Doppelganger 1's Alternative December Mock
In my last mock, I made the mock with the intent of a switch to a 3-4 D. This time around, I say, maybe we need to play to our strengths. This Defense WILL get better next year. Why? 1) Frank Bush is certainly gone. His replacement will certainly do better, I mean, there is no place to go but up. 2) Hopefully Barwin returns.
So, with that in mind, I found out that 22/24 teams that averaged 30.0ppg or more have made the playoffs. Currently the Texans are at 24.8. Perhaps, the easiest way to get into the playoffs is to focus on our strength and try to outscore other teams. So, that's what this mock is all about: trying to get the team from 24.8 ppg to 30.0+.
1. Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh. A perfect compliment to AJ. Think of Baldwin as Boldin to AJís Larry Fitz. Kevin Walter is a nice receiver, but he is not as skilled as Baldwin. Plus, Baldwin can learn a lot from a mentor like AJ.
2. Ryan Broyles, WR/PR, Oklahoma. Yep. Another receiver. But, he is the type of guy who could be great in the slot. Good hands, good speed, and a nightmare for LBs and Safteys. Put AJ on one side, Baldwin on the other, and Broyles in the middle? Wow. No more Jacoby jones dropping simple passes. With these two additions, Schaub now has fast, strong sure handed receivers to throw the ball to. All those drops from Walter and Jones are now gone. Plus, he can return punts. No more JJ will he drop it or not drama.
3. John Moffitt, G/C, Wisconsin: a massive road grading G/C combo player that can open up holes for the running game or give Schaub a few extra seconds to throw to our receiving corp. This is a key position change.
4. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, WR/KR, Iowa. We can bring back 4 wr sets with him. Think back to the high powered offenses of the Run and Shoot. With all these rules that benefit the offense, such as Pass interference, its time to send 4 speedy receivers down the field and chuck the ol ball down the field. If you don't get a reception, you may get a pass interference play. DJK lets us do that. Plus he can also play in the slot or on the side and can handle KR duty. No more Steve Slaton's patented kickoff return to the 22 yard line.
5. Alex Henery, K, Nebraska: I have no problem with Rackers. BUT, this guy can consistently hit from 50+. Not all drives will end in tds. We need a guy who can boot them in from a LOOOONG way out to get to 30+ppg.
6. Derek Epperson, P, Baylor I know its high, but he is booting the ball 44+ yards. On those times we cannot score, it would be nice to make it a little tougher on the defense to score.
7. Charlie Gantt, TE, Michigan State: He is going to be what Anthony Hill was supposed to be: a tough inline extra blocker who can find catch every few games. He will provide additional pass coverage and can open up some additional running holes.
Re: Doppelganger 1's Alternative December Mock
Re: Doppelganger 1's Alternative December Mock
3 WR's in the first 4 rounds? I'd like to see at least 2 of those picks spent on the weakest part of our offense and that's the O-line. Here's my all offense mock I did a couple weeks ago. Your opinion?
1. Derek Sherrod-OT, the Duane Brown-LT experiment comes to an end, he's good at run blocking but mediocre at best in pass blocking and a LT's main job, and the reason they make more money than anyone else on the O-line, is because of their pass blocking ability to protect the QB's blind side. We can move Brown to LG or to RT, thus improving 2 positions with one pick and O-line is the biggest weakness on the offensive side of the ball.
2. Kristofer O'Dowd-C, Myers is a Kubiak guy and doing a decent job this year but he's still undersized and an upgrade is never a bad thing.
3. John Moffitt-OG, this might require a little luck, he could go at the end of the 2nd or top of the 3rd round but I think the Texans will pick in the 12-14 range so he's a realistic possibility. I really thought that Caldwell would own the RG spot my now, so it's disappointing that he's still rotating with Brisiel. If he doesn't start right away then he's at least a massive upgrade to our depth.
* The O-line is our only major weakness on offense and these guys should be starters by midseason thus upgrading our quality and depth.
4. Terrance Tolliver-WR, I had high hopes for Jacoby Jones this year and he started off well but has since been dropping balls and will be a FA at the end of the year that's not worth a high priced contract. Tolliver has decent speed and is 6'05" and in the mid rounds will be much cheaper than Jones.
5. Clint Boling-OT/OG, I originally had Steve Schilling-OG here but we'll most likely lose Rashad Butler to FA and will need another backup OT. Boling can also play OG and should be a good utility O-lineman improving our depth making Studdard and Brisiel expendable.
6. Andy Dalton-QB, Leinart will be gone at the end of the year and Dan O stinks. Dalton has size and will give us someone to put on the practice squad for insurance.
7. Mario Fannin-RB, over the last couple years we've learned the importance of having a decent RB on the practice squad. Fannin has good size and average speed but he can also catch passes which should work well for screens and outlet plays.
I know it's heavy on the O-line but that's our biggest weakness on offense and we need better quality starters at several positions and better depth. Sorry no CSU players and no TE's.
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