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Default Re: Beerlover Pre-Combine Mock

Now for the rest of the Texans picks, pre-combine-

2). Robert Ayers, DE Tennessee 6031 273
If still on the board. second choice Paul Kruger, DE Utah. third choice DE Jarron Gilbert. theme is to take the best available DE in the second rd.


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NFL Draft Scout Risers: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee: Ayers entered the Senior Bowl hoping to prove he could rush the passer, as he finished with only three sacks as a senior despite earning first-team All-SEC honors. Spirited battles early in the week of practice against Ole Miss LT Michael Oher turned scouts on to Ayers, and for those who stuck around for the game, Ayers proved able to transfer his new-found burst into the stat book, leading the game with 1.5 sacks and earning Defensive MVP accolades. With only two games started entering his senior season, scouts will question whether Ayers is a flash in the pan, but his performance in Mobile could be enough to land him in the first round. - Rob Rang, The SportsXchange, NFLDraftScout.com
3a). Lawerence Sidbury, DE/OLB Richmond, 6023 265

Love his potential, explosive smooth athletic ability can flip hips & change direction on a dime. could be developed as situational pass rusher & OLB.


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Lawrence Sidbury attracted attention at two postseason events just by being measured. The former University of Richmond defensive end has 35-inch arms and 10-inch hands, some of the longest/biggest among all NFL prospects, and highly valuable tools for block-shedding and a tackling. Sidbury took part in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 17 and the Senior Bowl on Jan. 24. "He had a chance to rush against these tackles that are rated highly," said UR coach Mike London. "And he goes out and he competes, and he does well against them. I'm hearing from a bunch of scouts that his stock is rising." Some scouts believe Sidbury, from Cheltenham, Md., has an NFL future at outside linebacker, though he played defensive end through four seasons as a Spider. If football doesn't work out, Sidbury earned a computer-science degree from UR and minored in mathematics. Sidbury is stationed in Fair Lawn, N.J., where until mid-February he will train at the Parisi Speed School, a performance-enhancement establishment. Then it's off the NFL combine from Feb. 18-24 in Indianapolis. Does it seem silly to you that 35-inch arms and 10-inch hands are valued so highly by NFL scouts? Yeah, I mean, you can't really help how long your arms and fingers are. They do help you though. They work in my favor. I just kind of had them, so I used them, just tried to keep blockers off me with them. - John O'Connor, Times-Dispatch
3b). Rashad Jennings, RB Liberty 6-1 234

By trading down the Texans once again address RB this time with a power style back to compliment Steve Slaton. Good instincts, north & south runner.


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Like QB Rhett Bomar, Liberty running back Rashad Jennings started at a major program -- Pittsburgh. Unlike Bomar, Jennings made the decision himself to move schools, going to the Lynchburg, Va., university to be closer to his ailing father. This week he has looked as good, and possibly better, than all of the other backs on the field. His combination of size (6-1, 234) and quickness really stand out, and he looks natural catching the ball in the flat. - Chad Reuter, The Sports Xchange
4). A.Q. Shipley, Center Penn State 6010 297 (for mussop)

I'm upgrading Shipley grade one round, because he is also a long snapper which the Texans need since they will not resign Bryan Pittman. Also there is nobody to back-up Meyers or upgrade Meyers which ever the case may turn out to be so this pick has extra value for Texans & he should be there for the taking.


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The Rimington Trophy award winner (nation's top center) was the anchor of Penn State's best offensive line in more than a decade. His height (6-foot-1) could hurt his draft position, but his strength, work ethic and intelligence will gain Shipley notice. Expect him to be a mid to late-round pick.
5). Ellis Lankster, CB West Virginia 5091 191

Also upgraded one round, trying to be realistic, great instincts, fast competitive & solid in run support could get a shot @ FS but is a solid CB.

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CB Ellis Lankster put on a strong performance in the Senior Bowl and has been invited to the NFL combine, where he will try to improve his late-round projections. West Virginia has made a living off an odd-front, 3-3-5 stack defense that is built on speed. It took a while to rebuild the defense this year, but it has become one of the most solid in the nation, leading the Big East in fewest points allowed. CB Ellis Lankster is the best cover corner and a solid tackler.
6). Brandon Tate, WR/KR North Carolina 6-1 195

Playmaker who had severe season ending acl otherwise no way he is still on the board. He comes into camp 100% recovered & competes with Jacoby for WR/KR duties.


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A knee injury that prematurely ended his season kept him from showing his true abilities. At the time of his injury, he was averaging better than 22 yards a punt return and more than 27 yards on returning kickoffs. Much will depend on how much he is able to show at the scouting combine.
7). Michael Bennett, DE Texas A&M 6-4 271

If still on the board. second choice Phillip Hunt, DE Houston, third choice Nick Reed, DE Oregon. overloading position but out of this bunch the Texans should generate a much improved pass rush.


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East-West Shrine Tuesday practice: Another impressive lineman was Texas A&M Aggie Michael Bennett. He showed the strength to bull rush and move down the line while engaged, as well as the length to threaten right tackles off the edge. - Chad Reuter, The SportsXchange
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