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Default Doppelmock: In Season Version 3.0

With the end of the regular season, its time for another Doppelmock. A lot has changed in the 5 or so weeks since Version 2.0. The Texans have gone from a favorite in the AFC and likely #1 seed to the #3 seed and likely a one and done unless they play significantly better on Saturday. But, this is not the place for present, its a place for the future. So, with that in mind, here are some things I think happen in the offseason:

1. Barwin lost out on a TON of money and is kicking himself for not taking the Texans money. I think he comes back and slots into the S OLB at a reasonable contract.

2. I think Quinn leaves and the Texans resign McCain to man the nickel spot. Texans give Brandon Harris and Eddie Pleasant a chance opposite Manning. Pleasant wins the job and the Texans resign Troy Nolan. Harris becomes a backup or goes back to the ST.

3. Joe Marciano gets a promotion. Rather than suffer the indignity of being fired, the last standing Original Texan Marciano is “promoted” into a front office job away from the special teams.

4. Kubiak, Schaub, and the Son of Bum return. Yes, they collapsed down the stretch, but Kubes has now gotten the team into the playoffs two straight years. Schaub just signed his new shiny contract so he gets an extra year. Son of Bum sticks around.

With that in mind, on with the mock!

1. Kawann Short, NT, Purdue , 6’3, 310lbs, 5.50
I know some people will be disappointed by this selection. He is not a space eater nor a clogging NT. However, he is the kind of player Wade covets as a Nose. He is an athletic, natural passrushing DT. This year he has 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 4 passes broken up, 4 blocked kicks and 1 forced fumble. Quite simply , he is a playmaker at the DT spot. One of the problems the Defense has had this year is that outside of Watt, the front 7 has not really applied a pass rush. Add Short to the DL and the Texans will finally have a consistent pass rush coming from up the middle and the edge. Short, like Watt, is simply too strong and athletic to be blocked by a single player. By getting into the backfield, he will be able to stop runs from happening. Short starts from Day 1.

2. Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia, 6'6, 310, 5.09
If you have seen my thoughts in the weekly game threads and these mock drafts, you know 2 things: 1. I don’t think Newton is a starting caliber RT and 2) I really like Alabama OT DJ Fluker. As you know, Fluker is a big athletic RT/OG prospect. That said, those types of athletes tend to get snapped up pretty quick and I don’t think he lasts till the end of the 2nd. As is life. One reason, Fluker drops into the second is pass protection. Simply put, its not elite. He is a plus run blocker, but only an average pass protector at this point. So, with that, I would like to introduce you to my second round selection: Oday Aboushi. This guy is a plus pass protector and solid run protector. He has the quickness, speed, and athleticism to play LT. These days in the NFL, elite defenses have multiple big time pass rushers. Having an athlete who can deal with speed rushers and power rushers on both sides of the line is smart. Its almost like having 2 LTs. He could immediately upgrade and start at the RT spot.

3. Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky, 6'5, 249, 4.69
Clearly the Defense has not played as well as it did last year. There are lots of potential reasons, but for me it comes down to one simple thing: pressure. Remember the Bulls on Parade? How many times would we see Barwin, Reed, Smith, Watt, and Cush all converging on the QB. Nowadays, its not there. Barwin has been a shell. When healthy, Reed has been a run stuffing terror, but hasn’t given very much as a pass rusher. Smith has had a solid season. Mercilus is finding his way. Watt, has been playing on a historical level where names like Bruce Smith and Reggie White did not even go. What the team needs is pass rushing. I present Quanterus Smith for your consideration. This year he has had 12.5 sacks, 35 tackles, with 16.5 tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles. He even returned a fumble 75 yards for a TD. Now, you may be saying, but Dopp: that was against inferior competition, how did he do against the big boys? Well, my friend 3, yes 3 of those sacks were against my boy: Alabama OT DJ Fluker. Nuff said. Smith becomes a pass rush specialist as he eases into the Texans Defense.

3. Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech, 6’4, 232lbs, 4.45
What separates Keshawn Martin (5’10, 190 lbs), DeVier Posey(6’1, 206lbs), LeStar Jean, (6’3 205lbs) from someone like Andre Johnson (6’3 227lbs)? One of them is natural ability. The second is the combination of size, speed, and strength. Jean lacks core strength and tends to get pushed off a lot. Martin and Posey are smaller, quicker, receivers. Enter, Marcus Davis. He is certainly not as talented as AJ, but, he has strength, size, and speed. He could immediately become a threat in the passing game. He could even develop into a #1 receiver or be a very high quality #2. After getting the pass blocking down, I see him starting at WR opposite AJ by mid season.

