Instead of doing another 2012 Mock Draft I decided it would be funner to use a best of approach, taking best of mocks done in 2011. Just copy & paste original with two new picks & updates. For those who don't follow the draft on a regular basis, consider this your primer for Texans 2012 Draft Board -
First Round: Dwight Jones, North Carolina, WR 6040 225
Big target to help Andre & former teammate Tar Heel QB TJ Yates. Senior prospect with good combination of size/speed with #1 potential, should make excellent #2 option. Averages 93.3 yards per game, 11 TD's, 14.16 yards per catch, 1119 yards. The association & learning curve should be maximized between Yates & Jones having worked together already for three years. This was a deciding factor, all things being equal with other WR prospects with similar numbers, skill set & measureables. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA1G_w2kfj0
NOTE: This was from week 13, Yates first NFL action, so far so good. Have to measure his impact more going forward, what better way than to bring in a former #1 target? Great size…NFL ready body…Gets off the line very well…Effective after the catch using his size and strength to over power smaller defenders…very physical route runner, he is no afraid to battle down the field or at the line
Second Round: Alameda Ta’amu, Washington, NT 6024 336
NFL two gap nose tackle. Size, strength, temperament. Only sure fire starting NT in this draft adds great interest around the league to 3-4 teams easily helping push his stock into the first round. Cody may fit in Wade Phillips system & I must admit he had done admirably so far but the middle of Texans run defense is still suspect, by having a true beast to disrupt blocking schemes, he would keep the LB’s clean, eliminating those frustrating medium length gains.
I realize his stock has slipped from 1st rd to 2nd/3rd but he still possess NFL body for position needed (NG) in a 3-4. Rated DT next highest positional need after WR so if Texans choose to address this need here he has to be in the mix. Played hurt most of 2011 that hurt his draft stock.
Third Round: Brandon Boykin, Georgia, CB/RET 5-10 183
Two-fold, need another cover corner to replace Allen & a true kick returner to help special teams. Second team All-SEC selection by the league coaches and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist in 2011 after recording 48 tackles, including nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, nine pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. A threat in the return game as well, Boykin added 780 kickoff return yards and 88 punt return yards.
Fourth Round: Chris Galippo, USC, ILB 6016 252
Cushing clone. Very sound fundamentals with elite quickness/recognition skills & strong. This would round out Texans ILB’s with a strong group for the long haul, Cushing, DeMeco, Sharpton & Galippo.
I say some pretty funny things sometimes, Cushing clone is one of them, how can you clone that beast? Other than that fact he does play inside linebacker for USC has the size & athletic ability to play on Sundays. Excellent depth pick, could develop over time into starter.
Fifth Round: Broderick Binns, Iowa, DE/OLB 6010 261
Like his upside in a 3-4 defense. Fits along with Jamison, better athlete than Nading. Leads Iowa in TFL 11.5, 5.5 sacks, 59 tackles, decent in coverage with 8 passes broken-up (shows intelligence, ability to read & good instincts) with one pick.
New Pick. I've been really wanting to include him despite passion to address OL but I think by adding him to this special group would only enhance his future status given Texans elite depth @ OLB even without Mario Williams.
Sixth Round: Grant Garner, Oklahoma State, OC/OG 6030 290
Myers has been both durable & steady. This is a developmental pick to groom behind him since every guy who tries to fill his back-up slot seems to get injured or cut. Texans are a little thin here so it’s a good idea to invest in a quality person who can someday be a starter.
2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES). I'm going to get killed for waiting this long to select an OL, can't really believe it myself? Just how it flowed some really good players in every round to address every need. Also thought about adding OT prospect but didn't do that last year & adding a returner for me has become an absolute must (Boykin) who adds positional value as well.
Seventh Round: Jared Karstetter, Washington State, WR 6040 215
Texans gave up a 7th for Mason so this is backend heavy @ WR. The way the draft looks to fall Texans are out of position in both 1st & 2nd rounds to grab a legitimate difference maker so I think Rick Smith will effort to land a big time free agent & address WR need via this route. Basicly with this pick & Mason he's adding three camp bodies to compete with existing players. Of course there is no guarantee Karstetter is anything more that PS material but he is very smart (going to be a dentist) sure handed big WR who usess body well, above average blocker & effective red zone target. Very under rated & not well followed.
Looks like Texans don't have to give up a 7th rd. pick. Re-cap season - 60 receptions, 700 yards 11.67 yards per catch, 6 TD's 58.3 yards per game. Maybe forcing WR with first pick but adding another body here who can add much needed depth to WR position still not such a bad move.
ps: these are from my own mocks