First Round: Trade with Giants, swap #1's (26th < #32) Texans get Giants 3rd (#94) Giants select Coby Fleener, TE Stanford. Texans select-
#32. First Round: Kendall Wright, WR Baylor 5102 196
Make no mistake Kendall does have ability to stretch the field, best compliment to Andre & polished route runner (whole tree not just a few branches). Texans will need to look for future replacement for Andre Johnson but don't let this blind your perception how well this prospect fits on other side of Andre. Texan needs dictate a player who is most complimentary & ready to work starting day one, needs to shed some baby fat but could be this years draft version of Mike Wallace.
#58. Second Round: Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska, 6-4 279
Stock is down because of injury but he is a Wade Phillips DE who possess the mental toughness, could convert to nose tackle position. Key element is motor & unselfishness. Consummate team player that overcomes natural lack of ability. His skill set can add depth across three starting positions on defense, in time will develop into a starter @ one of those.
#76. Third Round: (acquired from Eagles) Matt Reynolds, OT/OG, BYU, 6044 302
Technically sound, high effort/character prospect who can fill swing tackle vacancy while competing to win RG starting position with Caldwell. Similar player to Eric Winston with luxury to kick inside, get reps & develop to become a very good RT as well in ZBS system.
#94. Third Round: (acquired from Giants) Juron Criner, WR, Arizona, 6024 224
Big, physical WR who could eventually fill #1 WR spot when Andre retires. Uses his body well to shield, protect ball. Willing blocker, attack's middle or working sidelines. Like Kendall very productive in College & more ready to play next level, not a raw talent. Big hands, length plays faster on field than tested, a common trait with both WR's.
#99. Fourth Round: (acquired from Eagles) Vernon Oliver, OLB, Miami, 6021 261
Rising pass rushing prospect to develop behind Reed & Barwin. Nice long arm length 33" & large strong hands 10 1/8" to shed & strong 31 reps. This is a bit of a flyer pick. Upside & talent are here to fit in nicely if interview process convinces Wade & Co. he will respond positively in a professional environment. Was already involved "professionally" while @ Miami for accepting "inappropriate benefits from a booster" costing him & his team a six game suspension which impacted his stock dramatically. 2nd rd. talent.
#121. Fourth Round: Dwight Bentley, CB, LA-Lafayette, 5097 182
Size & small school combine to drop his stock farther than it should IMO. Great attitude, plays bigger than size, competitive, tough & good long & short area speed. A very good edge cover corner who displays good awareness, also exceptional gunner on special teams. One of my favorite CB's in this years draft would be giddy to add him to Texans roster.
#161. Fifth Round: Chris Rainey, RB/WR/KR, Florida, 5083 180
Trindon Holliday was a bust, but I liked the pick, in fact called it. OK my bad how was I or Texans to know his hands would fall & break apart? One thing I checked this time was hand size (applies to Jacoby as well) don't draft WR's/RB's with small hands (8 3/4" or smaller) in this case Chris hand size is a full 1" larger or 9 1/2" which helps ensure ball security. Rainey would add another weapon with ability to stretch the field.
#195. Sixth Round: Levy Adcock, OT/OG, Oklahoma State, 6051 322
Mike Brisel Clone who would add some much needed depth to OL. Will battle for minutes, tough, competitive & more athletic than expected. Also has played in similar system, as starting LT not allowing one sack all season on a very good Cowboy team. Safe, good value, fits team & needs selection.
#233. Seventh Round: Najee Goode, ILB, West Virginia, 6001 244
Short, stout, quick plugger who can cover TE's. similar stature to Mychal Kendricks, very productive & excellent special teams player. Will come into camp & compete. His dad John Goode played TE for the Eagles, has the genes, nice late round steal would could be this years Zac Diles.