My last "mock" rubbed YTF the wrong way, so this time around it will be layed out as more of a "who I think the Texans should choose", where I think they will be available with an explanation to boot. No trades or movement.
Here is a current list of my top 14 prospects. They will no be available in this MOCK with the Texans first round pick.
In no oder (1Sam Bradford, 2Matthew Stafford, 3Chris Wells, 4Andre Smith, 5Michael Oher, 6Eugene Monroe, 7Michael Crabtree, 8Brian Orakpo, 9Michael Johnson, 10Rey Maualuga, 11Aaron Curry, 12Malcom Jenkins, 13Vonte Davis, 14Taylor Mays)
I feel our biggest needs are at safety, guard, center, defensive end, tail back and cornerback. I feel our strengths are linebacker, offensive tackle, receiver, and tight end.
Round 1: With the 15th pick in the 2009 NFL draft the Houston Texans select: William Moore, FS, Missouri
Note: I dont think the Texans are desperate enough to draft Duke Robinson this high to replace Mike Brisel even though most feel an upgrade could be helpful. I think a good guard will be available when we pick in the 2nd. I also feel like unless we get a shot at Vonte or Jenkins the Texans need to look elsewhere with the pick. The Texans take a 6'1" 230lbs ballhawking safety who can lay the wood and come up in run support. He will put up some good numbers in the combine and should be the 1st or 2nd safety selected in the 2009 draft.
Round 2: Andy Levitre, OG, Oregon State
Note: I want a OC, or OG to help up front and I feel we will get a shot at a good one here in the 2nd round with Max Unger, Jonathan Luigs and Andy Levitre possibly available. I feel that the interior of the offense is built with good players in the 2nd or 3rd rounds, and since we have missed out on our 2nd round pick for the past 4 years we need to use it here. Max can play multiple line positions and his attributes point towards a zone scheme.
Round 3: Max Unger, OC, Oregon
Note: Again I am taking an interior lineman. Max is built for a zone blocking scheme as he is more athletic than most, but not as strong and will need the zone offense to hide his weakness. I am not as high on him as some who have him in the top 1-2 rounds, but think a zone team will scoop him up in the 3rd.
Round 4: Andre Brown, RB, North Carolina Sate
Note: With literally no shot at Shonn Greene, Javon Ringer, Rashad Jennings and CJ Spiller, the Texans draft Andre Brown out of NC State. A big body 6'0" 228lbs back who can catch the ball out of the backfield. A skill the Texans are going to want their running backs to have.
Round 5: Roy Miller, DT, Texas
Note: Roy Miller was the dominant force when Orakpo was out for a few games. The D-line was still productive only because of Miller. Miller is great value in the 5th round and will add some great depth.
Round 6: Tim Jamison, DE, Michigan
Note: Tim Jamison was poised to be the next great Michigan defender, but had a disapointing start to his senior campaign. The defense came on late and was a good unit. Tim might be overshadowed enough by Brandon Graham to drop. Unless he has a stellar combine, he should be available late.
Round 7: David Johnson, QB, Tulsa
Note: Threw for over 3800 yards with 43 TD's and 18 picks. At 6'3" 220 has the size and had great arm strength for most of his season. Should be a good project QB. And we all know the Texans like late value QB's.
As you can see I missed out on cornerback help, but that will just have to come in free agency.
YTF, be gentle... be scared, very scared