Join Date: May 2004
Re: BL Texans Mock Draft post FA Updated 4/11/12
Here is my latest update. Didn't change my 1st, 2nd, 6th & 7th rd. selections. Moved OT need higher & dropped NT one round later well as OT/OG prospect (that didn't change). Switched WR prospects in 4th & dropped Center prospect. Go ahead & rip it
First Round (#26): 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 (#58): Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
Weight: 220 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 (#76): Tom Compton, OT, North Dakota
Upgraded OT need with importance of keeping Schaub clean & Rashad Butlers injury history. Arm Length 34" 10" hands. Could start RT as rookie if needed. Will be drafted higher than expected (bit unknown from small school) hard worker with nasty edge, quick off the snap, good using angles, cut blocking ability. He can position and does a good job of not letting his man get behind him which was a weakness of good ole Eric. Athletic enough to get second level quickly, 5 sec forty guy, technically sound pass pro smooth footwork.
Fourth Round (#99): Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Pro-Day set for tomorrow (will update). Will directly impact his final draft grade which as of now hinges on how well he runs (torn ACL may limit his already average straight-line speed and raise concerns about his durability). Although of smaller stature, he finds seems in space, breaks off crisp routes & has excellent body control to go with his above average hands/concentration. In addition brings fearless punt return all around game without high turnover ratios.
Fourth Round (#126): Marcus Forston, DT/NT, Miami
What is a Texan draft without a Hurricane? Love his motor & tenacity much like Martin but gets in the backfield more often. Limited game experience & injurys along with coming out early as Junior Marcus has much higher potential than most big interior nose guard prospects. Has frame to add weight, already naturally strong (35 reps) with good arm length (33"). Upside, rotational nose who will get on a fast track with NFL coaching in a system that utilizes a quicker run stopper.
Fifth Round (#161): Levy Adcock, OT/OG, Oklahoma State
Tough - competitive - sound technique -natural athleticism, knee bend and fluid lateral movement to fit ZBS. Played LT for Weeden, OSU. Projects to OG/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.
Sixth Round (#195): 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.
Seventh Round (#233): 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. Who could double like Casey @ FB.
2012 Draft was Mercilus