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Old 11-01-2009   #1
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Default Half-Season Texans Mock/Wishlist

Ok, with half the season done I wanted to share my thoughts for who the Texans should draft next year. Please critique. Oh, I have the Texans picking in the mid-20's. Say 24.

My first wish is to trade up for Suh, Berry or Mays, in that order. If that could not happen, a trade down to get some more picks. I am also hoping the FO signs a veteran DT. For the purpose of this mock, there is no trading. However, the Texans do sign a startable DT.

1) Idaho OG Mike Iupati, 6’5” 330
I am starting to think the running games’ problem is not just the runningback. Yes, I don’t think Slaton is a legitimate starting back. A very good 3rd down back, a great receiver out of the backfield, but the fumbling is killing me. Add in the lack of power, and I just don’t see it. However, the offensive line is a problem. Both the OGs are injured, which hurts. Pitts is old though, and quite a few people were clamoring for a replacement for Brisel. Iupati is raw, after only starting football at 14, but has been progressing by leaps and bounds each year. He is a high reward type of player, and I really only worry about his level of competition.

2) Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, 6’1” 235
You all know I am a fan of Gerhart, notably because of his power, and the fact that he is very consistent. After seeing the team fail time and time again in short yardage situations, power back is a priority. This pick could change because Moats has been playing well, but let us wait until we see it week in and week out.

3) Florida State SS Myron Rolle, 6’2” 223
Rolle took a year off from football to further his education. This will hurt his stock, and make some team very happy next April. Rolle has all the attributes to make him a starting safety.

4) Indiana (PA) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, 6’1” 205
Small school prospect with great measurables, he shuts down half the field at his level. He can double as a returner, which can only increase his value.

5) Notre Dame S Kyle McCarthy, 6’ 210
McCarthy plays SS at Notre Dame, but he has been a ball hawk all year. He is a very solid tackler, and a blue collar work ethic kind of guy.

5) Oklahoma DT DeMarcus Granger, 6’2” 327
Granger is a hard player to place. He plays next to one of the best DTs in college, so that makes him look better. However, he is a monster that is very strong at the point of attack. Granger has the potential to be a dominant run stopper. He suffered a pretty bad injury last year, it should be looked at.

6) Hillsdale OT Jared Veldheer, 6’8” 321
An athletic freak that has been dominating D2. Definitely a project pick, but with a very high ceiling.

7) Florida International QB Rusty Smith, 6’5” 230
7th rounder, so I was trying to think of a position where the player could take a few years to develop. Schaub is an upper tier QB, no doubt. But face it, he wont stay healthy all year every year. And the thought of Orlovsky backed up by Grossman (or the reverse) does not instill me with confidence. Smith has a pro arm and just needs to work on the nuances of the game.
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I would be happy if it turned out this way. But how about this

Rnd 1 traded for Steven Jackson
Rnd 2 G
Every thing else stays the same


I know you said no trades but I have a gut fealing that the Texans are going to go after Jackson this offseason.
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I would be happy if it turned out this way. But how about this

Rnd 1 traded for Steven Jackson
Rnd 2 G
Every thing else stays the same


I know you said no trades but I have a gut fealing that the Texans are going to go after Jackson this offseason.
I dont know about going after a RB. Sure he is only 26, so he has some good years left, but look at the carries. He will have about 1500 carries by next year. He has a history of injuries as well. I would prefer not to go after him.
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Ok, with half the season done I wanted to share my thoughts for who the Texans should draft next year. Please critique. Oh, I have the Texans picking in the mid-20's. Say 24.

My first wish is to trade up for Suh, Berry or Mays, in that order. If that could not happen, a trade down to get some more picks. I am also hoping the FO signs a veteran DT. For the purpose of this mock, there is no trading. However, the Texans do sign a startable DT.