4. Sanders Commings, CB/S, Georgia , 6’2, 216lbs, 4.49
Huge DB with speed, and hands. He has 43 tackles and three interceptions this year. One of those INTs came in the SEC championship game against Alabama. Last year he had 55 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1sack, 12 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception. At the moment, he is not ready. He needs some good coaching to get him ready to play in the NFL. In the immediate he becomes a monster ST player. But down the line he becomes quality depth/starting material at either CB or Safety.

5. Michael Williams, TE, Alabama, 6’6, 270lbs, 4.77
What do Owen Daniels, Garret Graham, and Joel Dreesen all have in common? They are all the same type of player: primarily pass catching TEs primarily with some blocking skills. You know what the Texans have tried to do in goal line situations? Play OT Ryan Harris as a blocking TE. Know why it hasn’t worked? 1)Harris is too slow to hit the hole and 2) Harris really cant run block all that well. Remember a guy named Anthony Hill? In the 2009 draft, the Texans drafted the 6’6 277lb TE to be a blocking demon in the fifth round. In college Hill was primarily a blocking TE, but caught 19 passes for 4 tds (red zone weapon). In his senior season, Williams has 21 catches and 4 touchdowns. Like Hill, he is also primarily a blocking TE. With Williams, the Texans could play a 2 TE set with Daniels/Graham and Williams. Williams could be the super blocker allowing OD/Graham to get down the field. He would also feature in goal line blocking and even as a red zone threat. What’s not to like here?

5. Blaize Foltz, OG, TCU, 6'4, 310, 5.23
Its all about the trenches. The great teams stay great teams because they have a OL who can protect the QB or a DL who can cause havoc. Gotta get depth. Foltz has the potential to be sleeper prospect. He played well for TCU the last couple of years, but needs more good NFL coaching. Right now, he is not ready. But, if given time and good coaching I project him to be quality backup/spot starter material. Great value in the 5th round.

6. Denard Robinson, ATH, Michigan, 6’1, 193, 4.55
Some of you may be questioning his pick, but here me out. I am not drafting him to be a QB. He does not have the passing ability or accuracy to be an NFL QB. However, he is a potential playmaker with the ball in his hand. Maybe he would be a good for bubble screens…throw a short pass his way and watch him break it? Maybe he could be used in a wildcat/pistol/spread package where he takes the direct snap and either pitches it to Foster or runs it himself. Maybe he would be a dynamic kick or punt returner. Point is, he could be used in numerous ways and I think would bring a wrinkle to the offense to keep the defense on their toes. I listed Robinson as an ATH(athlete) as I am not sure what “position” he would occupy on the team.

7. Michael Ford, RB, LSU, 5'10,215, 4.58
What do we know about running backs? We can’t have enough good ones. This system needs one cut RBs and Ford would be a good one to have. He averaged 5.7 ypc on around 70 carries this past year. That may sound low, but LSU uses a multiple RB set and all three of their backs ran for over 500 yards last year(Ford had over 700 yards). What this means to us is he is fresher, doesn't have as much tread, and is itching to play. Tate may be gone after next year and Forsett may want to go get more playing time. Having a fresh RB each year is not a bad option. I say pick him in the 7th and give him a chance. All I am saying is give Ford a chance!!!

7. Quinn Sharp: K/P, Oklahoma State, 6'1, 205
I don’t hate Donnie Jones. I really don’t. Donnie Jones is a fine punter. Problem is he is an average punter. In net average he is #15 of 32 punters with a net of 41.7 yards. He is also an average punter when dropping it inside the 20. One thing he has been unable to do is change field position. In comparison, Sharp has averaged over 45 yards net in his career (45.1 this year and 46.3 last year which would be top 2). Sharp also can pin the ball inside the 20 and boom touchbacks out of bounds. I say upgrade the position and get a guy who can change field positions with his foot.


And with that, I respectfully submit this mock for your feedback!!!
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If you noticed, I did not draft an ILB. I believe he is already on the team...


