This is a quasi-mock/wish list of players I think fit what the Texans want, players who I like and would like to see as a part of our team long term. You will see a trend throughout on what kind of guys these are. Additionally, I had to make a trade to get an extra guy early. I tried my best to project where these players may go in the draft- some guys fall every year and some go earlier than expected.
**Minnesota Vikings trade with the Houston Texans. Vikings give up 1st round pick (#22) and 2nd round pick (#54) to move up to the Texans' 1st round pick (#15); they also receive the Texans' 4th round pick (#112). Texans still have the Vikings' original 4th round pick from the Sage Rosenfels trade. Why do the Vikings want this trade? Simple... I don't know but I had to get my players! Some players has to slip for them to trade up and they're worried he'll get taken before #22. Oher, Maclin, another OT, Jerry...? someone though.
Onto the mock:
1st Rd (#22): Clay Matthews III, OLB, USC
- Texans are able to trade down in front of NE and get their guy. 1 year starter but has tons of experience on one of the top collegiate defenses. A very hardworker, hich character player, is intelligent, has high measurables, very athletic and versatile. Will play OLB for the Texans and can rush the passer. 9 TFL and 4.5 sacks during 2008.
2nd Rd (#46): Eric Wood, C/G, Louisville
- Another intelligent, high character player that is a very hard worker. Probably watched more game film than any other lineman in college. Would DVR every game during the week and watch them scouting the OL. Athletic player that can be a team leader- a must as a Center. Fall back position is Guard.
2nd Rd (#54): James Casey, TE, Rice
- Extremely versatile athlete that has boosted his draft stock considerably. Man of many talents will give the Texans lots of options on any given play - TE, receiver, blocker, runningback, quarterback, longsnapper. 13 TD's and 1,329 yards receiving in 2008. Player the Texans have worked out.
3rd Rd (#77): Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty
- Here's a guy that may go as high as the late 2nd, but luckily he ends up slipping to us. Seems to be exactly what Kubiak is looking for as someone to pair with Slaton. Durable, patient runner, good hands, excels in short yardage and goalline situations. 46 TD's in the last 3 years.
4th Rd (#122): Michael Mitchell, SS, Ohio
- Props to Arlington Texan for finding this gem. Texans attended Ohio's pro day. This is the first big surprise by the Texans... a guy rarely anybody has heard of. He brings great size (6'1, 221 lbs) and athleticism to the secondary. Runs low 4.4's in the Forty, 22 reps on the bench, 37.5" vert and 10'3 broad jump- all would have been top 5 at Combine... but he got snubbed. Joins the likes of Owen Daniels, Fred Bennett and Xavier Adibi as excellent 4th round steals during the Kubiak Era. 8.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 5 INT's, 3 Forced Fumbles and 9 pass breakups during his last 2 years. http://www.ohio-share.coxnewsweb.com...ect-79516.html
5th Rd (#152): Brandon Williams, DE, Texas Tech
- Brandon is selected as a situational pass rusher and as he develops more should flourish in this role. We'll have the "Williams Duo" on passing downs wreaking havoc in the backfield. 13.5 TFL and 13 Sacks during 2008 (including the Cotton Bowl loss to Ole Miss
6th Rd (#188) Quan Cosby, WR, Texas
- Cosby is an underrated receiver that has a lot of upside in an offense like the Texans. Will compete with Jacoby for the 5th WR spot and Return duties. 12 TD's and 1,300 yards during 2008 (including the last seconds TD score to win the Fiesta Bowl).
7th Rd (#223) Clinton McDonald, DT, Memphis
- Should be a solid contributor on our DT rotation. Fits the mold of what Kollar wants in a DT, a guy that can get in the backfield, has a non-stop motor and never stops trying. Hardworker and selected as a permanent Team Captain by his teammates during his Junior year. 37 straight games played. 9 TFL, 4.5 Sacks and 2 FF during 2008.