1) Idaho OG Mike Iupati, 6’5” 330
I am starting to think the running games’ problem is not just the runningback. Yes, I don’t think Slaton is a legitimate starting back. A very good 3rd down back, a great receiver out of the backfield, but the fumbling is killing me. Add in the lack of power, and I just don’t see it. However, the offensive line is a problem. Both the OGs are injured, which hurts. Pitts is old though, and quite a few people were clamoring for a replacement for Brisel. Iupati is raw, after only starting football at 14, but has been progressing by leaps and bounds each year. He is a high reward type of player, and I really only worry about his level of competition.

2) Stanford RB Toby Gerhart, 6’1” 235
You all know I am a fan of Gerhart, notably because of his power, and the fact that he is very consistent. After seeing the team fail time and time again in short yardage situations, power back is a priority. This pick could change because Moats has been playing well, but let us wait until we see it week in and week out.

3) Florida State SS Myron Rolle, 6’2” 223
Rolle took a year off from football to further his education. This will hurt his stock, and make some team very happy next April. Rolle has all the attributes to make him a starting safety.

4) Indiana (PA) CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, 6’1” 205
Small school prospect with great measurables, he shuts down half the field at his level. He can double as a returner, which can only increase his value.

5) Notre Dame S Kyle McCarthy, 6’ 210
McCarthy plays SS at Notre Dame, but he has been a ball hawk all year. He is a very solid tackler, and a blue collar work ethic kind of guy.

5) Oklahoma DT DeMarcus Granger, 6’2” 327
Granger is a hard player to place. He plays next to one of the best DTs in college, so that makes him look better. However, he is a monster that is very strong at the point of attack. Granger has the potential to be a dominant run stopper. He suffered a pretty bad injury last year, it should be looked at.

6) Hillsdale OT Jared Veldheer, 6’8” 321
An athletic freak that has been dominating D2. Definitely a project pick, but with a very high ceiling.

7) Florida International QB Rusty Smith, 6’5” 230
7th rounder, so I was trying to think of a position where the player could take a few years to develop. Schaub is an upper tier QB, no doubt. But face it, he wont stay healthy all year every year. And the thought of Orlovsky backed up by Grossman (or the reverse) does not instill me with confidence. Smith has a pro arm and just needs to work on the nuances of the game.
Cost too much to trade up to top 10 maybe top 5 for guys you list.

1. Your OG while fast for 330lbs is too big and too many good guards & tackle converts to use up a first. Studdard is coming on strong and Myers and Caldwell will start remainder of this season. I think Myers and Caldwell may switch positions but Kubes really likes Myers at center.
2. Gerhart I had at #2 also, but if Moats is the real deal and Kubes does not get him killed being "set up the pass with the run" guy, we will see Moats/Slaton/Brown next year.
3. Your going to draft a SS when Pollard has revitalized your D? He is only 25.
4. I like your CB but I'm not taking a corner here.
5A. Two SS? Maybe one here if Ferguson & Barber are cut.
5B. I like a big nasty here but if you sign one in free agency? Also, if our lighter DTs continue to do well, forget Kubes signing or drafting a big boy. In fact Okam will prob be gone.

I have to change my board as Texans keep winning and we keep dropping in the draft order. LOL
Picking at # 19
1. Haden CB I think Dunta will be on roster either another tag or he will get a long term deal with both Smith and DE compromising. Reeves will be the other starter. Quinn is good and I'd move him to FS next year but I don't think Gary will. He does like CBs and a 1st round may help DR to sign. If DR is signed for only one more year, you have either Quinn or Haden to replace him.
2. Gerhart RB is still my favorite & I have him to replace C. Brown. At 6'1" 235 with 5.5 WR speed, he is too good to turn down regardless of how Moats/Slaton do. I do not repeat do not think Smith will go RB.
3. Jerome Murphy S. FLorida 6'1" CB/FS/KR with 4.48 speed is my FS if Quinn stays at corner. Wilson may last another year.
4. Thomas Austin OG/C/OT Clemson 6'3" 310lbs 5.16 "good feet & sets like an anchor". Will be a Caldwell type and may beat Brisiel out. First off the bench.
5A. Eric Olsen C/LG/OT Notre Dame 6'4" 305lbs 5.26. Started 12 g at LG & moved to C this year. May be gone by this pick. He will be solid.
5b. Tyler Sash SS Iowa 6'1" 210 A fellow poster turned me on to this guy and he blows me away. 5 INTs last year and 5 so far (before Saturday's win over Indiana. He had at least one INT a return for 86 yds and 6 points).
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Cost too much to trade up to top 10 maybe top 5 for guys you list.

