ANALYSIS: The Houston Texans are getting old at running back and need some new, fresh legs. The Texans did draft Darius Walker out of Notre Dame last year but he is still unproven and nowadays, two running backs are great to have. Also, the Texans did not sign Ron Dayne back, their leading rusher and Ahman Green getting injured last year. An upgrade at running back would be a great addition.
Last year, Dayne and Green combined for 1,033 yards, 8 TDs and averaged 3.8 YPC. Dayne had the larger load of the carries due to Green's injury. Dayne rushed for 773 yards, with 6 TDs, and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Green only rushed for 260 yards with 2 TDs and 3.7 yards per carry on only 70 carries. Green is 31 years old and has missed 23 games in the past 3 years. He is past his prime years with Green Bay and is being slowed down by constant knee and leg injuries. With a large, fast running back in Jonathan Stewart, the Texans would very much improve that solid offense with Matt Schaub at QB and an above average receiving core.
Stewart has had a great career with the Oregon Ducks, rushing for 2,891, 27 TDs, and averaged 5.0 yards per carry over three years. Stewarts first season as a freshman was slowed down with an ankle injury. In his freshman year, Stewart had a total of 9 TDs (six rushing, one receiving, and two kickoff returns.) In Stewart's sophomore year, he only finished 19 yards shy of 1,000. Again, he was bothered by an ankle injury. Over his first two years at Oregon, he had an ankle issue and now has a broken big toe that has been completely blown up by the media. In Stewart's 3rd and final season at Oregon, he rushed for 1,722 yards with 13 TDs (11 rush, 2 receiving), and 6.2 yards per carry. He also caught 22 passes for 145 yards.
In this year's NFL Combine, Stewart came in at 5'11" and weighing in at 230 lbs. Stewart is a very large running back, and for a very large running back, he is very fast. Stewart ran a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash. Stewart also had 28 bench reps which finished in front of Mendenhall and McFadden. He also had the 2nd highest vertical jump at 36.5 inches.
Jonathan Stewart is certainly the running back the Texans need and if they passed up on this potential star running back, it would be a giant mistake.
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|2||St. Louis Rams||Chris Long||Chad||Details|
|3||Atlanta Falcons||Glenn Dorsey||mas12||Details|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Gholston||Doctor Chicago||Details|
|5||Kansas City Chiefs||Sedrick Ellis||whitebearsox23||Details|
|6||NY Jets||Darren McFadden||DaNate23||Details|
|7||New England Patriots||Leodis McKelvin||tyger1147||Details|
|8||Baltimore Ravens||Matt Ryan||McRipper||Details|
|9||Cinncinati Bengals||Keith Rivers||tomas21||Details|
|10||New Orleans Saints||Mike Jenkins||sirus19x||Details|
|11||Buffalo Bills||Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie||Chad||Details|
|12||Denver Broncos||Ryan Clady||Arctic Bronco||Details|
|13||Carolina Panthers||Jeff Otah||DaNate23||Details|
|14||Chicago Bears||Chris williams||tyger1147||Details|
|15||Detroit Lions||Rashard Mendenhall||Doctor Chicago||Details|
|16||Arizona Cardinals||Derrick Harvey||Gillrowdy||Details|
|17||Minnesota Vikings||Calias Campbell||Ando||Details|
|18||Houston Texans||Jonathan Stewart||whitebearsox23||Details|
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