Originally Posted by Doppelganger
I thought it would be fun to do a mock before the combine. As I was sitting talking with my friend the other day, he said, "Dopp, what's better than a shot of whiskey...a Double shot of whiskey! What's better than a bock beer...A double Bock...whats better than going to see a good baseball team play...a double header...." so, what's better than a Doppelmock? A DoppelDoubleMock!
1. Larry Warford, OG Kentucky, 6'3, 333lbs, 5.37
Some people may think this is an overreach, but allow me to present my reasoning. Warford may not be the 27th ranked player, but I think he could be the 27th best player. He is a very, very good OG who would dramatically help this team. One thing we saw in the Superbowl was two offenses with very good OLs. Building a superior OL allows your QB time to throw and give your RB a hole to run the ball through. While Warmack gets the headlines because he played at Alabama, I think that Warford could be a better pro. Warrick had the benefit of playing next to super OL prospect Jones at Center and had top notch OT/OG prospect DJ Fluker as well. It would not surprise me if the entire Bama OL is drafted in the first round. Point is, he had a lot of help. Warfrod faced off against Sheldon Richardson, John Jenkins, and Sherif Floyd this year. They are three different types of DTs. Richardson is more of a 3-4 DE, Jenkins is a prototypical big bodied space eating NT, and Floyd is more of a penetrating, athletic 4-3 DT. Each matchup requires a different skill set. In each matchup, he completely shut down these likely first round DTs and took them out of the game. Even at Kentucky, each practice he went up against Mister Cobble, who some have described as a 330lb bowling ball. He is well prepared for the rigors of the NFL. Warford is a big OG with athleticism. He is a strong enough to take on the bigger NTs and quick enough to mirror pass rushers. He is a stout pass blocker and excellent in the run game. What makes him special is the ability to get downfield, get to that next level, and deliver a crushing block. That kind of block can turn a nice 12-15 yard gain into a 40-50 yarder or more. In my opinion he would be an excellent fit for the Kubiak's interpretation of the ZBS. Kubiak showed us last year he values bigger athletic OL selections. By taking a bigger, athletic OG with Brandon Brooks, he is saying that bigger athletic OGs are what the ZBS needs in order to deal with the massive agile NTs that are coming int the NFL. I think Warford steps right in and challenges for a starting spot from Day 1. I imagine he probably takes the RG spot to start with but I could easily see him as the LG replacing Smith too. An OL with Brooks and Warford as the OGs and Jones as the Center(down the line) transforms the ZBS for the 21st century. No longer will a 300lb OL get pushed around by a 330 lb NT.
man I like him too, dude is just a straight up mauler. if Texans had not spent a 3rd on Brooks last draft then I would be all in even if a few spots higher than he is projected.
2. Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern, 6'1, 341lbs, 5.37
Brandon Williams is the kind of NT I have wanted the Texans to get for years. He is a big, athletic NT who can immediately help this defense. he is a stout run defender and can put pressure on the QB. He is not the traditional tub of goo NT, this guy has good footwork for a man his size. Previously, i thought of him as a 3rd round talent, but fifth round prospect due to his school and lack of perceived competition. All that changed when he went to the Senior Bowl. Williams showed he belonged with the big boys. In 2012 he had 68 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles. In 2011, he had 8 sacks and 35 tackles. In 2010 he had 9 sacks and 17 tackles for loss.25.5 sacks in 3 years as a 341lbs NT. I envision Williams as a 1st and 2nd down NT. He will prevent teams from running the ball down the Texan's throats so that third downs become third and longs rather than 3rd and 2 or 3. Plus on 3rd and short or 4th and short, Williams will be the glue that prevents the opposing offense from getting those critical yards.
I see you have him locked into second position both mocks, well if Texans want to address NT this looks more & more where they would need to select him. I see him as a more dynamic fit that Earl who if the season began tomorrow would be the starter. Therefore, I would support this pick in both mocks.
3. Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M, 6'1, 231lbs, 4.69
When Von Miller was drafted, Porter became the 3-4 OLB to replace him. He put up 79 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble. Unfortunately for him, last year A&M changed schemes and became a 4-3 defense, switching Porter's role. Rather than being an attacking LB, he was asked to cover and tackle. He ended up with 66 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, four passes broken up and 1 interception. Porter's natural position is as an attacking OLB and that's where he needs to be. He would find a home in Wade's defense and would be a great situational OLB to start with. In time he would learn to play the run as well, but for Year 1, all he would be asked to do is come in on passing situations and rush the QB. You can never have enough dynamic passrushers, especially in a 3-4.
I'll have to admit that I did not watch him enough to evaluate. Based off your breakdown he seems like a decent pick to add some speed & fortify the LB position with or without Barwin. I would probably opt for secondary here but still think you've selected a good player @ a position of need.
3. Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech 6'4, 232, 4.45
Yes, the Texans drafted 2 WRs last year, but they didn't get someone like Davis. A big, athletic, fast WR like Davis would be a welcome sight. His numbers were not great, 51 receptions for 953 yards and five touchdowns, but also remember he had Logan Thomas throwing the ball to him. Considering Thomas completed about 59% of his passes which is atrocious. Had he been around 65%, Davis likely would have had another 150 yards and 4-5 touchdowns. Davis has 2nd round talent and only slides in a deep WR class.
