2013 7 Round Texans Mock Draft by Raymond Marceau
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 that is going to look for big money. Then put Mercilus at one of the starting OLB.
DE: JJ Watt and Antonio Smith
NT: Jared Crick
OLB: Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus
ILB: Brian Cushing and Jon Bostic
CB: Jonathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson
SS/FS: Glover Quin and Daniel Manning
QB: Matt Schaub and Tyler Bray
RB: Arian Foster and Marcus Lattimore
FB: James Casey
WR: Andre Johnson, Tavon Austin and Kenny Stills
OT: Duane Brown and Jordan Mills
OG: Wade Smith and Ben Jones
C: Chris Myers.
1st Round pick 27th: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: If Austin is still available he can be a Percy Harvin type of receiver who can play the #2 receiver if asked of him. He could also be good in the slot if they decide to put Lestar Jean at #2 since Posey will not be back in 2013 due to torn Achillies.
2nd Round pick 57th: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee: One of my favorite prospects in this years draft who had a great combine is Tyler Bray. I feel like he has the ability to backup Schaub for a year or 2 and then take over the team and could be a franchise QB. He had a mediocre junior year but the talent in the SEC is due to it and a mediocre O-line and defense.
3rd Round Pick 89th: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida: This year has decent depth for ILB. Bostic is a great prospect that will be picked in the mid rounds. He ran a 4.6 40-yard dash and put 22 reps on the bench press. He weighs around 245 and moves great with 4.6 40. He is a downhill Mike linebacker who would fit next to Cushing.
4th Round Pick 126th: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma: If Austin is being used in the slot, Kenny Stills would be a great fit as the #2 receiver across Andre Johnson. Johnson, Stills and Austin would be a great combination.
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: Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech: Mills would be in contention to fight for the RT job. I believe Ben Jones will anchor down the RG position but Newton and Harris had a rough season. Mills has potential to be a decent RT.
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 punte.
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