Originally Posted by beerlover
First Round: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Versatility finally swayed my selection for Texans losing both Mario Williams & DeMeco Ryans. Incredible athlete, speed, size and strength are all there – Moves very well laterally in the box – Excellent instincts lead him to the ball very quickly – Reads and reacts with speed – Drops into coverage well, sees routes as they happen in zone – Delivers hits with the best of them – Can shed blocks inside and make the tackle – Dynamic pass-rusher when asked to play on the edge – Best fit as a 3-4 SOLB, but can play 3-4 ILB as well. thus killing two critical needs with top pick.
Second Round: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Weight: 222 lbs.
A big, physical WR… uses his size and physical ability to make plays deep down the field… excellent athlete who has a long stride…he’s able to eat up cushions in zone coverage…Tracks the ball very well over his shoulder…has excellent body control in the air to adjust to balls that are off target…maybe closest to Andre Johnson body type in entire draft.
Third Round: Mike Martin, DT/NT, Michigan
Height: 6’1″ 1/4
Creates penetration from 3-technique – Battles hard on every play, extremely powerful at point of impact – Great balance, keeps his hips under him and generates a lot of his power – Very strong use of hands – Can simply wear down opposing linemen with his strength, 36 reps combine. Excels in hand to hand combat - wrestling experience serves him well - plays through the whistle which fits Wade Phillips scheme with players like Watt/Reed. Tried out several prospects as possible fits with flip flopped pick acquired from Eagles. Several quality picks to choose from but I kept coming back to a Mike because he has the potential to be a long term anchor inside Wade Phillips 3-4 defense.
Fourth Round: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International
Hilton is primarily a slot WR, but is used all over the field in a number of different formations – Consistantly creates separation between himself and defenders. One of the best returnmen in the draft, contributes as both a kick and punt returner and has even played Wildcat QB in certain situations – Set Sun Belt record for receiving and all purpose yards. Texans must upgrade special team return game.
Fourth Round: Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
Tough - competitive - sound technique -natural athleticism, knee bend and fluid lateral movement to fit ZBS. Played LT for Weeden, OSU. Projects to RT in NFL. Has enough size/strength to kick inside to play either LG or RG adding value with versatility. All-Big 12 Conference First Team. Willing to attack and punches multiple times to finish the play. Quick to pick up edge blitz and shows no panic, easily adjusting angles and resetting his feet. Can recover and reset his anchor. Rarely late off the snap.
Fifth Round: Mike Brewster, OC, Ohio State
Just want to see the competition between Mike & Mike in practice. Can they co-exist? bottom line what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, thus Texans could wind up with two quality starting interior players out of sheer hate for one another giving Texans the edge in any match-up. Solid, experienced technician, wouldn't mind if Rick Smith traded up to get him either, get er' done Rick.
Sixth Round: David Paulson, TE, Oregon
Complete all around TE much in the mold of recently departed Joel Dreessen. Plus blocker - good route runner - great hands - All-Pac-12 second team & very good conditioned. improved his results from the Combine in virtually every category, especially the all-important 40-yard dash running 4.66 and 4.71 seconds. He also added an inch in the vertical jump (33") and three inches broad jump (9'5"). Fits Kubiak offense. solid late round value.
Seventh Round: Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
(like it matters)
Improved leg strength & accuracy every year (four year starter). Aggie big plus. Can step up & handle pressure next level. Lou Groza Award as college football's top kicker last season. Connected on 25-of-28 fields and 52-54 extra points, both school records. Career-long is a 52-yarder which is right about Neil Rackers max now, with potential to increase leg strength another 5-8 yards.
Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
I like it, but I would change a couple things:
2nd) Change Quick to Brandon Thompson NT Clemson
3rd) Change to Quick (I don't think he will be a 2nd round pick and ought to make it to the Philly 3rd)
Swap your 6th and 7th round picks, as Bullock won't be there at the end of the 7th, and may go higher. He's the highest rated kicker and there's always one team that takes a kicker too early. The Eagles took Alex Henry in the 4th last year.
Other than that, I would say it's a great draft. I like the positions and the values. I'm getting on board the Hightower train since Demeco left, and I think he would be a perfect fit in our D. I can't approve of the trade up scenarios for Keuchly.
I'm with Dutch on the second round selection. Nobody has Thompson listed as a NT but he would be a perfect fit in our system. Love Thompson in the second.
1st. Hightower - great pick, like you said 2 birds with one stone, and like my man who likes the Boston University MLB said day one starter. It is also more probable that he will be available. The Steelers just lost their Gay to the Cardinals and Ike Taylor sucks. The probability of the Steelers picking a CB early just increased a lot.
2nd. Quick - Like the pick, just not in the second. I would not be suprised if he is available in the 4th. He had a bad combine and is a from a small school. However he does have excellent size and production. BRANDON THOMPSON.
3. Martin - I really like this pick but Thompson is just better. If it were not for Brandon Thompson being a perfect pick I would say hell yes. Might go with Jared Crick or BPA with this pick.
4. Hilton - This is where I would draft Quick.
5. Brewster - He got beat multiple times in one on one drills and showed displayed heavy feet at the combine. He also got beat abused when playing against Penn State. I would actually pick Broyles here and wait on him, he is very good and would have gone a lot higher if it were not for his injury. At this point in the draft I think he is worth the risk and we put rookies on IR all the time.
6. Paulson - Slow TE and we are pretty deep at that position. Casey can play TE and a really bad senior season. This is where I would pick a interior lineman. Historically undersized linemen slip in the draft. I would consider a guy like Adam Gettis, Jaymes Brooks, or Joe Looney. I know these guys are guards but I think that guard is a greater need since Caldwell can play center. Gettis can also play center.
7. Bullock - Great pick