Big WR, a little slow in separation, doesn't run pro route tree but tons of potential. A better option to grab Hunter in first than another developmental receiver, but just my opinion.
4. Matt Scott, QB Arizona, 6'3, 195lbs, 4.77
I know this pick did not go over particularity well the first time around, but I still think he would be a good QB in this system. As I have gotten to know him, I have seen a guy who has the potential, if given the right coaching, to be special in the NFL. Scott numbers are reasonably good considering the weapons around him:3,620 yards with a 27/14 TD/INT ratio, passer completion of 60%. In addition he ran for 632 yards and 6 touchdowns. Altogether he had a 31/14 TD/turnover ratio. He has a good sized arm, a fast release, He is a pass first QB with the ability to run to keep defenses honest. He is a little light right now(around 195lbs) and would not be surprised to see him around 200lbs by the combine). This relatively lighter weight will work against him. Give him time in an NFL lifting program and I could see him around 215 lbs, which would be adequate for him. Scott's passing and running style reminds me of a young Jake Plummer. Having the ability to bootleg and then scamper out for extra yards is sorely lacking in the offense. Whenever Schaub bootlegs, everyone knows he is going to throw the ball deep. A player like Scott would keep defenses guessing since he could pick up first downs with his legs or arms. Longterm he is an upgrade over Yates who has not developed as I would have liked. In the preseason, Yates looked like he took a step backwards and I was not impressed with his play in the regular season game. Scott looks like he has more upside and potential than Yates. Scott, will not be ready for 2013. Schaub will almost certainly be the QB for 2013. However, after a year of tutelage, Scott may be ready to go in 2014 and if he develops could become a Jake the Snake.
Arizona does produce some good QB prospects. I'm OK with him but like Dysert better.
5. Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State, 6'5, 245, 4,71
Have you noticed that all the Texans TEs are basically the same type of player: good receiver solid blocker. Stoneburner is a better blocker than receiver and bring a wrinkle to the team. The Texans could use a blocking TE badly. Remember when they brought out OT Ryan Harris to play as a blocking TE? Getting an actual blocking TE would be more useful to the game. Having a blocking TE means that Daniels/Graham can focus on being a receiving target. Stoneburner can get a pass thrown his way every game to keep the defense honest. He wasn't given many opportunities to catch the ball as Myer pretty much used him as a blocking TE primarily(like he used Aaron Hernandez). However, like Hernandez, he has the ability to catch the ball and do damage. Yes, he was arrested, but it was for public urination and runnin from cops. It was a one time offense and in the grand scheme of things, not bad.
There are some good TE prospects in this draft just hope Texans hit on one of them?
5. Bruce Taylor, ILB, Virginia Tech, 6'2, 244lbs, 4.73
If Barwin comes back, Reed plays next to Cush. If not, a healthy Sharpton plays next to Cush. In either case, I expect the front office to look for a cheap veteran ILB. Whatever happens, Taylor would be nice addition to the ILB depth. He had 76 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes broken up and 5.5 sacks in 2012.
53 tackles, 7 tackles for a loss and f5 sacks in 2011(note he missed last 4 games due to ankle injury), 91 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks in 2010. The key I like is the tackling, and passes broken up. He can play the pass and will need to in the Wade system. He initially can be a great Special teams contributor and in time depth or even part of the ILB rotation.
Excellent ILB pick late, like it.
6.Ryan Allen, P, Louisiana Tech, 6'2, 215lbs.
The 2 time (2011 and 2012) Ray Guy award winner is just what this team needs. If yall have seen my mocks before, you know what I think of Donnie Jones. Upgrade here offers $ discount and quality upgrade.
Punter a must. Really impressed with the UCLA kid however but Allen is a solid one for sure.
7. Elvis Fisher, OT, Missouri, 6'5, 300lbs, 5.25
I feel bad for the guy, i really do. Second round talent doesn't fall this far unless there is a significant reason. In 2010 he completely stonewalled first rounder Adrian Clairborne and protected Blaine Gabbert's blindspot.He was an All-Big XII honorable mention at left tackle in 2009 and 2010 and headed for greatness. Sadly 2011 was completely wiped out due to a ruptured patellar tendon. In 2012, he sustained an MCL and had to get carted off the field. Clearly there are medical red flags with him. But, for a 7th round pick, I;d take a chance on him. If healthy, he has the potential for starting OT or super stud backup status. If unhealthy, he is a 7th round pick and little is lost. Classic low risk high reward player.
Another developmental OT pick. What are the odds than Mondek gets his shot next season?
7. Zach Boren, FB/LB, Ohio State, 6'0 252lbs, 4.79
Yes, you read that right. Boren played LB as well a FB in college and could be used at either position. In the NFL I see him as an old school bust a whole type of FB. While Kubes likes the versatility of Casey, he doesn't throw him the ball all that often. Having a superior run blocker is better than having a superior athlete like Casey. Boren can open up holes for Foster or other RBs. He could also switch to LB if needed and can be a special teams contributor right away. Too much upside with him not to grab him here.
Can't really go wrong with a football player like Boren. Would strengthen LB's & special teams. Plus can fill in FB role if needed.
Mock 2 is in the next message.