First-rounders aren’t the only impact players drafted by the Texans. Below is a look at some of the most impactful players drafted by the Texans after the first round.

LG Chester Pitts (2002 2nd round, 50th pick)   

Became a mainstay at left guard for the Texans for the better part of the next eight seasons, starting a franchise-record 114 consecutive games.

RB Domanick Williams (2003 4th round, 101st pick)

Named NFL Rookie of the Year in 2003 after rushing for 1,031 yards. Went on to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons but had his career cut short by injury. He is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 3,195 yards and was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team.

WR Jerome Mathis (2005 4th round, 114th pick)

Named to the 2006 Pro Bowl and All-Pro Team after returning 54 kickoffs for 1,542 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. He ranked second in the NFL with a 28.6 average and was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team. 

LB DeMeco Ryans (2006 2nd round, 33rd pick)

Was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2006. Became the Texans all-time leading tackler, a team leader and made two Pro Bowls. He ranked second in the NFL in tackles from 2006-2009.

RT Eric Winston (2006 3rd round, 66th pick)

Started 87 consecutive games at right tackle from 2006-11 and helped lead the offense to three consecutive top-five finishes from 2008-10.

RB Steve Slaton (2008 3rd round, 89th pick)

Set a team record as a rookie with 1,288 yards rushing and led the AFC in total yards from scrimmage with 1,659.

DE Connor Barwin (2009 2nd round, 46th pick)

Tied for second on the team in sacks as a rookie with 4.5 and led the team with 11.5 sacks in 2011.

TE Owen Daniels (2006 4th round, 98th pick)

Ranks second in franchise history with 361 receptions for 4,365 yards and 26 touchdowns. Daniels was elected to the 2009 and 2013 Pro Bowls. He was named to the Pro Football Weekly All-Rookie Team after catching 34 passes for 352 yards and five touchdowns.

OLB Brooks Reed (2011 2nd round, 66th pick)

Started 11 games as a rookie and set a Texans rookie record with 6.0 sacks and tied for the team lead with 3.5 sacks in the playoffs. Tied with DE J.J. Watt for the franchise lead with 5.0 career sacks in the playoffs.

QB T.J. Yates (2011 5th round, 152nd pick)

Went from the third-string to starter in the last six games of the 2011 season and led the Texans to their first-ever playoff appearance. Became the first rookie quarterback in 43 years to lead a team to back-to-back fourth-quarter wins and was the fourth fifth-round pick since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to win his first career start.


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