NFL Network’s media names top 5 all-time Texans

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Andre Johnson
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NFL Media’s Elliott Harrison recently came out with his list of the 5 Best Texans of all time. The Texans have only been a franchise for 14 seasons, and won just two playoff games, so there aren’t a ton of options here. Let’s look at what Harrison came up with.

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5. Arian Foster
Foster was signed by Houston as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Despite having a high grade going into the draft, there were lingering questions about Foster’s attitude and inability to hold onto the ball. All Foster did in seven seasons was rush for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns. He also caught 249 passes for 2,268 yards and 14 scores. He was a 4-time pro bowler and once a first-team all pro

4. Mario Williams

Houston selected Williams number one overall in 2006, despite the whole world expecting them to take Reggie Bush. He played six seasons in Houston and totaled 52 sacks. He was selected for two pro bowls while with the Texans. Harrison says that Williams was a part of Houston’s playoff winning defenses. The reality is, he tore a pectoral muscle in week 5 of 2011 and never played another game for the Texans. He was not a vital part of the playoff teams. He was however, a solid player, and the better pick over Bush.

3. Duane Brown

Brown was drafted 26th overall in 2008. He has been one of the best left tackles in football ever since. Brown has started 120 games for Houston. He’s been named to three pro-bowls and one first-team all pro. Brown has been Mr. Reliability for the Texans. He went down with a quad tendon injury at the end of last season, but is on track to be ready for 2016

2. J.J. Watt

Watt was taken 11th overall in the 2011 draft. The rest is history. In his five years, Watt has totaled 74.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and 45 passes defensed. Watt has won three AP Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He has also been to four pro-bowls and been first-team all pro 4 times. Watt should already be considered one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history

1. Andre Johnson

Johnson was taken with the third overall pick in 2003. He immediately became one of the best receivers in the NFL. Johnson should be in the Hall of Fame conversation after 12 stellar seasons with the Texans. He racked up 1,093 catches for 14,100 yards, and 68 touchdowns. He was the one consistent through many very mediocre seasons and quarterbacks. Johnson is 7-time pro bowler, 4-time all pro, and 3-time receiver of the year.

I have one slight issue with this list. I think Arian Foster should be ahead of Mario Williams. Williams, for a number one overall, was good, but not great. Arian Foster, for a stretch of about 4 years, was one of the best running backs in the NFL. I like Arian at 4. I’m not going to complain with the Duane Brown pick. I have a tooooon of respect for what Brown has done, and what he has meant to the city of Houston.

I also can’t really argue with Johnson over Watt. Andre Johnson was the consummate professional for Houston during his time here. His numbers speak for themselves. And we can’t forget that he never had a truly elite quarterback throwing him the ball. Schaub was good for a few years, but Andre could’ve had even greater numbers. That being said, Watt is nipping at his heels.

Watt will soon be the undisputed best Texan ever. All that’s holding him back is longevity. Harrison claims he needs to keep doing what he’s doing for five more years. That would mean winning three more DPOY’s. That’s a lot to expect. What Watt does need to do is continue to be the disruptive force that he is. He is already one of the greatest defensive players ever, and there’s no reason he can’t build on that resume.

Honorable mentions: Matt Schaub, Deandre Hopkins, Owen Daniels, Jonathan Joseph, Brian Cushing

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