I tried to make a mock that could be acceptable regardless of what goes down in free agency. One thing that I kept noticing was that I wanted to address a ton of positions- even though the need for starters has decreased, depth is still an issue. As such, I was not able to cover all the positions that I would like to cover. Such is the draft I guess.
Let me know what you think.
Round 1- South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery, 6’4” 230 lbs
He may not be a popular pick, but Jeffery has arguably the most talent in the draft. He is a huge receiver with the hands to match- just look at his sophomore year, after which he was considered a potential top 5 pick. Yes, he needs to drop some weight. But the talent is undeniable- he has all-pro caliber hands, has the size and strength necessary to become a fantastic downfield blocker, and does a fantastic job boxing DBs out on jump balls. Hopefully playing and practicing next to a professional like AJ will set him straight.
Round 2- Oklahoma OLB Ronnell Lewis, 6’2” 245 lbs
I think this guy may just be the best pass rusher in this draft. He is a little raw, but has unmatched explosiveness and a knack for making plays behind the line. My biggest worry with this pick is that he may not be available this late. However, I am hoping other prospects make a splash at the combine and pro days.
Round 3- Michigan NT Mike Martin, 6’1” 305 lbs
Another man crush I have, Martin is a perfect fit for the 3-4 system the Texans ran last year. A former wrestler, Martin has an excellent sense for leverage and has violent hands, both of which he uses to both tie up blockers, and get into the backfield. Martin is also a hardworking, blue collar type player that fits the Texans’ locker room to a T.
Round 4- Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, 5’11” 185 lbs
Without the injury, this guy is a 2nd round pick. The injury knocks him back a couple rounds, but I have no doubt that he will return to prior form. An excellent route runner, Broyles has the uncanny ability to simply move the ball down the field. He may not be the fastest, strongest or quickest player, but he gets open time and time again. As an added bonus, Broyles brings return ability to the table.
Round 5- Virginia Tech OG Jaymes Brooks, 6’2” 310 lbs
Brooks is an athletic interior lineman that, again, projects well in the Texans’ scheme. He is a guy that wont be a starter for a couple years, but can play limited snaps early on.
Round 6- UConn OC Moe Petrus, 6’2” 300 lbs
Another regular on my mocks, Petrus has done nothing to disappoint me. A smart player with good agility, Petrus is similar to Brooks in that while he wont be a starter for a couple years, I see him being a great player down the line.
Round 7- Florida Atlantic RB Alfred Morris, 5’10” 220 lbs
I am a huge fan of Morris, have been since his sophomore year. Morris will work well in a rotation with Foster and Tate, and can be especially useful in short yardage situations, as I rarely have seen him get stuck behind the lines.