1. Your OG while fast for 330lbs is too big and too many good guards & tackle converts to use up a first. Studdard is coming on strong and Myers and Caldwell will start remainder of this season. I think Myers and Caldwell may switch positions but Kubes really likes Myers at center.
2. Gerhart I had at #2 also, but if Moats is the real deal and Kubes does not get him killed being "set up the pass with the run" guy, we will see Moats/Slaton/Brown next year.
3. Your going to draft a SS when Pollard has revitalized your D? He is only 25.
4. I like your CB but I'm not taking a corner here.
5A. Two SS? Maybe one here if Ferguson & Barber are cut.
5B. I like a big nasty here but if you sign one in free agency? Also, if our lighter DTs continue to do well, forget Kubes signing or drafting a big boy. In fact Okam will prob be gone.

I have to change my board as Texans keep winning and we keep dropping in the draft order. LOL
Picking at # 19
1. Haden CB I think Dunta will be on roster either another tag or he will get a long term deal with both Smith and DE compromising. Reeves will be the other starter. Quinn is good and I'd move him to FS next year but I don't think Gary will. He does like CBs and a 1st round may help DR to sign. If DR is signed for only one more year, you have either Quinn or Haden to replace him.
2. Gerhart RB is still my favorite & I have him to replace C. Brown. At 6'1" 235 with 5.5 WR speed, he is too good to turn down regardless of how Moats/Slaton do. I do not repeat do not think Smith will go RB.
3. Jerome Murphy S. FLorida 6'1" CB/FS/KR with 4.48 speed is my FS if Quinn stays at corner. Wilson may last another year.
4. Thomas Austin OG/C/OT Clemson 6'3" 310lbs 5.16 "good feet & sets like an anchor". Will be a Caldwell type and may beat Brisiel out. First off the bench.
5A. Eric Olsen C/LG/OT Notre Dame 6'4" 305lbs 5.26. Started 12 g at LG & moved to C this year. May be gone by this pick. He will be solid.
5b. Tyler Sash SS Iowa 6'1" 210 A fellow poster turned me on to this guy and he blows me away. 5 INTs last year and 5 so far (before Saturday's win over Indiana. He had at least one INT a return for 86 yds and 6 points).
http://www.hawkeyesports.com/sports/...103109aaa.html
1) Too big? 330 is not that much larger than the average, if I remember correctly. 6'5" is a little tall, I could see that being a problem. I like Caldwell and Studdard, but I still think a more powerful OG would help the run game immensely. Brown-Studdard-Calwell-Iupati-Winston is the line I am feeling.

2) I also dont think Smithiak will go for a RB, especially this early. I hope they do though. Moats looked good, but it was against the Bills, who doesn't look good against them?

3) Yep, even with Pollard I am looking at a SS. We thought we has a SS before with Will Demps, that did not turn out so well. Even so, a backup SS would be useful. It is late 3rd round, I am looking for depth and potential here now.

4) Fair enough, looking at your draft. I will get to yours.

5) I am becoming a big fan of McCarthy. He is instinctive and knows the position. He would be great depth and special teams. I could see your point, we would have quite a few SS. I would probably pick another position in round 3 if it came down to it. Sash is legit, again, I will get back to your draft.

5) Yep, another DT. We traded away TJ. Zgonia is old. Okam is unproven. Another DT would not hurt.

