Taking a break from work & know a lot of you guys/gals may be bored so here is something to fill void Pre-Viking game & time off. Big changes for me obviously, John Jenkins returning to school (Big Shock) tried to keep needs close to last work while adding some new prospects for you to consider. Modified Compensatory Picks per Dutchrudder excellent work!
FIRST ROUND: Kawaan Short, Purdue, NT, 6030 330 lbs.
Built like a Sherman Tank, well proportioned with long arms which could raise his draft stock. Wolfe has annotated he is the best combo NT in this draft (penetration & run support). Big Ten conference. 184 tackles from nose position in four years. Had two interceptions as a freshman but no sacks? Has sack total of 17 last three years. Not a lot of pieces around him.
SECOND ROUND: John Simon, Ohio State, OLB, 6020 260 lbs.
Much in Brooks Reed mold, high motor/effort guy who can rotate & provide depth improving pass rush. Led the Big Ten conference this year in sacks with 9. 19.5 sacks for Buckeye career which makes Kawaan Shorts production even more impressive, but he is stout with strong build akin to adding dynamite alongside JJ Watt.
THIRD ROUND: Ryan Swoope, Texas A&M, WR, 6000 206 lbs
Slot receiver in mold of Wes Welker. Similar to Connor Vernon who would also fit but higher grade & putting more emphasis @ WR position. Texans need more production from somebody not named Andre. Posey is looking very promising as of late, has nice size/speed combo, however Martin has struggled in the slot & someone who can compete for reps would give Texans much improved fleet & possibly spread defenses out more to keep ground game strong.
THIRD ROUND: (Mario Williams compensatory) Will Davis, Utah State, CB 6000 186 lbs.
Possesses a long, lean build ideally suited to the position. Loose-hipped athlete with good balance and overall fluidity to change directions. Good burst to close on the ball due to his vision and quick feet. Late bloomer, lightly recruited, signed with small program (shut down because of budgetary cuts) signed with Utah State Aggies & has shown excellent growth/upside. His specialty seems to be tracking the ball in flight, he leads the nation in pass break-ups with 1.75 per game & 22 on the year. Developmental possible premier pass defender with plus size to replace Ball. Aggies are ranked 18th in country before dismantling Toledo 45-15 in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Will Davis stat line - 8 tackles 1 pass break-up.
FOURTH ROUND: Kiko Alonzo, Oregon, ILB 6-4 246
Great length, smart, instinctive & excellent in coverage. Texans need a bigger, longer cover guy in 3rd down situations who can stick & pull with these hybrid TE's & elusive RB's. Hard worker that will improve & flourish in Wade Phillips system. Drops one round in view of background check, had off field incident http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports...e-kiko-alonso/
FIFTH ROUND: Brennan Williams, North Carolina, OT 6-7 310
Ideal size, athletic ability to be a starting RT in the NFL. Would get a higher draft grade except injury (torn labrum in his shoulder) out for the season, also played with it longer than he probably should (team player/character) so he could be another steal (Newton). Texans would not have to rush him back but down the road could be a starter too & provide much needed depth with Butler probably gone this off season.
FIFTH ROUND: (Joel Dreessen compensatory) Joseph Fauria, UCLA, TE 6-7 255
Size does matter, Texans & Schaub depend on TE production. Like his size to create mis-matches & in-line blocking. Joseph also has bloodlines (nephew of former NFL tight end Christian Fauria). 40 receptions, 561 yards & 11 TD's as Senior 39/481/6 Junior year. Unlike Will Davis Joseph was highly recruited coming out of High School & almost signed with Notre Dame but they signed Eifert first so as they say, "rest is history". Also feel Texans miss Dresseen & we can see what happens when either Owen or Graham are injured.
SIXTH ROUND: Tanner Hawkinson, OG, Kansas, 6-4 300
Four year starter (LT) who has played under three head coaches, best fit for ZBS probably kicks inside left or right guard. Good mobility & excels in pass protection. Texans will continue to mold their OL w/mid to late round athletic fits for scheme. Did I mention he was a four star TE recruit coming out of High School? He reminds me a lot of Brisel, he could go undrafted? but I feel he would fit right in this group inside with his quickness & nasty demeanor.
SEVENTH ROUND: Onterio McCalebb, RB/KR, Auburn, 5-9 176
Reminiscent of Holliday pick to help improve special teams. More similar to Dexter McCluster, can fill 3rd down duties, elusive, good hands (not as small as Trindon) has rushed for 2,586 yards, 63 receptions out of the backfield, 8.5 yards per carry & 25.6 yards per return in the SEC.
SEVENTH ROUND: (Jason Allen compensatory) Jordan Kovacs, SS, Michigan, 5-11 202
Insurance in case Quin does not resign, regardless another back end body this late can't hurt to bring into camp. Solid safety prospect this late who will compete/battle for roster spot. Jordan is a walk on known for beating odds, this Senior was very productive during his career with astounding 331 tackles in four years playing for Michigan, his best season was his sophomore year with 116 tackles. Solid in zone coverage & takes good angles in run support.