Texans 7 Round Mock Draft
This year the Texans have 7 picks this year. The last couple years the Texans have focused on the defensive side of the ball. With JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Kareem Jackson and Brooks Reed the Texans have developed a solid young defense. The Texans have some holes that need to filled on both sides of the ball. I have some solutions that could fix some holes before the draft. Nose Tackle and Inside Linebacker are their two big holes on Defense. Shaun Cody had a very unproductive year. He is also 30 years old and coming off injury. I think the Texans should put Jared Crick at NT. He was a sought out talent out of Nebraska who had his senior season shortened by a torn pectoral muscle. If they bulk him up to 300 pounds, which isn’t out of the picture because he weighs 287 pounds. They could let go of Shaun Cody who is a free agent. The next hole would be inside linebacker. The best run stopping LB last year was Brooks Reed. When he was injured they were shredded in the run. IMO I would let Connor Barwin go to free agency who is going to look for big money. Then they move Brooks Reed into the other ILB next to Brian Cushing. Then put Mercilus at one of the starting OLB. I would then seek a free agent or use the 27th pick to pick an OLB/DE. The starting defense would look like this:
LE NT RE
Watt Crick Smith
OLB MLB MLB OLB
Mercilus Reed Cushing FA/1st rd pick
1st Round pick 27th: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE, Oregon: With the way I repositioned the defense the Texans are looking for a new OLB/DE. Jordan is a freakish athlete at 6 ft. 7 245 pounds he has great size and speed to be an edge rusher in the NFL. Looking at game film he has great speed and reaction to plays. He has a great use of his hands in the run game and great moves in the pass rush.
2nd Round pick 57th: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Arthur Brown reminds me of Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David. With a smaller frame around 230 he has the read and react skills of a regular MLB but is smaller. He has good speed and can cover really good for a LB. He can add depth to the Linebacking core
3rd Round Pick 89th: Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech: Houston needs some receivers that can play across from Andre Johnson. Kevin Walter needs to go because he isn’t a threat to opposing defenses. Da’Rick Rogers has had some personal issues that got him suspended from Tennessee, which led to his transfer to Tennessee Tech. With great size at 6 ft. 4 215 pounds and talent, veterans like Johnson and Foster can keep him out of trouble and be a great player on the field.
4th Round Pick 126th: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon: Kyle Long is a prospect that has a grade of a 2-4 round pick. His results at the combine will solidify his grade. I’ve seen him around the 3rd-4th round. He would be a great addition to Houston’s offensive line. Running a zone-blocking scheme at Oregon will be a quick transition into the NFL with Houston’s zone blocking scheme.
5th Round Pick 158th: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina: Houston has a great backfield with Foster, Tate and Forsett. There is a chance that Tate could get traded before the draft, at the draft or after the draft. Lattimore is a boom or bust pick and why not take a guy who would be a 1st round pick without his injury. The worse case he continues with his knee injuries and doesn’t have a successful career. The best case is he is the great back he was expected to be.
6th Round Pick 190th: Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina: One of my favorite sleepers in this years upcoming draft. Sanders has moves like Devin Hester and reminds me of Jacoby Jones but more developed wide out and faster. He would be a great addition to their offense at the slot receiver.
7th Round Pick 222nd: Brad Wing, P, LSU: The last pick should be a kicker or a punter. Shayne Graham and Donnie Jones are up their in age and haven’t showed their aging with poor or below average talent. Wing is considered the best punter with long hang times and actually pretty fast for a punter..
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