Originally Posted by beerlover
1. Mike Iupati-Center Idaho
Has fast become a popular pick, imagine that (OG #19/20 overall)? I guess that it's a safe pick, but I just have a hard time taking need over BPA. I'm working him into my mock in the first round but he looks out of place with all the talent around him @ skill positions. a team who takes him in the first has a serious need for an OG & usually those teams are active to address this via free agency before the draft.
2. TRADE DOWN
It makes me very sad to once again not have a second round pick. Looking back in Texans draft history it could be said not having scored elite talent in the 2nd rd. our achilles heel, as was the case last year drafting Barwin who the Texans had a 1st rd. grade on could miss out on another 1st rd. talent. Given Kubiaks status & the need to make the playoffs with a much tougher schedule, if anything the Texans need to trade up & aquire another 2nd either to address OL or RB depending on who is available. You do make it tempting with TWO THIRD ROUND PICKS but has this ever been done before?
3a Morgan Burnett-FS Georgia Tech
Not a bad FS, not sure if he has declared for the draft (underclassman) I think he would benefit from staying his senior year. Iowa TE Tony Moeaki owned him in the Orange Bowl, was a difficult match-up as he was shielded from ball, unable to cut & take away angles then overpowered in jump balls @ apex of ball flight.
3b Toby Gerhart, RB Stanford
He would be a target to trade up for (2nd rd.) not trade down. I just can't see him slipping to the 3rd rd.
3c. Crezdon Butler, CB Clemson
Later round pick, comparable to Brice McCain with slightly less speed, I would take a shot if there in the 6th because of his playmaking skills.
4. LaMarr Houston DT Texas
Like this pick if there? most projections have him moving up boards at least to 3rd rd. after BCS game.
5. Eric Olsen C Notre Dame
This is a player I'm really looking forward to watching in coaching drills @ the Senior Bowl in a couple weeks. could be an excellent fit if he looks athletic enough.
6a. Leroy Vann -CB Florida A&M
Spending a pick on a return specialist? I can't quite get my arms around that one, one of the things Kubiak & staff focus on is being versatile. I think this comes from a RB or WR position.
6b. Brandon Carter G Texas Tech
The Tech OL is massive, again I just don't see one of them fitting in here if Gibbs is gone or not the Texans will maintain a similar scheme. I would focus on smaller more athletic OT or OG's who can run with high motor.
7. Hunter Lawrence K, Texas
One to bring in for a workout if the Texans do not address this via free agency.
I think Mike Iupati is rated in that range . I think the question is do you want to draft a guard that high ?
If you draft Carter and Olsen , what's that do with Caldwell and Pitts ( if Pitts returns ) .
I like Iupati , Gerhart , Houston , Lawrence , and you have to have a Crezdon on your team . I really don't know much about Burnett or Vann .