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Ryans trade falls in line with Texans’ strategy of building through draft

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 21, 2012 – 9:57 am

Tuesday’s trade of linebacker DeMeco Ryans to the Philadelphia Eagles may have been a surprising move, and a tough one to stomach for the Texans and their fans, but it falls in line with general manager Rick Smith’s strategy of building through the draft.

When the trade goes through this afternoon, the Texans will receive the fourth pick in the fourth round of this year’s draft. They also will receive the 77th overall pick in the third round in exchange for their third-round pick at No. 89. Instead of picking 26th in the third round, they’ll pick 13th.

That gives the Texans three picks in the top 77 — Nos. 26, 58 and 77. They now have two fourth-rounders to go along with a fifth, sixth and seventh-round pick. The full draft order has not been released because compensatory draft picks, which are awarded at the end of the third through seventh rounds, are still pending.

Among the Texans’ fourth-round picks since 2006 have been tight end Owen Daniels, safety Glover Quin and linebacker Darryl Sharpton, Ryans’ presumptive replacement at Mo (weak inside) linebacker.

Ryans did not play on passing downs last season in the Texans’ 3-4 defense and was due to make a $5.9 million base salary in 2012. His contract is now off the Texans’ books in 2013 and beyond.


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9 Responses to “Ryans trade falls in line with Texans’ strategy of building through draft”

  1. By brian petry on Mar 21, 2012 | Reply

    when can we get rid of the two players that shuold be gone Jacoby Jones and Kareem jackson. please give us something to be happy about at lease

  2. By Labjr on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with the comment made they are stripping away the core players that we were made to think they were building around and keeping trash? I was finally believing that this organization was serious about trying to win but soon as they win its becomes all about saving money? Dosen’t winning generate profit?

  3. By Myron Benson on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a DIE HARD TEXANS FAN, why would Rick Smith get rid of DeMeco Ryan’s man I hope this GM we got knows what he is doing Jacoby in my opinion should have been the 1st to go he hasn’t warranted that contract at all I’m 260lbs and I could catch a ball and a punt!!!. We need a fullback why not go after Ahmard Hall and move James Casey back to TE man this is going to be a weird year I’m telling if we don’t make the PLAYOFFS the GM needs to be FIRED!!!!!!

  4. By Preston Hopper on Mar 22, 2012 | Reply

    Why get rid of Demeco when he was a solid linebacker. Our real problem is our horrible WR arsenal. We have ONE WR in Andre and that’s it. Everyone still rolls coverage his way and stacks the box against Arian Foster. Kick Jacoby “fumbles” Jones and get some real talent. Stop letting talent slip away!!!!!!

  5. By Victor on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    I can understand mario williams with what it would cost to keep him ..But Demeco Ryans????? really. this one hurts taking away a proven player and team leader. We will regret this move. with what we are losing on the offensive line and key Defensive players….wow hope we get back to the playoffs… Dont agree with this move at all your not getting any thing that can come close to replacing demeco in the 4th round..

  6. By Robert Zajicek on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree with both of you. We finally took a big step in the right direction this year and we basically have all the starters back on defense,which was number 2 in the league. why start letting pieces go? I was fine with letting mario go due to the fact he was going to be very exspensive and brooks reed did a hell of a job. I’m confused on what the texans are doing, we are replacing the right side of our o-line with backup,lost our other tight end, traded demeco. For what? “building through the draft” you never know what your gonna get in the draft…hell look at some of our picks, jackson? okieye?
    we have guys that proved we can win and win big and now we are thin on the o-line and lost a great linebacker? does the front office like being just “ok” or do they wanna be great? I was exstatic about going into 2012, but now im nervous!! 10 years was long enough do put us through that agian,especially since we have already gotten a taste of the playoffs!!!

  7. By Jack on Mar 24, 2012 | Reply

    I agree worst decision the Texans have made. I understand loosing Super Mario, but this trade could of be avoided. I don’t know, I’m starting to think this “build through the draft” idea the Texans has isn’t the best. We lost major key players in offense and defense. But resigning C. Myers was real nice and getting A. Foster, but how is Foster going to get yards without blockers? I don’t know really concerned for the Texans this coming season.

  8. By Brian on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    This “build through the draft” idea that the author of this article wrote about is a complete farce. Every team comes up with this theory when they refuse to sign any free agents, trying to justify non-action to their fans. This trade was such an abomination that it literally made me sick. Its as if the Texans went to the Eagles and begged and pleaded for them to take Demeco Ryans of their hands. Did they even shop Ryans around or were they so eager to get rid of him, they didn’t even talk to other teams. By the way where does Jonathan Joseph fit into this ridiculous “building through the draft idea”. Not to mention this theory would and could only work if you keep the good players you draft. Now all the Texans are going to do is draft someone to play the same position as Ryans. And does anyone really think that whomever they draft will be as good as Ryans? With Rick Smith’s track record, I would say it is a near impossibility!

  9. By Nick Scurfield on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Is it really ridiculous, Brian? Would you like the team to be built through high-priced free agents every year instead? How has that worked out for the perennial big spenders? You draft well and stockpile talent, and you hope to retain your core players when their rookie contracts come up, but you can’t keep everybody. Ryans was playing on a huge contract that he signed in 2010, before the Texans switched to a 3-4 and before he tore his Achilles. No doubt he was a team leader and an outstanding player, but he didn’t fit the 3-4 as well and was a two-down player set to make almost $7m this season and even more in subsequent years. Trading him for a 4th-round pick and a better pick in the 3rd round gives the Texans more tools with which to continue to build their roster. As to where Joseph fits into the “ridiculous” build-through-the-draft idea, the idea is to build through the draft and supplement through free agency (as Smith states in the blog post I linked to in the first paragraph).
    -Nick

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