- Paul Kuharsky, ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter
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But Peter King of SI.com says they were ready to go linebacker at No. 57 in the second round until Baltimore jumped ahead of them to take Kansas State’s Arthur Brown.
From King’s Monday Morning Quarterback:
“Baltimore had the 62nd pick overall, late in the second round. In the first round, they'd gotten the safety they liked most, Matt Elam. Now as the picks ticked by, they knew they risked losing the linebacker they liked most at this point, Kansas State's Arthur Brown. So the Ravens dealt the 62nd pick along with fifth- and sixth-round picks to Seattle for the 56th pick. They picked Brown.
"Sources tell me Brown was going to be Houston's pick at 57, and he was a strong consideration for Denver at 58. Brown's a potential captain, the kind of leader the Ravens hope two or three years down the road will start to fill the void left by Ray Lewis. Great trade."
Brown would have been a better option at linebacker than Montgomery or Williams. While Brown could have wound up inside instead of outside, I believe he would have come into the league more polished and more ready.
But the Texans recovered very well at No. 57 with strong safety D.J. Swearinger out of South Carolina.
If you’re a Texans fan, would you rather have Swearinger and Montgomery or Brown and, say, Shamarko Thomas, the strong safety from Syracuse who went 111th in the fourth round to Pittsburgh?
The Steelers love Thomas and traded with division-rival Cleveland to go get him.
Draft analyst Mike Detillier of M&D Draft Report just told me he’d take the pair the Texans wound up with.
It’ll be an interesting comparison to make down the road.
The Texans drafted two defensive linemen they are going to turn into strongside linebackers in Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams in the third and fourth round.