Here would be my projected lineups:

Offense

Brown----Brooks----Myers----Jones---Aboushi

AJ---OD/Graham-----Schaub------Williams/Casey----Davis

---------------------Foster

This Offense would be stouter in pass and run protection. It would give Schaub time to get the ball to AJ/TE/Davis/Foster. It would be able to execute a running and passing attack on the defense.


Defense


-------Smith------Short-----Watt

Barwin----Cushing----Reed-----Mercilus/Smith


Jackson------Manning--------Pleasant-------Joseph


This defense brings back pass rushing. Short and Watt require double teams. Smith is no slouch either. With this effort from the front 3 the defense is now confused where the fourth and or fifth rusher comes from. Is it Barwin or Mercilus/Smith? Does Cush come up the middle behind Short? What about Reed? He can rush the passer too? Even Jackson, Joseph, Jackson, and Manning have rushed before. This brings the question of surprise back to the Wade defense. With another year, Jackson improves, Joseph heals and Manning and Pleasant begin to form a good partnership.
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Although I don't know anything about these players other than what you wrote, I wouldn't mind seeing those positions addressed in the draft. Also, is there a QB that catches your eye you think we can groom to take over this offense one day?
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Only problem I can see is which post to give positive feedback on? Must pick one, must spread rep. Really like your work. Will post more serious feedback when able. Prost
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Although I don't know anything about these players other than what you wrote, I wouldn't mind seeing those positions addressed in the draft. Also, is there a QB that catches your eye you think we can groom to take over this offense one day?
Thanks!

I think this team has more important needs than a QB.

1. The RT position is currently manned by Newton and Ryan Harris. Originally, Rashad Butler was supposed to be the RT, but he was injured and Newton was forced to step up. Harris has not looked particularly great and Newton has struggled. I think Newton would be better as a Swing tackle depth player than a starter. Thus I advocate the need for a high pick on a RT.

2. The DL and OLB corp has struggled to apply adequate pressure. Cody has been a fine player, but he struggles against the bigger stronger OLs. Likewise, the dynamic duo of Barwin and Reed had a grand total of 5.5 sacks combined. Thus, I suggest moving Reed to ILB, where his run stopping, lateral movement, pass D, and occasional blitzing would be better utilized.

This is a thin year for QBs. Unlike last year where Luck and RGIII were potential franchise QBs and Wilson/Cousins were potential stars, this year the cupboard is quite bare. Geno Smith looks like the best out of a very average looking group. Matt Barkley looked bad without a great LT blocking him. Wilson had an up and down year in Arkansas. Bray, had some shaky performances and some questionable decision making. Landry Jones has also had something of an up and down year. Sam Bradford's struggles may hurt him. Tajh Boyd looks like he has potential but is not there. Nassib was disappointing to be honest. Glennon will shoot up the draft boards due to size and speed. Dysert is another interesting prospect.

If the Texans didn't have issues at RT, NT, Pass rusher, etc I would look into taking a developmental QB in the 2nd round. I would gun for Dysert or Boyd. That said, I think the Texans have bigger needs than developmental QB at this time. Thus, Boyd and Dysert should be gone by 4th, which is the point where I think the Texans could afford a developmental player.

So, if I had to take someone else, I would look at Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan. He had a down season this year due to a poor OL, receiver drops, and an overall ineffective offense. Plus he lost superstar WR Jordan White to the NFL. In 2011, when he had a quality WR, he was a great passer. 66% completion, 3,873 yards, 31 touchdowns/14 interceptions. In 2010 he had 63% passer completion, 3,334 yards with 30 touchdowns/12 interceptions. Carder made good decisions, has a strong arm, and enough nimbleness and speed to actually scramble a bit. Is he better than TJ Yates or Case Keenum? He probably goes in the 6-undrafted range.
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If you noticed, I did not draft an ILB. I believe he is already on the team...


Here would be my projected lineups:

Offense

Brown----Brooks----Myers----Jones---Aboushi

AJ---OD/Graham-----Schaub------Williams/Casey----Davis

---------------------Foster

This Offense would be stouter in pass and run protection. It would give Schaub time to get the ball to AJ/TE/Davis/Foster. It would be able to execute a running and passing attack on the defense.


