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Default Re: rmartin65's Thanksgiving Week Mock

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Round 1- North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper, 6’3” 310 lbs
As much as I like the two young guys we grabbed last year (Jones and Brooks), OG still worries me. Couple that with Caldwell being a FA next year and Wade Smith being one the year after, and this pick became pretty clear. Cooper possesses excellent mobility and strength, and fits the Texans’ scheme like a glove.
this would certainly open the door for Caldwell to leave via free agency. I don't feel however it is nesseccary for a ZBS team to spend a first round pick on a guard.

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Round 2- BYU OLB Ezekiel Ansah, 6’5” 270 lbs

With Barwin gone, we need someone to fill his role. Ansah is the physical freak who can fill those shoes. Honestly, just looking at athleticism, he is a top 10 talent. He runs fast, gets going in a hurry, and can turn and stop on a dime. However, I think he will be available due to the fact that he is incredibly raw, having only started playing football a couple years ago. The new OLB corps will be Reed/Mercilus/Ansah/Braman, all of which will be rotated throughout the game based on the situation on the field.
projecting Barwin gone? wouldn't that mean Mercilus evolves into starter role? I have only watched Ansah a couple times but he is not consistent, flashes of greatness & promise like Dion Jordan but doubt he walks into camp & beats out last year first rounder Whitney who has had luxury to develop & learn Wade Phillips system.

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Round 3- Kent State OT Brian Winters, 6’5” 310 lbs
Winters is a little off the radar, but is a big reason why Kent State is having their best season in recent memory. He has the requisite athleticism to fit, and is technically sound. I predict he starts the season as the swing tackle.
I like this pick a lot more than Cooper in the first. Doubt he needs to start with Brown entrenched & Newton going into year three. Allows Texans to move on post Butler as swing tackle.

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Round 3- Louisville OC Mario Benavides, 6’4” 290 lbs
Benavides is a rough-and-tumble center prospect, who, like the other 2 OL prospects, has the athleticism this offense demands. The dude is a straight-up football player; try to catch a Louisville game if you can. You guys will be impressed.
I could go for another guard/center prospect to keep Jones working hard add depth & good young OL to develop. Combination of two promising OL in the third is still almost a luxury, but this is a good spot to add value & depth in much needed team need keeping salary cap balance moving forward.

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Round 4- Washington State WR Marquess Wilson, 6’3” 185 lbs
Wilson is a 2nd round talent who drops due to poor play this past year, as well as the fact he just quit the team. His slight frame worries me, but he can stretch the stretch the field, has good hands, and can win ump balls. I was looking for a receiver with true number 1 potential without having to spend a valuable pick (because, honestly, the young receivers we have now are doing pretty well), and Wilson is that guy.
What a bizarre season this young man has had. He is a fine receiver prospect to be sure but will have to answer tough questions, probably off Texans draft board because he quite his team & threw coaching staff under the bus even if he felt it necessary I'm not sure how they can trust him moving forward. Throw in Duke WR Vernon Conner here & it's money.

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Round 5- Missouri Southern State NT Brandon Williams, 6’2” 330lbs
Our new NT. Williams reminds me a ton of BJ Raji- powerful and surprisingly quick. Although he has played against some weaker teams, he seems to live in the backfield. The other teams should be charging him rent.
If he lasts this long, it would be a great pick for Texans who need more beef to run this 3-4 in all its glory. Mitchell has done well in Cody's absence but is getting man handled @ times. What they need is someone who is powerful that can stay on his feet in trash, maybe Brandon could be that guy.

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Round 5- Mississippi State CB Corey Broomfield, 5’10” 180 lbs
While Banks gets all the hype, Broomfield always stands out more when I watch the Mississippi State defense. Now, he is limited at the next level due to his height and weight (I will be surprised if he actually is 5’10” 180… more like 5’8” 170 lbs), but he should be a great nickel or dime corner in the NFL. He is a true ballhawk, and flashes the ability to score when he gets the ball. Furthermore, he is a willing tackler- he is playing SS this season, and does not look out of place.
This is a solid pick, in fact why not move up a little using Tate to get Banks in the first as well? The secondary would be deep & talented. Also if Vance Joseph leaves to become a defensive coordinator their defensive backs coach, Melvin Smith who has some Texas A&M connections.


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Round 6- Colorado TE Nick Kasa, 6’5” 260 lbs
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The board is starting to come around to the idea of drafting a blocking TE, and I agree. Kasa is an ex OT/DE, and exhibits surprisingly good hands to boot. However, he will earn his pay primarily as a blocker.
Inline blocking TE a must. Tackles, especially Newton could use more shading to help in pass pro & Schaub needs to keep clean, can't afford to lose him now. Colorado is miserable, I commend you if you've watched him play as I have not but trust your evaluation. Love Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz & would use that 2nd rd. pick on him instead making this a slot for a developmental OLB.

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Round 6- Cincinnati ILB Greg Blair, 6’1” 250 lbs
I bet some of you are freaking out that I waited this long for an ILB. Right? Well, it’s just the way the draft broke down for me. Anyway, Blair is a tough-nosed, run-stuffing linebacker who arrives at the ball in ill-humor. He will become a fan favorite here.
Great value, Cushing does come back, meaner than ever & Bradie James/Dobbins are solid so this makes a lot of sense waiting for later & drafting a diamond in the rough.

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Round 7- Oregon P Jackson Rice, 6’3” 220 lbs
Big-legged punter. Boom.
Great pick, goes a little unnoticed because he doesn't have to punt that much. Also experienced in-climate weather conditions & high pressure games.

There are some real gems you have here. I made some tweeks with first couple picks & fourth that would make this one killer but that's what Amigos do.

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