Originally Posted by beerlover
Without Mario Williams: Front Office focus resigning Myers/Brisel/Foster
First Round: Fletcher Cox, DE/OLB, Mississippi State, 6'4" 290
Dynamic young, raw DE to replace Mario who Texans cannot afford to resign. Can seal the edge, rush the QB & play the run. Would rotate, YES, into lineup keeping front three fresh, add depth @ critical position upfront & who knows Wade likes to have as many pass rushers on the field as possible at all times so don't be surprised to see him same time with Watt, Smith, Reed & Barwin in certain packages. BPA approach.
Second Round: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas, 5'11" 176
With Wright off the board early, Texans look for another #2 who has deep speed that can take cover off secondary & stretch the field. Joe may or may not still be on the board late second but if he is expect him to catch a look from the Texans in need of WR.
Third Round: Isaiah Pead, RB/Returner, Cincinnati, 5'10 193
Premium return man who also saves roster space (back-up RB). In mold of Joshua Cribbs. Very instinctive, good hands/ball skills, size & thickness in frame for increased durability as oppossed to exposing smaller man, like Joe Adams or last season Trindon Holliday. One of those play makers who in the open field finds a second gear & if difficult to arm tackle.
Fourth Round: Levy Adcock, OT/OG, 6'5" 322
Looks to me like he has Texan ZBS style OL written all over him coming from a similar system @ Oklahoma State. Will compete immediately with LG Wade Smith. He can also help clear cap room if Texans decide to release Rashad Butler for salary cap room to resign other free agents as new swing tackle. Not invited to Combine, Texans along with all other teams will be in Stillwater, Oklahoma for Pro-Day.
Fifth Round: Akiem Hicks, NT, Regina, 6'5" 324
Disruptive, nasty-streak, unblock-able at times, will require double team next level. Adds strength along with Fletcher making Texans even more physical & unpleasant inside. Quote: ""It's time to actually bring the power, the ferociousness and the tackling. That's what they want to see. If you can do that, then you've punched your ticket. You can get on the train."
6th Round: Thomas Mayo, WR, California (PA) 6'2" 210
Excellent size/speed combination off the edge. Looks like he can separate from coverage, tough run blocker with plus hands. Late bloomer who was snubbed by combine so expect Texans to send scouts to his Pro-Day, then if they bring him here to workout you'll know they have more than a little interest.
7th Round: Chase Ford, TE, Miami, 6'6" 255
Tall, with Basketball skills, TE to develop as Red Zone target. Has great hands, knows & willing to extend in traffic to go get the ball at apex of flight. With depth of position, unless Dresseen leaves via free agency he will have time to develop & play special teams then slowly be added to goal line packages.
Looks pretty good man, but here are my critiques:
1) I just dont know about addressing DE again. Also, Cox is a bit suspect to me. Granted, I only watched Miss State a couple times this year, and most of them in the beginning of the year, but Cox never stood out to me. He seemed like a good college player, but I never had a wow moment when watching him.
2) I really like Adams, so long as his medical checks out. Small, quick receiver with speed to burn and return ability, sign me up.
3) Hmm.. Pead. I know he has a following on the board, and I am starting to come around, but why draft a RB this early? We have Foster, who is one of the best in the league. And then we have Tate, who certainly impressed this season, nearing 1000 yards and averaging over 5 ypc. I like grabbing a back, just later in the draft.
4) I like Addock, and I like addressing the interior line. Nice pick.
5) Hicks is a boom or bust type prospect. Unknown before the all star games, he certainly looks the part of an NFL player. But by all accounts he is raw. Very raw, so much so that it is unlikely that he makes an impact next year. I am neutral on the pick- I love the upside, but I worry about the bust factor. However, worth a chance here in the 5th.
6) Meh... Receiver prospect that has great stats and looks the part. Cant argue the pick, solid choice. My only concern is that you have added 4 playmakers on offense- Adams, Pead, Mayo, and Ford in the 7th. There is only one ball out there, and we d run the ball quite a bit. I wonder if one of these picks can be used to stiffen up the D a bit, or address the line once more.