First let me say I expect Texans/Rick Smith to be building trading relationships as I speak. So expect more than one trade, at least one back from #1 & one up into first or second round. Everyone has read some crazy, speculation regarding Texans and or other teams making moves to acquire "their guy" this is a risk/reward move that would net Texans an additional first round pick in 2015 swapping #1 of #13 plus a second 2014. This is a trade down TEXAN MOCK DRAFT with Jeff Fisher St. Louis Rams. They draft both JaDeveon Clowney & Greg Robinson
(or power to tender own trade down offers). Here you are, for entertainment purposes only!
1.13 Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, 5116 207
Simply put he is the franchise QB Texans have been looking for who will not crumble under pressure situations or throw games away. Uses moxie, competitive nature, ability to relate with fellow athletes, Completed 73% of his passes, prolific but needs a strong running game for balance. In Bill O'Brian structured defense & ability to develop young QB's my money is on both creating more than sum of each individually, creating a buzz in Houston that excites fans, turns Texans into a winner seemingly overnight & fill NRG.
2.33 Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State, 6010 211
Impressive athletic safety who can play center fielder or crash the box (led Pac-12 in tackles 114). Fluid, smooth hips, core strength, starter next to FS Swearinger. Like QB, Deone finally gives Texans are truly elite safety prospect to solidify porous secondary. His nickname is Sultan of Swat.
2.44 Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada, 6042 302
Versatile offensive linemen who's calling card is competitive fire, mean streak, Johnny Football protector either RT or OG who is quicker than fast but moves well in space (something Matthews did for Johnny @ A&M both LT & RT) so consider this a QB/OT fit.
3.1 DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State, 6036 322
IF O'Brian loves his former player like think he does plus fills a huge starting hole in the middle of Crennel defense then if here I think he's a smart pick. He is obviously well coached, competitive, consistent & able to handle workload as rookie. Bends & plays with leverage, doesn't hurt to upgrade position next to Watt.
4.1 Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia, 6045 258
Bigger, stronger version of Owen Daniels. Equally smart, productive, good/willing blocker, solid teammate & competitive. Would be outlet for Manziel, another team captain who was one of Aaron Murrays favorite & most reliable targets.
4.35 Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State, 6031 240
Crennel likes big inside LB's & Chrstian fills the bill with thumper like game three down LB who can also play special teams. Fluid movements, speed, long arms & big hands would be nice compliment to Cushing, can take care of his assignments/business.
5.1 DeVonta Freeman, RB, Florida State, 5082 174
Need a stable of running backs to fill behind Foster, but Devonta is not just a change of pace back he is a weapon out of the backfield receiving. Like Bitonio (fit w/Manziel) they could become a dangerous duo as supplement to running game. Guess I might suggest a comparison to Darren Sproles, thick lower body, explosive seems to have a second gear, plus hands.
6.1 Zach Kerr, NT, Deleware, 6013 326
Last year I picked Chris Jones little known out of Bowling Green, Texans cut him & he was picked up by New England. Zach actually started his College career @ Maryland which is know for a very solid strength program. He is more interior wide body with exceptional quickness. Really plus measureables across the board, two year starter best in "O" technique. See him playing nose in nickle while Jones kicks to DE. 57 tackles, 8 for loss & 3.5 sacks.
6.35 Ben Gardner, DE/DT, Stanford, 6040 275
Stock dropped because of injury (would also like Brandon Thomas here for similar reason). Smart, relentless competitor to develop/rehab as 5-tech DE. Have some depth with Crick & Jamison so can be patient & let him fully recover, could be this years candidate for IR? Why would I do that? Because if healthy he would be in consideration 3rd rd. (like BT) cannot stay blocked tweener who fits locker room.
7.1 Jeremy Gallon, WR/RET, Michigan, 5074 185
Has ability to separate from defender in space which translates into the slot & as punt returner. Solid build, ran sub 4.5 forty sudden, quick than fast but excellent large hands, dependable will not fumble or turnover rock just a solid football player with passion for the game. Runs very precise, sharp & flawless routes, quick hitches again for Manziel to hit which will be his strength.
- Richie Leone, Houston, Punter/Kick-offs, 5100 202
Lechler could teach younger kicker trade before moving on, either because of age or cap casualty. Leone can also take off pressure from Bullock on kick-offs keeping him focused on field goal accuracy & leg health giving Texans two solid young, cheap kickers. Who knows could be just about anybody, never knows who drops this far but kicker does make a lot of sense here plus like local tie in.
Have fun ripping this one apart we have only two weeks plus a few hours, feedback appreciated!