exactly where, but we thought it was a talent at that spot in the third round, that we were comfortable taking."
--Guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio, wasn't invited to the Combine.
"I understood that I could be invited and I could not," he said. "I did use it as motivation to keep that chip on my shoulder, and that was kind of the big thing for me. I feel extremely blessed, and I'm happy that Houston had the faith in me to draft me."
--For their first nine seasons, the Texans knew Kris Brown was their kicker. Then they signed Neil Rackers to beat out Brown, who was cut in 2009. Rackers kicked in 2010 and 2011, scoring 124 points and a team-record 135 points.
Last season, though, Rackers missed six field goals, three more than the previous season. The coaches seemed to lose confidence in him. They offered him the minimum salary to return, but he signed with Washington. That left them without a kicker on the roster.
General manager Rick Smith used a fifth-round pick on Randy Bullock, who grew up in Klein, a Houston suburb, and kicked at Texas A&M. Special teams coordinator Joe Marciano scouted Bullock thoroughly at the Combine and at his Pro Day. They thought enough of him to take him in the fifth round rather than wait until the sixth and hope he was still on the board.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I've never coached a guy at that size, but we feel that he can do what we do because he moves around well. The East-West Shrine Game is where I first noticed him. If you look at him, he doesn't look like he weighs that much. Most of his weight is in his lower body. He can still run under a five-flat 40, which is what we ask our guys to do." - Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison on 6-4, 353-pound guard Brandon Brooks, a third-round pick from Miami, Ohio.
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