First Round: Dontari Poe, Memphis, NT 6040 335
Now that it's official, Poe is entering the 2011 NFL Draft, projected late first round, Texans select #26th as it stands, this is about right & where talent/potential meets need bolstering the Texan interior DL. Poe will be one of those ascending players because people, media, scouting community don't really know a lot about him but will be impressed enough @ the combine, along with for his pro-day workouts get multiple offers to visit teams for private workouts (Texans will be one of those teams). That workout will be key & influential in the draft if Wade believes he's found himself a franchise NT for his 3-4 scheme.
Second Round: Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M, WR 6035 225
Texan WR's play well together, even without big target, stud #1 WR Andre Johnson yet still need another star added to arsenal. Down year for entire Aggie program including firing on former Texan assistant head coach Mike Sherman. Has the same size as Dwight Jones who I had projected in the first round for Texans last week, played through assorted injurys still averaged almost 60 yards per game with 11.3 avg. per catch & 5 TD's. Expected bigger things from Jeff after last season, when he collected 72 receptions, 82 yards per game, 14.81 yards per catch & 12 TD's. Over course of four years @ Texas A&M Fuller caught almost 3,000 yards (2973) 226 receptions & 33 TD's.
Third Round: Phillip Blake, Baylor, Center/OG 6024 320
Blame RG3 if you want but chances are Phillip Blakes stock is also soaring, unlike RG3 it's a given Blake will enter the 2012 NFL draft because he is a senior. Realistic draft grade if Texans want to cover/fill two positions in one. Blake has excellent mobility, plays light on his feet for size & is an excellent athlete who fits ZBS adding both depth & future starting material for Texans.
Fourth Round: David Paulson, Oregon, TE 6040 244
The TE is central to Kubiaks offense leaning heavily on Owen Daniels for production while Dresseen feeds underneath & in open seams often neglected by opposing defenses. But that is in the past as teams focus on shutting down the TE position with nickle & safety help instead of LB's. The league is also catching on to the value of a TE position becoming more of a weapon with favorable match-ups, not just another blocker on line of scrimmage. Paulson is a sound blocker, fits play action offense, has ability to run after the catch, excellent down field blocker already with big play mentality.
Fifth Round: Jerry Franklin, Arkansas, ILB 6100 245
Very Porductive, high energy player who reminds me a lot of Sharpton. He led a very good defensive Arkansas unit in tackles with with 93. Has the height weight ratio to fill inside running lanes, sure tackler, high motor/effort who plays with passion. Also had 10 TFL for loss, 4 passes broken up, 5 QB hurries & one fumble recovery for a 94 yard TD.
Sixth Round: Robert Golden, Arizona, CB/SS 5110 200
Glover Quin doesn't get near enough credit (had to go back & check his vertical 38") the move to SS was overdue & it's obvious his natural NFL position. Robert Golden is very similar in a lot of ways. I will be following his workout among many others to see how he eventually grades out but for now he makes looks like an excellent back-up to Glover & special teams player moving forward. Third on club with 60 tackles in 2010, 69 tackles in 2011 starting CB but has experience playing SS as well.
Seventh Round: G.J. Kinne, Tulsa, QB 6020 230
Using last pick (Mason compensatory null/void) on another QB. Giving credit for this selection to rmartin65. From Mesquite Texas, he had a passer rating of 147.53 passing for 2859 yards, on 228 completions out of 355 attempts. 25 TD's & 12 INT's. Three years of starting experience also threw for 3650 yards 31 TD's & 10 INT's in 2010. 2009 2732 yards, 22 TD's 10 INT's. Like Case Keenum here as well but Kinne seems to have the stronger arm of the two & better size moving foward.