I have wanted to put one of these together for a while now but just didn’t have the time.
I am basing this mock based upon how the season has turned out so far and I also want to layout a few things that I thought about when putting this mock together.
A. Kubiak is more than likely not going to be fired and will probably have one more year to turn it around.
B. Keenum's continues to impress and Kubiak opts to go with a veteran to compete with Keenum instead of using a draft pick, but will also sign a rookie FA.
C. Texans will be drafting close to top 10 at the end of the season and as much as I would like them to draft a top rated player, I would rather they trade back for more picks.
1st — Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama, OT, 6-5 310
He quick off the snap, great at run blocking and uses his athleticism in pass protection. Cyrus could take over for Newton on day one, thus giving the Texans two studs at the Tackle position.
2nd — Christian Jones, Florida State, OLB/ILB 6-3 232
Jones has great run-stopping ability and can also defend the pass. Though he can rush off the edge, he is really is more of an ILB.
3rd — Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, OLB/DE, 6-4 250
We all know the bloodlines though he is still pretty raw. Jackson has 32 tackles, five sacks, seven tackles for a loss and an interception for the season.
4th — Jaylen Watkins, Florida, CB/S, 6-0 188
He has good closing ability and can hit. Watkins put pressure on Joseph or be the starter across from Swearinger and would be a better option than McCain on 3rd downs.
5th — Bruce Gaston, Purdue, NT, 6-2 310
Gaston could put on a little more weight, but well know that Wade likes to have use “lighter NT’s” in his 3-4. Gaston is still 10 pounds heavier than Mitchell and could play the run as well as the pass.
6th — Tevin Reese, Baylor, WR/KR, 5-10 170
Good and hands and even better speed after the catch. Reese has had more dropped balls this year, but is a better option than Martin.
7th — Jay Bromley, Syracuse, DE/DT, 6-4 285
Holds up well against the run and would be the replacement for Antonio Smith.
Now I know many of you guys have been clamoring for a TE really early and I to would love to see a 6-4 —6-6 TE on this team, but I just don’t see that happening. How many years did it take Smith/Kubiak to spend a high round pick on a freaking #2 receiver? I actually feel as though the Texans could get that kind of TE, but he would come with some character issues and would need to be watched by the team. I believe that the Texans could either use a late round pick or sign him as a FA and that player is none other than former Oregon Duck TE Colt Lyerla.
This Article on NFL.com will give you more insight about Colt and his resent issues, but keep this in mind, Vontaze Burfict was once considered a late 1st to early 2nd round talent, but he had terrible character issues and is now a key piece in Cincinnati’s defense. Using a late round pick on Colt would not be a waste in my mind if he didn’t work out and it’s not like you are dropping a 3rd on a certain player.
One more thing I would like to add, I think the Texans should honestly look really hard at possibly acquiring Jonathan Martin from the Dolphins. Everyone knows that he is not going to go back there and play with that team and I think the Texans could trade the Dolphins their 3rd or 4th round pick to them for him. I'm sure many of you don't like the idea of having him on the team but it just seems like the guy really needed to be in a veteran locker room and not surrounded by jackasses. I also wouldn't be surprised to see the Colts go after him as he was Luck's protector on his blindside.