The youngest franchise in the NFL has only made the playoffs twice since its inception in 2002, with two playoff wins. Part of the reason this team has lacked franchise is because they have made some awful selections in the draft that did not pan out. Here are the five worst draft picks in Houston Texans history.
5. Jabar Gaffney - Gaffney was taken by the Texans with the first pick in the second round, 33rd overall in 2002. A star wide receiver out of Florida, the Texans hoped he would be a game-changing receiver on the new Texans franchise, but he was anything but. Gaffney had just 171 catches, 2,009 receiving yards and just seven touchdowns in four seasons with the Texans. Brett Kiesel, Jonathan Goodwin, Brian Westbrook and Andre Gurode were a handful of the players who had much better careers that were taken after Gaffney.
4. Antwaun Molden - Molden was taken with the 79th pick by the Texans in the 2008 draft as a cornerback out of Eastern Kentucky. Once again, Houston struck out after hopes of drafting a franchise defensive player. He only lasted three seasons, finishing with just 23 total tackles without recording an interception, and struggled to find playing time on the field, playing just 32 games over three seasons. Harry Douglas, Jermichael Finley, Cliff Avril, Phillip Wheeler, Brandon Carr, Carl Nicks and Pierre Garcon were all taken after Molden, and all have gone on to have so-far magnificent careers.
3. Vernand Morency - Houston took Morency with the 73rd pick in 2005. A running back out of Oklahoma State, the Texans had hopes of finding their franchise back in a later round. Morency had two stints with Houston, and never played a full season, and finished with 197 yards and two touchdowns with the Texans. Morency hasn’t played since 2007 with the Packers. Oh, and Evan Mathis, Justin Tuck, Richie Incognito, Kyle Orton, Darren Sproles, Trent Cole and Chris Myers were taken after Morency.
2. Travis Johnson - The Texans drafted the defensive end out of Florida State with the 16th pick in the 2005 draft. In just 54 games with the Texans over four seasons, Johnson wasn’t much of a factor, had just 80 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and just eight passes defended.By the way, before Morency was selected, Roddy White, Heath Miller, Logan Mankins, Nick Collins, Lofa Tatupu, Vincent Jackson and Frank Gore, and of course Aaron Rodgers were taken after Johnson.
1. David Carr - Sorry Texans fans, but he who should not be named takes over the top spot with ease, even though he does have a Super Bowl ring as a backup to Eli Manning’s New York Giants. The quarterback out of Fresno State was supposed to be the franchise player the newest NFL Franchise needed right away. Carr was going to make the Texans a great team and put them in the playoffs in just a few years. Or not. The top pick in 2002, Carr lasted just five seasons with Houston, finishing with 13,391 yards with 59 touchdowns, 65 interceptions and was sacked 249 times, including being sacked a record 76 times in his rookie year, a record that stands today. Carr sure did not pan out in any way the Texans hoped.
There are definitely more that we could have on this list that are honorable mentions. Next time I will do a top five draft picks that did pan out well.