Houston Texans 7- Round Mock Draft
By Raymon Marceau
The Texans are looking good after free agency. The loss of Quin IMO was the one that hurt the most but with the addition of Ed Reed it shouldn’t be that big of a loss. The addition of Lechlar and Greg Jones are great to fill team needs.
1st Round 27th pick: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
When deciding a WR for this pick I had to go to the tape. It came down between DeAndre Hopkins and Justin Hunter. They both fit well with the style of offense the Texans run with great short routes and the ability to catch it down the field. I like Hunter better with a bigger size at 6 ft. 4 200 pounds and has blazing 4.44 speed. He can fit in nice across from Andre Johnson.
2nd Round 57th pick: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Last year the Texans had some trouble on the right side of the offensive line. I believe Ben Jones will be fine at RG but Derek Newton showed why he doesn’t belong there. Armstead was getting division 1 offers but went to Arkansas-Pine Bluff to play football and compete in track and field. Armstead could be plugged in to beef up this offensive line.
3rd Round 94th pick: Baccari Rambo, S, Georgia
The Texans got rid of Glover Quin. Luckily they were able to pick up veteran safety Ed Reed. I don’t know how many years Reed will be in Houston. Rambo has 1st round talent but off the field issue has plagued him to fall to 3rd-4th round range. Rambo could go under Ed Reeds wing and learn to become a better safety and stay out of trouble off the field.
3rd Round 97th pick: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
The Texans biggest hole last year was inside linebacker. With Cushing and Daryl Sharpton getting hurt they had veterans Tim Dobbins, Barrett Ruud and Bradie James play. They lacked speed and play making ability. Bostic can come in and fight for a starting job with Daryl Sharpton who hasn’t stayed healthy throughout his NFL career so far.
4th Round 129th pick: Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee Martin
The Texans haven’t shown any real interest in signing veteran NT Shaun Cody. He hasn’t really been a great run stopper or pass rusher the past few years. Montori Hughes has had off the field issues but had a great Senior Bowl and Combine.
5th Round 158th pick: Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
I have never been a big fan of Matt Schaub. He is only a product of the system that Houston runs. An offense that relies on running the ball and play action. Any pass over 15-20 yards is iffy because he under throws the ball and lacks accuracy. The NFL has become more diverse with dual threat QBs. Scott had a big year in Rich Rodriguez system in Arizona and could give Schaub a run.
6th Round 190th pick: Joe Kruger, OLB/DE, Utah
The Texans need a replacement for Barwin to backup up Mercilus and Reed. Joe Kruger comes from a great bloodline with his brother Paul having a break through year and his brother has similar play style and physique. Kruger would be a great pass rusher and backup.
6th Round 201st pick: Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State
The Texans are known to have a bunch of TE’s in their offense who can catch 1st block 2nd. James Casey bolted to Philly and Stoneburner should be picked to replace him. He had a decent year at Ohio State and could be good on Houston.
7th Round 222nd pick: Kyle Juszcyk, FB, Harvard
Even though Houston did sign Greg Jones it was a one-year deal. He may leave at the end of the year so why not draft a FB with good run blocking and a decent receiver. Juszcyk could backup Jones this year and possible start next year if Jones leaves.