Originally Posted by badboy
I see it just a bit differently..Crick should move smoothly into Smith's starter position in 2014. No high round rookie needed and why I look to my board (Hart). I am a big proponent of A. Jackson and compare him to Dont'a Hightower who went first round as I predicted.
Corners I also see differently although I do like to add one annually. KJ is under contract thru 2014 & will cost less than Joseph did per annum, I'm thinking $5 m. Roc needs to turn it up but my interest is on AJ Bouye 6' 186 4.55 (pro day) with a 36 1/2 inch vertical. Great so far. Also want to encourage all to watch Travis Howard 6'1" 200 who is a bubble but could switch to safety. link: "Started every game as a junior and senior and totaled 81 tackles (51 solo), six interceptions and 11 pass breakups over his last two years in Columbus
Finished his Buckeye career with 96 total tackles (66 solos), 15 passes defensed, eight interceptions, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack
Scored one touchdown in his career on a 30-yard interception return and also blocked a punt which was recovered for a touchdown." http://www.houstontexans.com/team/ro...-b981e745d51f/
Addressing your concern on Watt; Antonio's Smith's cap hit $9.5m + JJ's 2014 $3.6m = $13.1 m for Watt in 2015. He should be easy to extend.
Cushing if he returns healthy: $4.6m cap this season + Wade Smith's $3.75m = $8.35m and he needs to have an excellent season to get that.
Also remember in my scenario, Schaub going after 2014 saves $3.5m which could go towards re-signing Keenum.
I like Crick but don't have as much faith in him as you do until he proves some serious pass rush skill this season. I think he's good against the run but I don't see the QB pressure from him that I see from Antonio. If your right and he fills Antonio's shoes well then I'll think that we got very lucky, and I'll be very happy. I see Crick as very good depth/backup much like Jamison was. I just think that Wade will go for pass rush next year trying to put someone on the D-line that can put pressure on the QB opposite Watt. I think Watt will be more than $13.1m, I'm thinking he could be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. I'm thinking in the Mario Williams range of $16-$17m. I think your about right on Cushing.
As for CB, I think you could be right on KJ, $5m +-, as well. I like Bouye as well but it's only been one preseason game, he's got a long ways to go before he's a proven #2 or #3 CB. I'll try to keep an out for Howard as well, not familiar with him. I also have hopes that Johnny Adams can contribute next season and eventually develop into a #3 or possibly a #2 CB, but he's got a long ways to go as well, and Roc Carmichael was very disappointing against the Vikings. I have high hopes for Brandon Harris as well, but until he proves it on the field he's still a ? We've got JJo for 2 more yrs. after this one but he's very expensive and KJ will be getting a pay raise, and everyone after them is questionable. Also I think you have to take a quality CB a yr. or 2 ahead of when you need them. A good CB is just slow to transition from college to the NFL. I can possibly foresee the Texans saving some money with OD after this season though. I agree on Schaub being gone after 2014 but how do you figure we only save $3.5m when he leaves, he makes on avg. $13.2m?
I think DE/DT and CB are the 2 most expensive positions on defense, pressuring the QB and pass coverage. I think we'll spend our 1st round pick there, and possibly our 2nd as well. How would you like:
1. Anthony Johnson-DT/DE from LSU
2. Aaron Colvin-CB or Marcus Roberson-CB or Justin Gilbert-CB
3. C.J. Fiedorowicz-TE from Iowa, OK that might take some luck but the draft is a long ways off and I can dream.
I think 3 out of the 4 O-line picks the last 2 yrs. will really contribute and solidify the O-line freeing us up to spend draft picks elsewhere, Brennan Williams being the only question mark.