Originally Posted by Corrosion
First mock for me for the 2013 draft and the first one Ive posted in about 4 years ....
In this mock , I assume that both Glover Quin and Shaun Cody are resigned and that they are able to keep one of Dobbins or James at ILB.
FA's that walk -
Harris (on IR)
Taking into consideration the players that walk in FA and the play of those on the field in recent weeks , my position board has three main needs in CB , OG and WR in the premium piock rounds 1-3.
Im also on the fence with retaining Barwin but with Mercilus I wont spend a premium pick there.
Im expecting three comp picks , one in each 3rd , 5th and 7th.
#1 Desmond Trufant, CB - Washington. (David Amerson should also get strong consideration here)
#2 Kyle Long, OL - Oregon (versatile , could move to RT)
#3 Nico Johnson, ILB - Alabama
#3c Da'Rick Rogers, WR - Tennessee Tech (the whole package , steal in the 3rd)
#4 Brandon Williams, DT - Missouri Southern State
#5 Cornelius Washington, OLB - Georgia (classic tweener)
#5c Rodney Smith, WR - Florida State (Big redzone target)
#6 Travis Carrie, CB - Ohio (speed to burn with the size to play S , good ST player)
#7 Taimi Tutogi, FB - Arizona (Thumper FB , no more pussyfooting around with Casey , he either moves back to TE or walks in FA)
#7c Joseph Fauria, TE - UCLA (Big redzone target , what Texans mock would be complete without a TE?)
1). I like Trufant. A little disappointing with his last bowl game. He was beaten too often & out of position. Now I'm not so sure he is cover corner & do we need another nickle? well that would be a little forced if McCain is not resigned. I wonder how much his injury affects his upcoming free agent status, might end up working in Texan favor (re-signing him).
2). Love Longs future in the NFL. Smart & physical. Ideal fit is LG. But have not seen him play any tackle. He is still learning position. I think Texans would go another direction this early & if he is on the board one of those two thirds I would be all over it.
3). Would consider swapping Long with Nico? Think each slots in better based off big board rankings. Good addition to linebackers.
3). Yeah, not sure Rodgers will be there even in 2nd. pipe dream pot head. His interview session would be very interesting indeed.
4). Better late than never. Good developmental prospect have no issue taking him even if they take a better one earlier. This is a huge area of need for Texans who are soft in the middle & strike no fear into opponents.
5). Georgia really turns out good linebackers. Faced SEC level of competition but struggled to generate numbers warranting such a high pick. Would look more for a player with plus sack numbers here & 0.5 over 13 games just doesn't get her done.
5). Rodney Smith, WR has only three TD's. Not sure if he is such a red-zone target with that low of production in College? What's he 6-6 220? developmental player @ best could be a bigger version of un-drafted Texan LeStar Jean?
6). Travis Carrie has the option of petitioning for a medical red shirt, out for 2012 season due to severe shoulder injury during fall camp. Not sure how your coming up with these picks, very different I'll grant you that. He could be a very good late addition if he passes medical.
7). Tutogi is a stump in the Vonte Leach mold. Would be fine with this pick.
7). I got killed for taking Fauria in the 5th can't imagine late 7th but oh well. I'm thinking late 4th early 5th, will have to adjust my own as well.
I'll give you high marks for originality. Your draft board is ranked a lot different from my own but the most troubling aspect is your not taking two primary needs seriously, Nose Tackle & Offensive Tackle, then waiting to address WR thinking a 1st/2nd rd. talent drops to end of 3rd who is a pot head & that the Texans would select him anyway. Kind of bizarre but well worth the read, & feedback of a valued contributor in our draft forums who takes the time to post even with a banged up hand.