On to your draft:

1) Love the Haden pick. I would pick him, but I think he goes before the Texans pick. He is definitely ahead of Iupati on my board.

2) Agreed

3) I dont know enough about Murphy, but you picked a first round corner. If DR is kept, Quinn could move to FS. I dont have a problem with this pick though. Depth is always good, and here at the bottom of the third a starter wont get picked.

4) Austin is a popular pick here, I had him in earlier versions. He became expendable in my draft because of Iupati. If the draft is going down your way, I would be ecstatic about the pick.

5a) I would be perfectly fine with Olsen. Depth at every OLine spot, this is good.

5b) Sash is coming on strong. He is alot like McCarthy, either one of them I would be happy with the team picking.
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I could go with a bigger guard to power runs but that is not the ZBS. Would be helpful in red zone wouldn't he?
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The thing is, I dont see the ZBS staying. I have not been seeing any improvement in the running game. If anything, it has regressed (aside from the random exceptions).
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I threw this mock together real quick this evening but I think that it addresses most of our needs with the exception of DT that I think we should address in FA since we've proven we're not real good with DT's in the draft.

1. Joe Haden-CB, if Dunta leaves then replacing him will be our top priority since no one that's currently on our roster is good enough to step up as a #1 CB. Haden has all the physical skills he just needs a little coaching on technique and some experience.

2. Nate Allen-FS, Morgan Burnett will most likely be gone in the 1st round and Allen has been moving up draft boards alot lately. I want a good coverage FS/ballhawk.

3. Mike Johnson-OG, might be available and might not if he's gone then the pick is Sergio Render-OG. Both are obvious upgrades to the interior O-line that are much needed.

4. Thomas Austin-OG, should be available and we need a massive talent upgrade on the interior O-line. If he doesn't start by mid year then he should at least be a quality backup. Adding 2 OG's should move Myers and Brisiel to backup rolls where they belong and move Studdard and White off the team where they belong.

5. Anthony Dixon-RB, a power RB who's not perfect but who is in the 5th round. He'll need some work on quickness, speed, and cutting ability but he's got potential.

5. Kyle Jolly-OT, the only depth at OT we've got is Rashad Butler and Tutan Reyes (who?). Jolly has got good size and has started lots of games for N.C. and should have the ability to be a utility O-lineman and decent depth at OT.

6. LeGarrette Blount-RB, I know about the punch and discipline issue with him, I watched the Boise St. game. This pick will be very dependent on how he has handled himself since the incident and on his interviews. If he hasn't changed his attitude then we pick someone else obviously, but if he's had no further incidents, interviews well and seems to have changed his attitude then he's the pick. The guy has talent, size, and power and someone will give him a chance in the NFL. Also in the 6th round it's a very low risk high reward situation. If he plays well great and if he doesn't then we haven't lost anything since most 6th round picks don't make their respective teams rosters anyway.

7. Zoltan Mesko-P, he's big, a good punter, and much younger and cheaper than Turk. Also we wouldn't be wasting a pick on someone who most likely wouldn't make the team anyway. We'd be one of the only teams who's 7th round pick makes the roster. Also how many times are you going to get the chance to draft someone named Zoltan.
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The thing is, I dont see the ZBS staying. I have not been seeing any improvement in the running game. If anything, it has regressed (aside from the random exceptions).
I am not sold on the ZBS either although Slaton ran well in it last year. The Oline seems to be improving from what others say so expect Kubes to stick with it. Historically, I have favored the straight approach of trying to blow the dline back with big strong Oline and a strong power runner. An occasional play by a half back on a slant or draw play but move the pile type of a running game. Your guard would be excellent in that offense but we would need a big strong RB (Gerhart?). The ZBS is a Kubiac philosophy as was the "run to set up the pass". We saw how long it took for him to change the latter & I expect the same of the ZBS. To be fair, ZBS did move the ball between the 20s.
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