Revan's 2014 Texans Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick #1- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisvile- No surprise here as I started his own thread in this forum. Our Texans need stability on offense in the worst way, and Teddy Bridgewater is the quarterback who can give it to our franchise. Completing nearly 70 percent of his passes, the quarterback tossed 58 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions the past two years at Louisville. He understands how to manage the game but also possesses the athletic talent to make big plays when needed. I feel we will be set for years at QB and have an answer to the Colts.
Round 2, Pick #33- Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn- Having missed out on the once in a generation talent of Jadeveon Clowney, we make up for it here with this pick. An undersized defensive end, or a jumbo outside linebacker, Ford has a tremendous amount of natural athleticism. He is quick off the ball and plays every down full speed. His effort gets him to a lot of backside tackles, and he's a special teams freak a la Braman. Adept at swatting down passes and playing the passing lanes as well. Will need to add weight but has talent to work with.
Round 3, Pick #65- Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State- Will Sutton is a dynamic interior pass rusher. He is explosive off the ball and has a very strong swim move. He can get excellent push up the middle and collapse the pocket. With Ford and Sutton we already have an upgraded line at two spots rather than just one with Clowney. What us Texans fans will like is that Sutton is a high motor guy who plays with relentless effort. His energy is obvious on the football field.
Round 4, Pick #97- E.J. Gaines, DB, Missouri- Gaines is a three-year starter and four-year contributor for the Missouri defense. He plays the game with good physicality and an aggressive demeanor. Whether he is defending a screen or run play, Gaines will contribute nicely as a tackler. He is fluid in his motions and has solid quickness and long speed. The Missouri defense plays a good mix of man and zone coverages, and Gaines excels in both schemes. He has good awareness and instincts in zone, while he can mirror and play tight coverage in man. This scheme diversity will help elevate his draft stock.
Round 5, Pick #129- Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia- Sims is as versatile a running back as there is in the country. He has the size to run the ball between the tackles and grind the game out, but the speed and quickness to turn the edge and take the ball to the house on any play. On top of his speed, he is very elusive and hard for defenders to get a solid hit on and hard to bring to the ground. Sims has shown his big play ability over and over while playing his first three seasons at Houston and again this season at West Virginia. Sims provides the best of both worlds as a running back and is a true three-down running back.
Round 6, Pick #161- Michael Shofield, OT, Michigan- Shofield is an athletic tackle prospect with good feet, flexibility and athleticism. Is able to get into the second level and maintains his balance and keeps his feet while blocking in space. Shows some aggressiveness and gets into his man, but could finish off blocks with more authority. Has the frame to add weight and strength and that will be a big key for him at the next level. Once power matches athleticism, he'll have a chance to be a good one. Should be good for training camp competition against those who were on IR.
Round 7, Pick #193- Jack Tyler, ILB, Virginia Tech- Jack Tyler had a very good senior season to finish out his career with 100 tackles and 4.5 sacks over the 13 games during the 2013 College Football Season. Jack Tyler was a leader of the Virginia Tech defense and those qualities will have to be taken into account when teams look at where he could go in the 2014 NFL Draft and his potential impact at the next level. Tyler is a guy that has been an underdog before when he was a walk-on at Virginia Tech but he took advantage of his opportunity and now is ready to move up to the next level.