Texian's POST COMBINE Mock
1-1. Blake Bortles - QB, UCF
- no surprise to anyone. All things being equal BB size is the difference maker. When Bortles' gets some LEFT BIG TOE coaching, Bortles' ball placement, accuracy and arm strength will improve dramatically. Bortles has the highest ceiling of all QBs in this draft and his ability to remain cool, calm and collected when his team needs him in the final minutes of a game is what separates Bortles from the rest of QBs in this draft class.
Why not Bridgewater? Bortles is bigger and has a better arm and runs better. Teddy's passes > 15 yds are suspect and his deep ball takes a higher trajectory with more air needed than most. The latest rumors of him playing at 188 lbs at the end of 2013 would explain a softer arm. I project Teddy to be a QB similar to Andy Dalton.
Why not Manziel? Simply put, LSU and MIZZOU exposed Manziel when he couldn't get outside of the tackle box. When he tried to escape out the backside he wasn't very effective. Recently Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski after watching hours of tape of Manziel have said Manziel often and chronically missed and overlooked wide open receivers.
2-1. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins - TE, Washington
If ASJ had simply duplicated his 12' season (69 rec, 859 yds, 7 TDs) there would be no questions about him being a RD1 draft choice. His alarming drop in production (only 36 rec, 450 yds, 8 TDs) is directly related to the Huskies implementing their new no huddle spread offense. TEs not required or included. ASJ had better production as a true freshman than he did in 2013. A result of the new offense called for ASJ to become a better blocking TE and he spent the year doing just that.
Garrett Graham is a FA and Owen Daniels is in the final year of his $6.25 mil a year contract. Ryan Griffin is unproven but is a big body TE (6'6", 261) that seems to be a fit for O'Brien's offense. ASJ is 6'5" and 262 lbs.
3-1. Donte' Moncrief - WR, Ole Miss
AJ will be 33 this season, now is the perfect time to find AJ's eventual replacement. At 35 for the most part, AJ's career is over and after 2 years of learning behind AJ, Moncrief is ready to step in. Donte' Moncrief was one of the top performers at the Combine: 6'2"/221 lbs./4.40 40/1.50 10 yd split/13 reps/39.5" vert/11' BJ/4.30 shuttle/7.02 Cone. Moncrief's 1.50 10 yd split, 39.5" vertical and 11' broad jump tell you that Donte' has an amazingly quick first step with great explosion.
4-1. Billy Turner - OT, NDSU
I have watched 6 NDSU games this year. Originally to scout CB Marcus Williams and became enamored with Turner. Turner reminds me quite a bit of Ryan Clady. Turner is a plug and play and would be the team's best option at RT. Turner can also play LT and would be the team's best option to slide in to LT should the need occur. Turner's Combine: 6047/315/34" arms/10" hands/5.16 40/1.75 10 yd split/25 reps/28" vert/9'1" BJ/4.71 Cone/7.92 Shuttle.
At this point you're probably thinking this is an early Offense heavy draft. Yes it is. There are two reasons for that. 1. The players picked fit the BPA. 2. This would allow Blake Bortles -QB, DeAndre Hopkins - WR, Austin Sefarian-Jenkins - TE and Donte' Moncrief - WR the opportunity to practice, play and spend as much time together as possible, learning and executing the new Bill O'Brien offense. More Time = Better execution.
Also of note, I am one who DOES NOT think the current Texans Team is a Super Bowl contender. However with the right long term strategic planning they could be only 2-3 years from contending. I am in favor cutting Matt Schaub and trading Arian Foster and taking all their dead money in the 2014 season. In doing so this will remove their entire salary cap allocations ($26 million) from the 2015 books. With prudent and responsible salary cap management in 2014 this will allow the Texans to enter the 2015 season approximately $60 million under the cap. This will put the Texans in GREAT shape to talk resigning JJ Watt and fixing the Defense after loading up on offense in the 2014 Draft.
5-1. Caraun Reid - DT, Princeton
5-Comp. (Connor Barwin) Philip Gaines - CB, Rice
6-1. DeAndre Coleman - DT, California
7-1. Avery Williamson - ILB, Kentucky
Reid and Coleman give Romeo the big bodies he prefers on his DL and Defense.
13 year pattern of behavior of Texans not really knowing what they're doing on draft day is still alive and well.
Last edited by Texian; 03-03-2014 at 06:30 PM.