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Old 04-13-2012   #89
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Default Pre-draft visits

Experience suggests that the Texans will not use a pre-draft visit with their first round pick-http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-and-workouts/. The attentive reader may note that none of these players are first round prospects. (Jonathan Martin is the exception and may go late in the first round).
As best I can piece together from several sources, these players have visited or will visit with the Texans:

Mario Louis, WR, Grambling State
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Brandon Brooks, OL, Miami-Ohio
Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
Derek Wolfe, DL, Cincinnati
Jerel Worthy, DL Michigan State
Ronnie Cameron, DL, Old Dominion
Brandon Hardin, DB, Oregon State
Ron Brooks, DB, LSU
Lionel Smith, DB, Texas A&M
Desmond Marrow, DB, Toledo
Donnie Fletcher, DB, Boston College
Jeremy Lane, DB, Northwestern State
Tavon Wilson, SS, Illinois
Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State
George Iloka, S, Boise State
Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M

So, whatya think about these guys? Love 'em? Hate 'em? Intrigued?

Mario Louis, WR, Grambling State
I kind of like this guy's versatility and it looks like he can actually catch the ball. If we're grading on a curve (in other words, compared to Jacoby Jones) this guy could be a late round home-run. UDFA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=kGBy4pNSEgA

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
This guy was rated the #2 tackle in the draft prior to the combine and then his stock fell. I've seen him mocked late in the first all the way to late in the second round. Looks to me like a solid run-blocker, could possibly start at right tackle or at least provide support at swing tackle. Round 1-2

Brandon Brooks, OL, Miami-Ohio
Wasn't invited to combine but his draft stock is rising rapidly. This guy could bench press a truck and he's predicted to fit well into a zone scheme. Rounds 2-4

Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
Could be a gifted edge-rusher but he's very raw. This position has a high bust factor. Rounds 3-4

Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
I gotta say I'm intrigued by this guy. Played outside and then played inside in the 3-4. Good coverage skills, fastest time at combine for LB in 12 years. Kind of small for ILB, but so is Sharpton. Rounds 3-5

Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
Considered more a Will 4-3 prospect but a good one. Not much of a pass rusher but good coverage skills, small. Rounds 2-3

Derek Wolfe, DL, Cincinnati
Pegged as a high motor player best-fitted as a 5-technique in a 3-4. Sound familiar? Rounds 2-3

Jerel Worthy, DL Michigan State
Possible fit as 5-technique minus a few pounds or in rotation as a Phillips-style NT. Rounds 2-3

Ronnie Cameron, DL, Old Dominion
Dominant player in small conference, looks like possible NT. Rounds 5-UDFA

Brandon Hardin, DB, Oregon State
Projected as FS, special teams gunner. Rounds 4-6

Ron Brooks, DB, LS
Projected as SS. Round 3

Lionel Smith, DB, Texas A&M
Round 7-UDFA

Desmond Marrow, DB, Toledo
UDFA

Donnie Fletcher, DB, Boston College
4-year starter. Rounds 4-6

Jeremy Lane, DB, Northwestern State
Round 6-UDFA

Tavon Wilson, SS, Illinois
Rounds 6-7

Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State
Rounds 6-7

George Iloka, S, Boise State
Rounds 2-4

Looks like a typical Texans' draft...DL, OL, LBs, some developmental DBs for special teams and UDFA receivers. Except for that first pick...


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...rkout-tracker/
http://www.stateofthetexans.com/?p=3641
http://draftace.com/blog/2012/03/16/...visit-tracker/
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