Steel B's What I would Do
1. I would try to trade with Denver a 2010 3rd and 5th for a sign and trade Kuper and Hillis. Kuper doesn't fit Denvers new power blocking scheme that they are trying to implement. Hillis is the power RB everybody is clamoring for. Denver doesn't really have a use for Hillis.
2. Sign Chester Taylor and Johnny Jolly in FA. Both should be reasonable $ contract FA signings. Taylor is a good RB that has good hands can pick up the blitz and is capable of carrying the ball 20 times a game. He's also very durable. Jolly is a proven vet. and the big bodied run stuffer that this team is lacking. If he is aquitted on the drug charges the Texans should think about bringing Jolly home. Plan B Bring Casey Hampton home.
A proven vet. DT in FA is a must this offseason. This is not the offseason to hope to try to draft a DT that may or may not bust.
In the draft my mock would look something like this
Rd1 Iupati Idaho- Best G in draft,the running game would become a strength instead of a weakness with Kuper and Iupati manning the G positions and the dependable Taylor toting the rock. Look at the Jets to see what a great OL can do for a teams confidence.
Rd2 Amari Spievey CB Iowa- Spievey isn't the fastest CB in the draft although he has good speed,he's always in the right position to make a play. He has good hands and is a great tackler. Norm Parker (his DB Coach) called him the best DB he has ever coached. Parker also coached Bob Sanders. Fall back plan Brandon Ghee.
Rd.4 Robert Johnson S Utah- Johnson is the most underrated saftey in this draft. He is a hard hitting playmaker that is good in coverage (great hands) and is good against the run. The Texans will be lucky if he falls this far in the draft.
Rd.6 Marshall Newhouse G TCU- Big atheletic G he was a 3 yr starter on a really good OL at TCU. played LT. His best years are ahead of him.
Rd.6 Lamarcus Coker RB Hampton- He avg. 7 yds a carry at Tenn. before he was kicked off the team for smokin pot. Transfered to Hampton where in an article I read his coach explained how he had turned his life around and was a team leader. He has Chris Johnson speed nad on a limited basis proved he can play with the big boys of the SEC. He also runs with power like Johnson. At the very least he would be a great KR/PR. The Texans should do their homework on Coker and if he checks out he would be a steal at this point in the draft.
Rd.7 Kade Weston DT Ga.- Big run stuffing DT who was stuck behind 2 really good DT's at Ga. Weston has potential to be a really good player.
I know this will not happen but I think the Texans have to think outside the box this year if Smithiak are going to make up the ground they need to in order to make the playoffs/not get fired.
Let the critiques begin.