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Old 04-01-2009   #1
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Default Goat's Early April Mock

What's changed? Wells has moved up in my overall mock and doesn't project to be there. With the signing of Cody I don't think the Texans will feel pressed to take a DT early unless they're sure about him, which bumps Baker down on my draft list.

Wishful Thinking: Malcolm Jenkins
Round 1 pick 15 Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest 5090 193 4.45
Previously Chris Wells RB Ohio St. 6011 235 4.45

Game breaker.

Very good athlete, with excellent quickness and closes on the play fast. Some of the best instincts I've seen in a college player. Has great hands, and plays the ball like a receiver. Dangerous with the ball in his hands returning INTs or kicks. Has excellent technique and footwork with smooth hips. Very good in his backpedal. Very physical for a corner his size, and is decent in run support. A complete player who is ready to step in immediately.

Played in 51 games amassing 188 tackles, 40 passes defensed, and 21 ints in 4 seasons. 15 INTs in his last two years. Had 3 INTs in 3 practices at the Senior Bowl.

NFL Comparison: Dre Bly

Round 2 pick 14 Rashad Johnson FS Alabama 5112 205 4.50

An outstanding team leader who plays like a coach on the field. Reads plays quickly. Has great instincts and ball skills that make him a play maker in pass defense. A solid tackler who will support the run. Very smart and a hard worker.

Played in 27 games the past 2 seasons with 183 tackles, 19 passes defensed, and 11 INTs.

NFL Comparison: OJ Atogwe

Round 3 pick 13 Michael Hamlin SS Clemson 6020 215 4.55
Previously Chris Baker DT Hampton 6020 326 5.00

Another team leader with a high football IQ, who plays smart and makes a lot of plays. Has excellent hands and ball skills that combine with his instincts to result in a lot of INTs. A good tackler who does a great job supporting the run.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons with 207 tackles, 16 passes defensed and 10 INTs.

Round 4 pick 12 Javon Ringer RB Michigan St. 5091 205 4.45

An excellent spell back to Steve Slaton who brings many of the same abilities, while still offering a different skill set. Ringer is smallish, but runs hard, and low behind his pads making him difficult to bring down. He's quick, with outstanding change of direction and balance, but lacks that extra gear. He has good hands, and is a more dangerous weapon in the passing game than he was able to show in college. He may be rising past this point after his monster pro day, where he blew away NFL scouts by destroying the agility drills, but I think his injury history will have him available here.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons with 635 carries for 3084 yards, 4.8 ypc and 28 TDs.

Round 4 pick 22 Gerald McRath OLB/ILB Southern Miss 6017 231 4.60

A solid athlete with a lot of upside. Has room to get bigger without losing his agility. Very productive in college. Not a big hitter, but does a good job of wrapping up and dragging the ball carrier down. Does a good job of reading the QB's eyes in coverage. Reads plays quickly and isn't fooled by misdirection. Has shown that he can be aggressive and take on blockers when he wants to. Is versatile and can play any linebacker position in a 4-3.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons, with 276 tackles, 21.5 TFL, and 6 sacks.

Round 5 pick 16 Roy Miller DT Texas 6012 310 5.10

Big strong DT who could still get bigger. Has a none stop motor, and brings everything he has. Is really strong at the point of attack, and could be a situational run defender in Bush's attacking defense.

Played in 13 games in 2008 producing 49 tackles, 11 TFL, and 5.5 sacks.

Round 6 pick 15 DeAndre Levy OLB Wisconsin 6016 236 4.55

Smart guy who is a leader on defense. Has good range that he uses well to stick with TEs in coverage, and chase down ball carriers. Solid form tackler. Very physical player who will fight it out at the line.

Played in 39 games the last 3 seasons with 193 tackles, 14 sacks, and 2 INTs.

Round 7 Pick 14 Sebastian Vollmer OT Houston 6075 312 5.10

Huge athletic tackle with good strength, and upside to match his size.
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What's changed? Wells has moved up in my overall mock and doesn't project to be there. With the signing of Cody I don't think the Texans will feel pressed to take a DT early unless they're sure about him, which bumps Baker down on my draft list.

Wishful Thinking: Malcolm Jenkins
Round 1 pick 15 Alphonso Smith CB Wake Forest 5090 193 4.45
Previously Chris Wells RB Ohio St. 6011 235 4.45

Game breaker.

Very good athlete, with excellent quickness and closes on the play fast. Some of the best instincts I've seen in a college player. Has great hands, and plays the ball like a receiver. Dangerous with the ball in his hands returning INTs or kicks. Has excellent technique and footwork with smooth hips. Very good in his backpedal. Very physical for a corner his size, and is decent in run support. A complete player who is ready to step in immediately.

Played in 51 games amassing 188 tackles, 40 passes defensed, and 21 ints in 4 seasons. 15 INTs in his last two years. Had 3 INTs in 3 practices at the Senior Bowl.

NFL Comparison: Dre Bly

Round 2 pick 14 Rashad Johnson FS Alabama 5112 205 4.50

An outstanding team leader who plays like a coach on the field. Reads plays quickly. Has great instincts and ball skills that make him a play maker in pass defense. A solid tackler who will support the run. Very smart and a hard worker.

Played in 27 games the past 2 seasons with 183 tackles, 19 passes defensed, and 11 INTs.

