Join Date: May 2004
Re: Best Of 2012 Mock Drafts -
Despite a hard fought playoff exit, these picks are still good value picks (Texans locked #26 in draft order). Texans could trade down, up or all around to get these players or something similar. I'm really proud how defense played, a major decision must be made in regards to extending Mario Williams but I choose to move on without his big contract, adding depth to the front 7. Winn is another 5 tech DE who has the attitude, size/strength to even kick inside to nose tackle in Wade Phillips system. He would create some inside pressure not seen this past year adding a new pass rushing dimension. Really high on secondary/returner combo, still need a cover 2 CB as well returner with sure hands & dynamic return skills. I like Boykin in 3rd rmartin65 like Harris in 4th so there are two possibilities right here. Several upgrades @ WR should be available in 2nd I like several of them, by waiting until the 2nd rd. Texans would not be reaching & still upgrading group with better value for need. Shea McClellin can also play multiple positions, He can back up ILB Cushing/DeMeco or rotate OLB with Brooks/Barwin. Hate to use the motor analogy but he runs full throttle on every play, excellent wrap up tackler, good sideline to sideline speed, takes great angles, instinctive & excellent work ethic. He would be the Texans version of the Honey Badger. The offensive line I just added some late round picks for depth purposes, both players have starting caliber talent & will have their day in the sun someday when they're ready & needed. Threw in a big, smart WR in the 7th as another camp body, his strength is around the goal line, very effective red zone target where field compresses, you need a big body to fight for position & good hands to secure the football.
First Round: Billy Winn, DE/DT Bose State, 6-3 300
Strong, physical & athletic could Wade Phillips believe he could become his future NT? Most would project him as a 5 tech DE for a 3-4 which without Mario (free agent) depth is a concern & the Ninja is getting older too. Pretty good value end of the first round, this guy is going to be a player in the league, I don't see any downside or bust potential he would be a win Winn.
Second Round: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa 6-2 215
Waited to select a WR late because I like several in this area, if Ryan Broyles is available here I would take him (he will recover fine from ACL). Also could take a look @ Joe Adams, BJ Cunningham, Jordan White, Juron Criner maybe even a Jeff Fuller is available? point is there will still be an excellent option with a much better value/grade end of second instead of end of first. McNutt is a leader on his team, he is polished, has excellent size & physical game to hold up over the middle in the NFL.
Third Round: Brandon Boykin, CB/RET, Georgia, 5-10 183
Texans need a return man & CB #2, Boykin could kill two birds with one stone. He had a great bowl game, like both his playmaking skills, speed & intensity to contest WR's man on man coverage. This should set the stage to replace Allen (free agent) & improve special teams.
Fourth Round: Shea McClellin, ILB/OLB, Bose State, 6-3 255
High motor, tenacious & versatile. Honey Badger. Just makes plays, similar work ethic to Cushing, not as athletic but makes up for it with effort. Would also be a monster on special teams. Solidifies Texan LB positions.
Fifth Round: Grant Garner, OC/OG, Oklahoma State, 6030 290
Moved him up because he fits Texan scheme & they need to shore up interior OL with quality depth & player who could someday start. Myers was drafted in 2005 6th rd. 200th overall. Very similar player with slightly higher draft grade. Would take Phillip Blake if available but expect him to be gone somewhere in the 4th rd.
Sixth Round: James Brown, OT/OG, Troy, 6-4 318
Natural RT, could kick inside, has very good feet for big man. Actually had him rated much higher earlier in season, still made 1st team Sun Belt conference, just under the radar type of prospect due to level of competition.
Seventh Round: Jared Karstetter, WR, Washington State, 6040 215
More depth to compete with Jeff Maehl & Lestar Jean next year in camp. Smart, good size, red-zone & blocking WR who fits what Kubiak demands of his WR's.[/quote]
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