Texans pay high price for Hollings

Updated: July 11, 2003, 8:36 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The Houston Texans had the second-worst rushing offense in the league last year, so they wanted to take steps to make sure that wouldn't be the case this year. They picked up free agent Stacey Mack and drafted Domanick Davis to go along with holdovers James Allen and Jonathan Wells. But the Texans still had a running back itch, and they scratched it Thursday by selecting Tony Hollings in the supplemental draft.

It's no surprise that Houston chose Hollings considering his agent, Todd France, said the Texans were one of the teams coveting his client. But it was a bit of a shock that they were willing to give up a second-round pick to land the former Yellow Jacket. Hollings has only four games at tailback on his collegiate resume, although those four games had him atop the NCAA's rushing and scoring leader boards at the start of last season.

Tony Hollings
If Tony Hollings fully recovers from his knee injury, the Texans could have a steal.
On the surface, the price the Texans paid seems high given the risk involved. However, the risk may be justified. With Mack, Allen and Wells, there is no urgency to rush Hollings into the lineup. Should Hollings not be ready for training camp, he could be placed on the physically unable to perform list and perhaps be activated in the seventh week of the season.