NFL Comparison: OJ Atogwe

Round 3 pick 13 Michael Hamlin SS Clemson 6020 215 4.55
Previously Chris Baker DT Hampton 6020 326 5.00

Another team leader with a high football IQ, who plays smart and makes a lot of plays. Has excellent hands and ball skills that combine with his instincts to result in a lot of INTs. A good tackler who does a great job supporting the run.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons with 207 tackles, 16 passes defensed and 10 INTs.

Round 4 pick 12 Javon Ringer RB Michigan St. 5091 205 4.45

An excellent spell back to Steve Slaton who brings many of the same abilities, while still offering a different skill set. Ringer is smallish, but runs hard, and low behind his pads making him difficult to bring down. He's quick, with outstanding change of direction and balance, but lacks that extra gear. He has good hands, and is a more dangerous weapon in the passing game than he was able to show in college. He may be rising past this point after his monster pro day, where he blew away NFL scouts by destroying the agility drills, but I think his injury history will have him available here.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons with 635 carries for 3084 yards, 4.8 ypc and 28 TDs.

Round 4 pick 22 Gerald McRath OLB/ILB Southern Miss 6017 231 4.60

A solid athlete with a lot of upside. Has room to get bigger without losing his agility. Very productive in college. Not a big hitter, but does a good job of wrapping up and dragging the ball carrier down. Does a good job of reading the QB's eyes in coverage. Reads plays quickly and isn't fooled by misdirection. Has shown that he can be aggressive and take on blockers when he wants to. Is versatile and can play any linebacker position in a 4-3.

Played in 26 games the last 2 seasons, with 276 tackles, 21.5 TFL, and 6 sacks.

Round 5 pick 16 Roy Miller DT Texas 6012 310 5.10

Big strong DT who could still get bigger. Has a none stop motor, and brings everything he has. Is really strong at the point of attack, and could be a situational run defender in Bush's attacking defense.

Played in 13 games in 2008 producing 49 tackles, 11 TFL, and 5.5 sacks.

Round 6 pick 15 DeAndre Levy OLB Wisconsin 6016 236 4.55

Smart guy who is a leader on defense. Has good range that he uses well to stick with TEs in coverage, and chase down ball carriers. Solid form tackler. Very physical player who will fight it out at the line.

Played in 39 games the last 3 seasons with 193 tackles, 14 sacks, and 2 INTs.

Round 7 Pick 14 Sebastian Vollmer OT Houston 6075 312 5.10

Huge athletic tackle with good strength, and upside to match his size.
Not bad I wouldnt be upset with this draft. I would rather have D Butler at 15 than Alphonso Smith. IMO he is the second best DB in this draft. I know a lot of people will dissagree with me on tht one.
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Default Re: Goat's Early April Mock

I really like the idea of taking a cornerback first. However, if it is going to be Alphonso Smith, he can probably be had later in the first round. If he is going to be the pick, then the Texans should really trade down a bit and pick him up a bit later, like they did with Duane Brown last year. That would also add at least one more draft pick, possibly enabling the Texans to spend more resources on the secondary as you have suggested.
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I like Smith, play maker CB. Roy Miller impressed the hell out of me, and fits the NT position. Solid mock.
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Not bad I wouldnt be upset with this draft. I would rather have D Butler at 15 than Alphonso Smith. IMO he is the second best DB in this draft. I know a lot of people will dissagree with me on tht one.
I'm not against Butler, but I think he has some holes in his game. He lets receivers get too much separation, and never seems to make real impact plays. In 4 years of college he has 19 passes defensed, and 7 INTs. Smith had 40 PD and 21 INTs over the same period, with 4 TDs. He also forced 7 fumbles.

Something the defense didn't do enough of last year was force turnovers. That's something that Smith, Johnson, and Hamlin would quickly rectify. Those 3 guys combined for 18 INTs last year. Those type of plays can change the course of a season.
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I'm just not a big back-end guy, too heavy there for my liking not a particularly strong draft class in area.
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I really like Smith and if we are gonna take a corner, a "pure corner" and not a watered down version who dosen't have to play a lot of man-coverage most of the time, Smith is my top pick for a CB. OK he's short, but I'll take his superior speed and athleticism over the taller Jenkins.
Now if they want a more versitle defensive back who can play some corner but the Texans are using the less demanding Cover 2 type scheme and a guy who can also play some FS, then Jenkins is the choice (if the 2 would somehow both be available).
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Man, I would be thrilled with that! The problem we're getting to in the 1st round are "guys that slip to us" vs. "nobody worth the 15th". There's a whole slew of guys that fans think would be better if we trade down and only a couple players that we're hoping slip to us. The problem arises when we CAN'T trade down, we'll be forced to take a player at 15 that everyone would rather see at 25... be that Alphonso Smith, Clay Matthews, etc.

This would solve our secondary problem once and for all... that's for sure.
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I'm not against Butler, but I think he has some holes in his game. He lets receivers get too much separation, and never seems to make real impact plays. In 4 years of college he has 19 passes defensed, and 7 INTs. Smith had 40 PD and 21 INTs over the same period, with 4 TDs. He also forced 7 fumbles.

Something the defense didn't do enough of last year was force turnovers. That's something that Smith, Johnson, and Hamlin would quickly rectify. Those 3 guys combined for 18 INTs last year. Those type of plays can change the course of a season.
I totally dissagree with youre assesment of Butler. Stats can be decieving. Most teams stayed away from him because he was such a playmaker. Everytime I watched Butler he made big plays. Dont get me wrong I like A Smith too I just think Butler is better and has better tools to work with.
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