I've resigned to the fact if the Texans cannot trade down they go with best defensive player left on their board. from work I've done projected pick will be -
1st. rd. Brian Cushing, OLB USC.
Senior Bowl measureables, 6031 243 almost 10" hands & 32" arms. near ideal for Texans strong side OLB (SLB). DeMeco remains MLB with good chance of fat extension to seal the deal. Diles coming off injury would be his back-up while Adibi gets his shot starting weakside, there the Texans are now set @ LB.
This certainly effects my remaining picks whom remain solid choices if available, but must change to be accurate to current projections with Texans needs, now knocking out LB in the first rd. the first big question: Is Delmas or Kruger still on the board? NO Delmas is going to move up into the first while Kruger stock is rising to the top of the 2nd. I still feel the Texans will look to address DE in the 2nd rd. its just too big of need & elite prospects will soon all be off the board.
2nd. rd. Robert Ayers, DE Tennessee 6031 273.
basicly 30 pounds heavier than Cushing with same measureables. not a tweener, a pure pass rushing DE to fill the void opposite Mario Williams. has some decent pass rush moves to build around powerfully built athlete with ability to anchor and split double-team blocking off the edge. What stood out to me @ the Senior Bowl was his ability to use his hands to keep the tackles from grabing or latching onto him thus shedding easily showing some explosive suddenness to close down on the QB & this is excatly what the Texans want to come away with after the frist day of the 09 draft.
3rd. rd. Lawerence Sidbury, DE/OLB Richmond, 6023 265
10 1/2" hands 35" arm length. surprise pick from small school once again as the Texans hammer away to solidify the pass rush. has unlimited upside but is a developmental project who will play special teams & be that situational pass rusher while providing some depth. I would still take Jennings but I think his stock is rising right off the Texans board in the 3rd. rd. It's also possible he gets some reps & SLB providing insurance in case of Cushing gets injured (which he is prone to do) of if Diles struggles coming back. anyway this official knocks out both the DE & OLB positions Texans going defense with their first three picks.. of course they resign Dunta Robinson so CB is not such a huge need.
4th. rd. Quinn Johnson, FB/RB LSU 6006 251
Powerful, agressive skilled athlete to compliment Steve Slaton. runs north & south excellent lead blocker, can pluck the ball easily out of the backfield then turn & run after the catch. step one to improve red zone effeicency- inside running attack. loves contact.
5th. rd. A.Q. Shipley, Center Penn State 6010 297
step 2 to improve red zone effeicency- leverage & muscle to win the point of attack & keep the pocket from collapsing. Not sexy picks for you guys I know, but think of it as addressing primary needs on defense first then tweeking the offense where it struggled last season, oh yeah can I have just one Penn State OL? Texans need a strong anchor in pass protection, that does not get bull-rushed. He plays low keeps leverage & uses a wide base, can fit ZBS & very important for Schaub is adept in the shotgun which you cannot understate the importance of in a passing attack these days. my one question is can he also double as the long snapper? if he can that really helps his stock & is like adding a roster spot.
6th. rd. Ellis Lankster, CB West Virginia 5091 191
love his athletic ability & fight for the ball. I think he could also play FS. flashes some playmaker moxie. good in run support solid open field tackler. If you've watched any West Virgina football you would know they are loaded with speed & play to their strengths, Ellis plays with that typical mountainer flair. 2nd team all-acc conference with 63 tackles 3 int's & 7 break-ups.
7th. rd. Bernard Scott, RB Abilene Christian 5105 199
Small school prospect, from watching Texas vs. Nation Scott hits the hole quick w/2nd gear in open field http://www.acusports.com/ViewArticle...ATCLID=3658724
. invited to combine so don't laugh too loud he might just be one of the fastest rb's in this draft? – ran for 2,156 yards (second in LSC and ACU single-season history behind his 2,165 yards in 2007) and 28 touchdowns and caught 47 passes for 826 yards and another six touchdowns. He led NCAA Division II in points per game (17.0) and all-purpose yards (256.8 yards per game) and was second in rushing, averaging 179.7 yards per game. http://www.acusports.com/ViewArticle...ATCLID=3654842
a JC transfer Scott was named the game's (div.II championship) MVP after rushing for 193 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries. Scott averaged 154.4 rushing yards per game, and he finished his only junior college season with a junior college-best 1,892 yards and 27 touchdowns.