In the NFL Draft — any professional draft for that matter — there is no such thing as a sure thing. However, Reggie Bush is as close to a sure thing as there has ever been. By choosing defensive end Mario Williams over Bush, the Texans have made one of the classic blunders of all time; they’ve broken a rule on a par with “never get into a land war in Asia”, and “never bet against a Sicilian with death on the line”.
A slightly less known blunder — but a blunder nevertheless — is never NOT pick the best player in the draft when that player is a Heisman Trophy-winning running back. The Texans will pay for this mistake – with their fans and on the field – for years to come. From a perception standpoint this move is a loser; it is guaranteed that the Texans fans are not going to hold this move in high regard, which means that Williams is going to have an even tougher job than usual acclimating to the pros. Also, no matter how successful Williams is, his progress will forever be tied to and compared to Bush’s. With each of Bush’s amazing runs and 100-yard games, critics of the Texans will inevitably bring up what Williams has or hasn’t accomplished.
This is not meant as a slight against Williams, who is one of the top three players in the draft. But the bottom line is that given the Texans’ situation, the number one pick in this year’s draft should have been Reggie Bush.
This makes things much more interesting for the rest of the teams that have the top five or six picks. And it also sets things up so that another teams can make the wrong move. Who will benefit most from this blunder? Which team will make the next mistake? The Saints, the Titans, the Jets or will a middle-of-the-pack team pull off a draft day trade and shock everyone?
And speaking of blunders, does anyone think that the controversy surrounding Bush’s family’s housing situation had an impact on the Texans’ decision? Remember these days teams look at EVERYTHING a kid does from the 40-yard dash to the bench press to the size of his hands. If you think teams don’t worry about character, you haven’t been paying attention. The NFL teams worry about everything.
I will tell you this much, if Vince Yong and Matt Leinhart are both available when the Jets pick, and if they don’t take one of them, the Jets’ fans may burn down Radio City Music Hall. If Bush slips this far…well I’m not even going to think about that.
It will be a very interesting first round. Stay tuned.