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Kubiak discusses draft picks at TD Club Luncheon

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 6, 2012 – 9:49 am

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak spoke at a Touchdown Club of Houston Luncheon on Tuesday at Reliant Center, a golf cart ride away from Reliant Stadium on the Reliant Park campus.

Kubiak talked about the Texans’ playoff run last season, the 2012 offseason and the upcoming season (watch video of his full speech here). He also went over the Texans’ 2012 draft class with comments on individual players. Here’s some of what he said — I found his comments on the two wide receivers particularly interesting:

On OLB Whitney Mercilus (first round, Illinois): “He’s been everything that we thought he would be. He’s been exceptional throughout this summer. He’s a very smart young man, and I think he will play very, very early for our football team.”

On WR DeVier Posey (third round, Ohio State): “I’m probably hollering at him as much as any player on the field right now, but I’m trying to bring him along. I know how much he has to help this football team this year. He missed a lot of football last year, and that puts him behind. But talent-wise, he can help us. He’s got to go in there and he’s got to be a part of Kevin Walter, Andre Johnson and Lestar Jean and help us be a great football team, and I’ve got to get him to that point.”

On G Brandon Brooks (third round, Miami (Ohio)): “There’s been people say that he’s not our type of offensive lineman. He is 350 pounds, and he will be the first guy we push off the bus when we go play, OK. He is a good-looking young man. But I can tell you right now he will push for a starting job. I don’t know how far he’ll come. He operated as a starter yesterday in practice. (Antoine) Caldwell was sick. And I told him after practice, I said, ‘Brandon, you don’t have to play like a rookie and a backup. Go play like a starter. You don’t have to give a job back. Go in there and get after it.’ How far Brandon comes will have a lot to do with how we play this year.”

On WR Keshawn Martin (fourth round, Michigan State): “I don’t want to say that he’s the one that has surprised me the most, but I knew that we were drafting a returner, and obviously, losing Jacoby (Jones), we need some return help. This guy will help us from that standpoint, but I think he’ll help us also offensively. He’s been exceptional throughout OTAs. And yeah, I’ll use the word: He’s been a pleasant surprise. He’s doing more than probably I thought he could do at this point.”

On DE Jared Crick (fourth round, Nebraska): “One of the things we pride our football team on is we play hard. Our guys play hard. I told our team a couple weeks ago, I said in the offseason, I do a lot of things. I have to go to a lot of NFL functions. I’m around a lot of coaches. And the greatest compliment you can be paid as a coach is when other coaches say, ’Boy, your team plays hard.’ And our guys do. And that’s what Crick is. He’s from Nebraska. He’s a try-hard, effort player. Our type of guy. He played extremely well as a sophomore and junior… He got hurt last year, missed a lot of time, but he has fit in very well, and I think he’ll be a contributor for our football team.”

On K Randy Bullock (fifth round, Texas A&M): “This kicker that we drafted out of A&M (Kubiak’s alma mater), he’s got a ton of class, as y’all could well imagine. And we’re counting on him big-time. It’s interesting; people say, ‘Coach, y’all are going with a young kicker.’ No, we drafted a young kicker. I don’t know who we’re with yet, OK? But Randy has handled himself like a very mature pro, and he’s done a heck of a job, but we brought in Shayne Graham, and they will compete. I don’t know who our kicker’s going to be, but whoever kicks for us is going to do a good job. We went with a young punter (Brett Hartmann) last year (and) he did a heck of a job. Losing Neil (Rackers), Neil was a very good kicker. We think Randy has the ability to do it, but we’re not going to hand anybody anything on our team. So it’ll be interesting to see what happens, but it should be a very good competition.”


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One Response to “Kubiak discusses draft picks at TD Club Luncheon”

  1. By Everett Alexander on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    I am impressed with the Texans draft. I think Whitney Mercilus has a lot of
    potential to be a real good football player in the NFL. He is very quick at the point
    of attack. I believe DeVier Posey and Brandon Brooks could help the Texans
    this year also. From observing DeVier Posey, I think he’s already head and shoulders
    better the Jacoby Jones. I am impressed with Brooks numbers at the combine. He
    did 35 reps at 225 pounds and ran a 4.99 forty. He looks likes he could play right tackle or right guard. Now my man Keshawn Martin, I think this guy could be the most
    exciting return man since Billy Johnson and he is also a good receiver. Jared Crick
    and Ben Jones could be good players also.

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