Defense


-------Smith------Short-----Watt

Barwin----Cushing----Reed-----Mercilus/Smith


Jackson------Manning--------Pleasant-------Joseph


This defense brings back pass rushing. Short and Watt require double teams. Smith is no slouch either. With this effort from the front 3 the defense is now confused where the fourth and or fifth rusher comes from. Is it Barwin or Mercilus/Smith? Does Cush come up the middle behind Short? What about Reed? He can rush the passer too? Even Jackson, Joseph, Jackson, and Manning have rushed before. This brings the question of surprise back to the Wade defense. With another year, Jackson improves, Joseph heals and Manning and Pleasant begin to form a good partnership.
I disagree with your notion that moving Reed to ILB will fix that position. IMO the ILB position on the Texans is one of the weakest on the team and most definitely needs to be addressed in the Draft. With Cushing coming off an ACL and now Sharpton (injuries) out for the Playoffs, after missing part of last season and most of this one, plus Brady James and Rudd (age) being stop-gap measures, we need to seriously upgrade this position. It's going to take a lot more than just moving Reed over to do it to. I know Ryans wasn't the player he use to be but I wonder just how much they missed his leadership during these last 4 games.
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Thank you for all the comments everyone! I really appreciate everyone taking the time to respond with articulate, well thought out responses. As such, it is only right for me to return in kind.

I will do that tomorrow, when I have the time to right a reply to each person.

Thanks again!
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1. Short, fixes our D-line issues and improves our run D, also good pressure on the QB in the passing game, I love this pick.
2. Aboushi, this pick might take some as I think he could go low 1st round or very high 2nd. If he does fall to us, I love this pick. Instant starter at RT.
3. Smith, has been injured and will probably go later.
3b. Davis, has lots of potential but....
4. Commings, I'm not real familiar with him but I like the added depth at CB.
5. Williams, I really like this pick as well, should provide added blocking and size to the O-line.
5b. Foltz, good depth pick with good size and speed for his size. I had him in mocks a few months ago.
6. Robinson, very good athlete but I don't like the idea of drafting a player without a position, takes to much time and effort to turn him into something.
7. Ford, I'm not familiar with him either but I like the position chosen late and adds depth if we trade/lose Tate.
7. Sharp, I've got him in the 7th round of my latest mock as well, good pick.

I think if you did better in the 3rd and 6th it would be great. Overall very good in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th.
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I think Barwin could move inside and play next to Cush. His numbers from the combine are VERY similar to Cush and he definitely has the athleticism to play in space, remember he played BB and TE in college

Reed should stay in the rotation at OLB, he has such an explosive first step, he just needs to develop some pass rush moves
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1. Short, fixes our D-line issues and improves our run D, also good pressure on the QB in the passing game, I love this pick.
2. Aboushi, this pick might take some as I think he could go low 1st round or very high 2nd. If he does fall to us, I love this pick. Instant starter at RT.
3. Smith, has been injured and will probably go later.
3b. Davis, has lots of potential but....
4. Commings, I'm not real familiar with him but I like the added depth at CB.
5. Williams, I really like this pick as well, should provide added blocking and size to the O-line.
5b. Foltz, good depth pick with good size and speed for his size. I had him in mocks a few months ago.
6. Robinson, very good athlete but I don't like the idea of drafting a player without a position, takes to much time and effort to turn him into something.
7. Ford, I'm not familiar with him either but I like the position chosen late and adds depth if we trade/lose Tate.
7. Sharp, I've got him in the 7th round of my latest mock as well, good pick.

I think if you did better in the 3rd and 6th it would be great. Overall very good in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th.
Thanks!!!

3. Yes, I have recently learned about Smith's injury. Will need to be re-thought.
3. Davis had a bad QB thowing the ball to him. Consider how bad Logan Thomas was.

