Originally Posted by Doppelganger
Now that the calender has turned to April, I am going to try to do a new mock once a week(if time permits) until the draft. I am not participating in the Texans Talk Mock so I have that time available to me.
1. Keenan Allen, WR, California, 6'2, 206lbs, 4.49
I think he drops on draft day. Patterson is a big raw target with size and speed, Austin, is a ridiculously fast slot receiver with potential td ability everytime he gets his hands on the ball, and Hunter is big with speed. Allen, due to a knee injury, falls behind them to the end of the first. That said, he could be the best of the bunch. 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns in 2012. In 2011 he has 98 passes for 1,342 yards and six touchdowns. In 2010 he had 490 yards and five touchdowns. His 2012 stats were hampered by the inability of his QB and injury. Allen immediately steps into the #2 WR slot and has a good chance to become the #1 when AJ cannot fill that role anymore.
2. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss, 6'3, 250lbs, 4.64
Texans could use another OLB and Collins would be a great fit. He had 92 tackles with 10 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, 5 passes batted and 4 forced fumbles in 2012. In 2011 he had 98 tackles with 19.5 tackles for a loss, 6.5 sacks, 8 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception. He is strong against the run, can generate sacks, and also has a knack for making plays with his hands. He would fit very well into the rotation with Reed and Mercilus.
3. Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech, 6'2, 217lbs, 4.52
I am going to go for it and swing for the fences. He may not be available here, but if so, I can going to take a chance on him. He is a big play WR despite some character issues. Put him in a locker-room with AJ, Watt, and now Reed and he should be able to keep out of trouble. This is a great WR class and I am going to take advantage by grabbing a second one.
3.Barrett Jones, G/C/OT, Alabama, 6'4, 306,lbs, 5.20
A very intelligent versatile OL that could play all 5 spots on the Texans line. He started 4 years on the Alabama line and played 4 different positions. As a rook he played RG, sophomore LG, Junior LT, and C as a Senior. Jones played where the team needed him and he played flawlessly at each position. He is recovering from surgery and could be ready to go somewhere between OTAs and Camp. A very intelligent guy who graduated from Alabama in 3 years. Then stuck around and earned his master's degree in a year. He brings immediate depth to all 5 positions but depending on Newton's recovery may be able to compete right away for the RT spot.
4. Cooper Taylor, S/ILB Richmond, 6'5, 235lbs, 4.69
A massive safety at 6'5. He has good lateral movement, is a strong tackler, and hands. In 2012 he had 77 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 9 passes broken up, 3 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions in 2012. When I see this, it suggests to me he would make a fantastic ILB next to Cush. If he could put on 5 lbs of muscle without losing too much speed, he would be great. He would be a tackling machine next to Cush, have the lateral movement to get to the edge, and strong/fast enough to deal with the TEs coming over the middle. I see him operating as a roaming ILB a step or two behind Cush on the Strong side.
5.Montori Hughes, NT, Tennessee-Martin, 6'4, 329lbs, 5.29
The Texans will start the season with Mitchell as the NT and will probably sign a cheap vet to backup. However, in this spot, I would take Hughes. Yes, he had some character issues, but I could not really find too many details. All I could find was some academic issues. He is a superb athlete for a man his size. In 2012 he had 77 tackles, with 5 tackles for a loss, 9 passes broken up, 3 forced fumbles and 4 interceptions. The talent is there. He adds a dimension to the team they don't have. In the 5th round, I'll take a chance on him.
6.Brandan Bishop, S, N.C. State, 6'2, 205lbs, 4.60
Stuck in David Amerson's shadow and played more of a SS role. A sleeper prospect at FS and a good pupil to learn under Ed Reed. 103 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 7 passes broken up, and 3 interceptions in 2012. In 2011 he had 89 tackles, 5 interceptions and 1 forced fumble. He has good tackling skills, size, and hands. A great pupil to learn under Ed Reed.
6.Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State, 5'11, 223, 4.57
ASU uses a running back by committee approach in 2012. Thus he has lots of tread left on the tires. 583 yards, 9 touchdowns, and a 4.3 ypc average. In 2011 he had 1,050 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 4.6 yards per carry. In 2010 he had 787 yards rushing, 9 touchdowns, and a nice 5.2 ypc average. ASU doesn't throw the ball to the receivers much, but he has shown an ability to be a target. In 3 years he had 55 receptions for 459 yards and 1 touchdown. He would be a great insurance policy for Ben Tate and could become the #2 next year after Tate departs the team.
7. Elvis Fisher, OT, Missouri, 6'5, 300lbs, 5.25
This is a pick that may not pay off this year but has the capacity to be huge down the line. He was the starting LT in 2008 as a freshman and was an All Big XII honorable mention. He was an All-Big XII honorable mention at left tackle in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 he had his best season as the blind side protector for Blaine Gabbert. In one of the biggest games of the year he completely shutout Adrian Clayborn. Big things were expected and he was touted as a posisble first rounder. Unfortunately for him he ruptured his pateller tendon in 2011 and was gone for the whole season. he received a medical red shirt and came back in 2012. He ended up with an MCL injury that kept him out 3 games. He may need to be on IR the whole season, but if he can come back to where he was prior to the pateller injury, you are looking at the new RT of the future. He is worth the risk here in the 7th round.