Posted: Saturday April 29, 2006 6:32PM; Updated: Saturday April 29, 2006 7:07PM
Tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson instantly solidifies the Jets' offensive line.
Williams certainly didn't arrive in New York this week short on confidence. Asked about winning over Houston fans who wanted their Texans to select either Vince Young or Bush, Williams didn't flinch.
"I'm going to win them over regardless,'' he predicted. "I'm going to come in and make plays and be productive. They don't have to worry about me coming in and being a bust.''
Well that settles that.
I'm guessing the good football fans of Houston aren't getting busy working on the Casserly statue today. No homeboy Vince Young. No game-breaking Bush. I'm not saying Williams won't be a star from day one, but if you took a poll right now among Texans fans, their overwhelming response would involve the letters B-O-O. Followed by a boo-hoo.
The Jets are feeling pretty good about landing Virginia's D'Brickashaw Ferguson, the one can't-miss offensive tackle in the draft. But those can't-miss offensive tackles sure seem to miss pretty often. The last three can't-miss offensive tackles to go high in the draft? Arizona's Leonard Davis (No. 2 in 2001), Buffalo's Mike Williams (No. 4 in 2002) and Oakland's RobertGallery (No. 2 in 2004).
And let's not forget Tony "The Incredible Bulk'' Mandarich (No. 2 overall in '89), who was the next really big thing once upon a time in Green Bay. Morale of the story? There aren't any can't-miss tackles. Or at any other position, for that matter.
So much for the long-held notion that Houston is Bush Country. We hear that had the Texans picked USC's Heisman Trophy-winning running back first overall, the city was prepared to name one of its airports after him. The sign was already in place.
Ah, now I know why they call him Deuce McAllister. As in second-string. As in backing up Reggie Bush sooner than later. As in count on it. I have a feeling Deuce isn't exactly going to be happy playing LenDale White to Bush.
Wake up call for Jake Plummer, wake up call for Jake Plummer, line four. Denver traded up to select a first-round quarterback in Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler, and yes, we think that's a direct reflection on Plummer's job security in the wake of him reverting to his former mistake-prone form in Denver's AFC title game loss to visiting Pittsburgh. Plummer's four turnovers against the Steelers won't cost him his starting job in 2006, but they sure didn't help his long-term outlook in Denver.