The 2006 NFL Draft is fast approaching and there has been a lot of debate on who the Texans should take. In my next couple of posts, I am going to make a case for several of the top options and let you know who I would pick. One thing to remember is that looking back in history shows us that the number 1 pick isn’t usually the best player in the draft that year.
Let’s get things started with Reggie Bush.
Reggie is considered to be one of the best running back prospects in years. One of the few knocks on Bush is that he isn’t big enough to be an every down back. Lendale White took most of the short yardage work at USC. So do you use the number one pick on a back who isn’t going to play every down?
Well, let’s compare Reggie’s size to the top 8 RBs in the league last year. Reggie is listed at 5’10 1/2” 201 lbs. Here is a list of last years top eight running backs and their listed height:
1. Shaun Alexander- 5’11”
2. Tiki Barber – 5’10”
3. Larry Johnson – 6’1”
4. Clinton Portis- 5’11”
5. Edgerrin James – 6’0”
6. LaDainian Tomlinson – 5’10”
7. Rudi Johnson – 5’10”
8. Warrick Dunn – 5’9”
So, it looks like Reggie’s height (5’10 1/2”) falls in line with most of the top 8 running backs. His weight is a different story altogether. Let’s take a look at the weight of the leading rushers from the 2005-2006 NFL season:
1. Shaun Alexander – 225 lbs
2. Tiki Barber – 200 lbs
3. Larry Johnson- 230 lbs
4. Clinton Portis – 212 lbs
5. Edgerrin James – 214 lbs
6. LaDainian Tomlinson – 221 lbs
7. Rudi Johnson – 225 lbs
8. Warrick Dunn – 180 lbs
Reggie Bush’s weight is almost identical to Tiki Barker and a bit more than Warrick Dunn, but basically he is on the small size when compared to the top 8 running backs last year. However, Reggie is probably faster than all of the top 8 running backs from last year. There is something to be said for speed.
Now, while Reggie is fast he doesn’t have the freakish speed that say Bo Jackson had (a 4.19 40 time). Which is why I think that in some ways Reggie may be overhyped. I do think that he is a phenomenal prospect. I think that Reggie could very easily put up similar numbers to those of Tiki Barber and in the right system could lead the league in rushing.
Reggie would be an excellent fit for an offense that needs to score more points, like the Houston Texans. The Texans could definitely use a running back with break away speed like Bush.
The problem is that Houston has a solid running back in Dominic Davis. In fact, running back may be the Texans strongest postion on their offense. That said, Reggie Bush would help the Texans win more games and have a more exciting offense.
Would I take Reggie Bush with the first pick in the draft if I were the Texans?
While the Texans couldn’t go wrong taking him (he’s extremely gifted), I would do something else with this pick.
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