So, it might be a little early (hell it's a lot early) but I like very much what I've seen from Keenum at this point. I'm going to say we win a few more games, but we're going to finish this with one worse than the 2010 record: 5-11. We'll pick around 8-9 and for the sake of this draft I'll assume it's around 8. This is going on the assumption that Keenum is the answer to the QB question we've been asking. Assuming***** so that everyone sees this disclaimer****
Round 1: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M, 6-5 305 lbs
If you are becoming disgusted with the crap play of Derek Newton, you're not alone. Let's do Keenum a favor and lock down the right side of the offensive line. With Brandon Brooks coming into his own, Jake Matthews, a tackle who can hold down and dominate the right (which he played last year when teammate and 2013 2nd overall pick Luke Joeckel was playing LT) and perhaps be Duane Brown's successor to the left one day. This will be a boon in the passing and running game.
Round 2: ILB Yawin Smallwood, UConn, 6-2 244 lbs
The injury to Cushing is a crushing blow. Neither Mays nor Sharpton are starters, and we need a Bowman to Cushing's Willis, if he ever gets back to the level he used to be at. If, God forbid, anything should happen to Cushing again, we need someone who's more than just depth. Smallwood shows good speed and is quick to get off blocks with use of his good size and agility. He will need to get stronger and work on tackling form somewhat. He can cover and is good at closing in but needs to avoid hesitating as he sometimes does, and is capable of reading coverage, which is what we need more than just a run thumper.
My first choices for this position would be Christian Jones or AJ Johnson but I think they'll be gone late 1st.
I also like Perryman out of the U here, but Smallwood would be my first pick if Jones and Johnson are gone.
Round 3: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State, 5-11 197 lbs
Brice McCain may have made the play that got Keenum his last chance attempt against the Chiefs, but he was abused for a large part of the game. In honesty any attack that forces us to put in the nickel corner is exploiting us because though JJo can be counted on to hold his own, Shiloh Keo and Swearinger improving, and KJax even turning into a playmaker (who would have thought?), McCain is no longer the nickel corner he used to be and we need to spend higher than a sixth round pick on it. Dennard is a good cover man and can be counted on to develop into a good nickel corner, hopefully solidifying the back end of the defense.
Round 4: S C.J. Barnett, Ohio State, 6-0 205 lbs.
This guy has got Texans pick written all over him. Described by Urban Meyer as an extra coach, a high motor, hard working, competitive overachiever, Barnett has an injury concern from 2010 but has been a consistent bright spot for the Buckeyes' defense. We need safety depth because old man Reed should be gone after this year, and there's not much behind Shiloh Keo and DJ Swearinger. His feet placement and man coverage leaves a bit to be desired, but I have faith in Vance Joseph to work his magic on him like with KJax.
Round 5: DE Kony Ealy, Mizzou, 6-5 275 lbs
This is a well built specimen of 275 pounds right here. He has something of a Jason Pierre Paul build in my mind. He gets after the QB. Needs to work on run D a little, I think, but with JJ Watt aside from him somehow I think he'll learn. Good upside here, and DE depth what with Antonio Smith's upcoming situation is a good idea. Bats down passes like no other and emulated JJ Watt vs the Bengals this year against Indiana, I think it was.
Round 6: WR/RB Dri Archer, Kent State 5-8 178 lbs
Speedy situational player. Essentially what sort of pick Tavon Austin should have been, lol. Yeah... remember that throw to Posey? Posey did a great job of getting YAC. Now imagine that same throw to this guy. Makes great cuts and has excellent vision. Get him some daylight and he's gone. Watch this guy's highlight reels and tell me he's not worth a 6th.
Round 7: QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, 6-6 260 lbs
Bring in a 3rd QB as an experiment, develop him and see if he can't grab the #2 spot away from Yates. Thomas looks different from earlier in the season and has played better overall. He's got the physical tools, so let's see if our coaching staff can't work wonders with him.