There is, after all, a huge difference between the Pac-10 and the NFL. Some of Bush's best work in 2005 came against collections of football players who wouldn't last a morning in an NFL minicamp. When Reggie starts to get banged around by the big boys, will he still be as effective?
I always love this argument, i.e., discrediting a college player's accomplishments for the level of his opponents. What about those other 200 college RBs? They were going against the same college defenses and didn't put up big numbers. Bottom line is: he's the best among his peers. Assuming he won't do the same at a higher level is playing AGAINST the odds.
And as far as Houston trading down to get more picks for linemen, ANY general manager who does this would lose his job. It's fun to theorize about, and it makes you look like a football guy cause you said that O-line matters more than skill positions, BUT it ain't gonna happen. Not unless its a Rivers-Eli thing where they would be getting a roughly equivalent player PLUS more. No such option here.