Join Date: May 2004
First Edition: rmartin65, badboy, beerlover Texans Mock
Round 1: Bose State CB Kyle Wilson 5'10" 190
Big upper body, cut & plays physical. Competitive, confident matches up with teams #1 WR in man coverage. Does has some expereince @ FS. Lions staff coached @ the Senior Bowl, would like the tandem of Lous Delmas, FS paired with Kyle Wilson, CB but not if the Texan can take him first. Reminds me alot of Dunta Robinson when he first came into the league, except he seems stronger with position & hands, will jump route, has great intincts & and ball awareness. Wilson is considered the best cover-corner in the Senior Class which also means he's seasoned & mature possilbly more prepared for the NFL than even the top Juniors. Still despite Bosie States lack of national exposure Kyle did make 2nd team All-American & helped his team defeat an excellent TCU team in Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 17-10 (forced fumble, sack & two break-ups, 3 tackles) For his Bronco career Kyle had 159 tackles, 11 Int's, 27 passing break-ups & 959 punt return yards. Texans priority need would be #1 CB going into next season if Dunta Robinson is not re-signed & walks away a free-agent. Luckily the Texans will have a resolution to this situation prior to the draft which is in April.
Round 2: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, 6’1” 235
The Texans would have been at least a game better had they had a better short yard running game. Enter Toby Gerhart. A player that rarely (if ever) is stopped in his tracks; he consistently falls forward when getting tackled. Gerhart posses surprising agility for a player of his size, and he uses it to great advantage. One of the reasons Gerhart is so good at yards after contact is he rarely allows the defender to get a good bead on him. Gerhart is also a willing blocker, but could use some work in this area. He has the size and strength to be one of the best at it. Gerhart is a decent as a receiver out of the backfield. He was not asked to do it much, but when given the chance he performed admirably. The biggest concern about Gerhart is ball security. While (I don’t think) he has been charged with a lost fumble, he does occasionally hold the ball a little loosely. We feel that this is a problem that could be easily corrected with proper coaching. The end sum is Gerhart is not just a power back; he is the real deal. A blue collar, hard working football player that will do anything to see his team win.
Round 3: Alabama LG Mike Johnson, 6'5" 306
Address OL same draft slot as last year (C/OG Antoine Caldwell) familarity playing next to each other (most scouts consider Johnson played better last year next to Caldwell). Hence, draft stock has slipped a little & could still be on the board. Excellent pulling guard for ZBS, footwrok & hand placement to engage then seperate in 2nd level. Natural & fluid, struggles to anchor, plays high but with quick feet will work & reset anchor when leverage lost, very active has internal clock to release downfield. Starting OL would look like this- LT Duane Brown, LG Mike Johsnon, C Chris Myers, RG Antoine Caldwell, RT Eric Winston. Should be great camp competition for starting OL positions (Studdard is going to battle to keep his job & Brisel will do the same). A side story may be if Caldwell kicks inside to Center during Fall & pre-season next to his old LG. As expected Pitts moves elsewhere via free agency.
Round 4: East Carolina University DT Linval Joseph, 6'6" 322
Underclassman, no need to worry has been productive since day one, elite size uses bull rush to dominante defender inside usually requiring double team. Space eater with some penetration skills, a stiff diet & workout regime would keep him lean & mean around 315. A two-time All-Conference USA player, Joseph made 60 tackles last season, including a team-high 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He totaled 143 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in 41 career games. Starting DL would look like this- LDE Antonio Smith, NT Linval Joseph, RDT Amobi Okoye, RDE Mario Williams. This would allow both Smith & Mario to play their natual positions, should also help free Amobi to penetrate more quickly. If the Texans can develop a potent pass rush with only four it allows more freedom to take away routes & mis-matches that have killed Texans in past.
Round 5a: Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes, 6’ 210
Barnes was the leading receiver in the FCS last year, averaging 11.9 receptions a game, that’s 3 more per game than the number 2. Not only does he catch a lot, he gets a lot of TD’s. 16 in the regular season, 3 in the bowl game. Barnes will not put up the sexy measurables that GMs want in a receiver. He is not tall, not overly fast or agile. He just gets separation, and if a ball comes his way, he catches it. We see receiver becoming a potential need in the future. AJ is an 8 year pro, and may (or may not) be leaving the Texans if winning is not done soon. Walter had a rather lackluster year, JJ is still a project (but getting better), and the others are no more than role player. Barnes can become an ideal number 2, and will take full advantage of learning from one of the best in the game.
Round 5b: Iowa ILB Pat Angerer, 6’ 235
As we progress further down in the draft, immediate impact took a backseat to depth and potential. And a place that is startlingly thin is ILB. Behind DeMeco we have…Kevin Bently. Angerer is undersized but does not play like it. He is like a Brian Cushing, if there is contact; he wants a part of it. Angerer gets a bad rap as being unathletic; this simply is not the case. While he is not the athletic freak that some players are, Angerer possesses a suitable amount to be a player in this league for 10-12 years. He is a very smart player, a must from the ILB position. One area of concern is his blitzing, as he was not asked to do that much at Iowa.
Round 6: Clemson OG/C Thomas Austin, 6'3" 310
This Clemson offensive linemen 6'3" 310lbs was rated by Mel Kiper as top senior center for 2010 draft prior to last season. Rated #4 OG by Phil Steele and Lindy's. 3 time offensive lineman of the week in ACC; first time since 1989 when Stacy Long won. 206 career knock downs. While Pouncy and JD Walton seemingly drew more attention last season, Austin quietly returned to starting at OG rather than splitting between center & guard. Pass blocking: "Good initial punch to jar the DT; slides well with knees bent staying square with defender." Run blocking:"Good leg drive and strength to push back defender. Anchors well against bull rush". Negative:often takes a step back before anchoring & therefore impedes runner. This is a training issue but might push him down in the pecking order. Not surprised if he goes before our pick. I like him as eventual replacement for Myers.
Round 7: LSU Returner Trindon Holliday, 5’5” 170 lbs
For our 7th round pick we decided to go with a returner with gamebreaking speed. Called by some the fastest player to ever play college football, Holliday will be our Joshua Cribbs.; Stud returner that sees the field 3-5 times a game on offense to keep the D on their toes. Trindon Holliday is surprisingly agile for a sprinter; watch some of the highlight vids in the thread. His size is what is going to keep him down in the draft. However, I have not seen any sign of him shying away from hits. He will not be asked to run up the middle, just the occasional stretch run or screen. In the NFL, speed kills. And this little guy has enough to be a certified assassin.[/quote][/quote]