6. To me, Robinson just comes across like a potential playmaker. A bigger, stronger version of what Trindon Holiday was supposed to be. Bubble screen, short pass, Wild Bull, Pistol, option, Kick/PR to allow KM to focus on being a slot reciever, etc the options are so many. One criticism is the Texans offense is boring, repetitive, and predictable. Adding this guy would give it a wrinkle, if Kubes was smart enough to use him...
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1. Short, fixes our D-line issues and improves our run D, also good pressure on the QB in the passing game, I love this pick.
2. Aboushi, this pick might take some as I think he could go low 1st round or very high 2nd. If he does fall to us, I love this pick. Instant starter at RT.
3. Smith, has been injured and will probably go later.
3b. Davis, has lots of potential but....
4. Commings, I'm not real familiar with him but I like the added depth at CB.
5. Williams, I really like this pick as well, should provide added blocking and size to the O-line.
5b. Foltz, good depth pick with good size and speed for his size. I had him in mocks a few months ago.
6. Robinson, very good athlete but I don't like the idea of drafting a player without a position, takes to much time and effort to turn him into something.
7. Ford, I'm not familiar with him either but I like the position chosen late and adds depth if we trade/lose Tate.
7. Sharp, I've got him in the 7th round of my latest mock as well, good pick.

I think if you did better in the 3rd and 6th it would be great. Overall very good in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 7th.
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Except I've seen Ford play, like him alot and the Texans will be lucky to be there in the 7th. His best yrs are ahead of him. IMHO Very talented underutilized guy.
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I disagree with your notion that moving Reed to ILB will fix that position. IMO the ILB position on the Texans is one of the weakest on the team and most definitely needs to be addressed in the Draft. With Cushing coming off an ACL and now Sharpton (injuries) out for the Playoffs, after missing part of last season and most of this one, plus Brady James and Rudd (age) being stop-gap measures, we need to seriously upgrade this position. It's going to take a lot more than just moving Reed over to do it to. I know Ryans wasn't the player he use to be but I wonder just how much they missed his leadership during these last 4 games.
I actually think Sharpton came back too fast. He was not really ready to go. Cush should be relatively ready to go next year. The reason I like Reed at ILB is becuase he can be more of an impact player in the center of the field. Rather than getting washed out on a play, he can quickly attack the run and considerably help the up the middle run D. His pass rushing wasn't the best, but his run stopping was quite strong. Having a guy like Reed next to Cush is a great combo. Get Sharpton healthy and pair him with a Dobbins/Mister Alexander and that's a decent ILB group of 4. If you want to sign an UDFA or late round ILB like Bruce Taylor or Michael Mauti?
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With the end of the regular season, its time for another Doppelmock. A lot has changed in the 5 or so weeks since Version 2.0. The Texans have gone from a favorite in the AFC and likely #1 seed to the #3 seed and likely a one and done unless they play significantly better on Saturday. But, this is not the place for present, its a place for the future. So, with that in mind, here are some things I think happen in the offseason:

1. Barwin lost out on a TON of money and is kicking himself for not taking the Texans money. I think he comes back and slots into the S OLB at a reasonable contract.

2. I think Quinn leaves and the Texans resign McCain to man the nickel spot. Texans give Brandon Harris and Eddie Pleasant a chance opposite Manning. Pleasant wins the job and the Texans resign Troy Nolan. Harris becomes a backup or goes back to the ST.

3. Joe Marciano gets a promotion. Rather than suffer the indignity of being fired, the last standing Original Texan Marciano is “promoted” into a front office job away from the special teams.

4. Kubiak, Schaub, and the Son of Bum return. Yes, they collapsed down the stretch, but Kubes has now gotten the team into the playoffs two straight years. Schaub just signed his new shiny contract so he gets an extra year. Son of Bum sticks around.

With that in mind, on with the mock!

1. Kawann Short, NT, Purdue , 6’3, 310lbs, 5.50
I know some people will be disappointed by this selection. He is not a space eater nor a clogging NT. However, he is the kind of player Wade covets as a Nose. He is an athletic, natural passrushing DT. This year he has 42 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 4 passes broken up, 4 blocked kicks and 1 forced fumble. Quite simply , he is a playmaker at the DT spot. One of the problems the Defense has had this year is that outside of Watt, the front 7 has not really applied a pass rush. Add Short to the DL and the Texans will finally have a consistent pass rush coming from up the middle and the edge. Short, like Watt, is simply too strong and athletic to be blocked by a single player. By getting into the backfield, he will be able to stop runs from happening. Short starts from Day 1.

2. Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia, 6'6, 310, 5.09
If you have seen my thoughts in the weekly game threads and these mock drafts, you know 2 things: 1. I don’t think Newton is a starting caliber RT and 2) I really like Alabama OT DJ Fluker. As you know, Fluker is a big athletic RT/OG prospect. That said, those types of athletes tend to get snapped up pretty quick and I don’t think he lasts till the end of the 2nd. As is life. One reason, Fluker drops into the second is pass protection. Simply put, its not elite. He is a plus run blocker, but only an average pass protector at this point. So, with that, I would like to introduce you to my second round selection: Oday Aboushi. This guy is a plus pass protector and solid run protector. He has the quickness, speed, and athleticism to play LT. These days in the NFL, elite defenses have multiple big time pass rushers. Having an athlete who can deal with speed rushers and power rushers on both sides of the line is smart. Its almost like having 2 LTs. He could immediately upgrade and start at the RT spot.

3. Quanterus Smith, OLB, Western Kentucky, 6'5, 249, 4.69
Clearly the Defense has not played as well as it did last year. There are lots of potential reasons, but for me it comes down to one simple thing: pressure. Remember the Bulls on Parade? How many times would we see Barwin, Reed, Smith, Watt, and Cush all converging on the QB. Nowadays, its not there. Barwin has been a shell. When healthy, Reed has been a run stuffing terror, but hasn’t given very much as a pass rusher. Smith has had a solid season. Mercilus is finding his way. Watt, has been playing on a historical level where names like Bruce Smith and Reggie White did not even go. What the team needs is pass rushing. I present Quanterus Smith for your consideration. This year he has had 12.5 sacks, 35 tackles, with 16.5 tackles for a loss, and three forced fumbles. He even returned a fumble 75 yards for a TD. Now, you may be saying, but Dopp: that was against inferior competition, how did he do against the big boys? Well, my friend 3, yes 3 of those sacks were against my boy: Alabama OT DJ Fluker. Nuff said. Smith becomes a pass rush specialist as he eases into the Texans Defense.

3. Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech, 6’4, 232lbs, 4.45
What separates Keshawn Martin (5’10, 190 lbs), DeVier Posey(6’1, 206lbs), LeStar Jean, (6’3 205lbs) from someone like Andre Johnson (6’3 227lbs)? One of them is natural ability. The second is the combination of size, speed, and strength. Jean lacks core strength and tends to get pushed off a lot. Martin and Posey are smaller, quicker, receivers. Enter, Marcus Davis. He is certainly not as talented as AJ, but, he has strength, size, and speed. He could immediately become a threat in the passing game. He could even develop into a #1 receiver or be a very high quality #2. After getting the pass blocking down, I see him starting at WR opposite AJ by mid season.

4. Sanders Commings, CB/S, Georgia , 6’2, 216lbs, 4.49
Huge DB with speed, and hands. He has 43 tackles and three interceptions this year. One of those INTs came in the SEC championship game against Alabama. Last year he had 55 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, 1sack, 12 passes broken up, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception. At the moment, he is not ready. He needs some good coaching to get him ready to play in the NFL. In the immediate he becomes a monster ST player. But down the line he becomes quality depth/starting material at either CB or Safety.

5. Michael Williams, TE, Alabama, 6’6, 270lbs, 4.77
What do Owen Daniels, Garret Graham, and Joel Dreesen all have in common? They are all the same type of player: primarily pass catching TEs primarily with some blocking skills. You know what the Texans have tried to do in goal line situations? Play OT Ryan Harris as a blocking TE. Know why it hasn’t worked? 1)Harris is too slow to hit the hole and 2) Harris really cant run block all that well. Remember a guy named Anthony Hill? In the 2009 draft, the Texans drafted the 6’6 277lb TE to be a blocking demon in the fifth round. In college Hill was primarily a blocking TE, but caught 19 passes for 4 tds (red zone weapon). In his senior season, Williams has 21 catches and 4 touchdowns. Like Hill, he is also primarily a blocking TE. With Williams, the Texans could play a 2 TE set with Daniels/Graham and Williams. Williams could be the super blocker allowing OD/Graham to get down the field. He would also feature in goal line blocking and even as a red zone threat. What’s not to like here?

5. Blaize Foltz, OG, TCU, 6'4, 310, 5.23
Its all about the trenches. The great teams stay great teams because they have a OL who can protect the QB or a DL who can cause havoc. Gotta get depth. Foltz has the potential to be sleeper prospect. He played well for TCU the last couple of years, but needs more good NFL coaching. Right now, he is not ready. But, if given time and good coaching I project him to be quality backup/spot starter material. Great value in the 5th round.

6. Denard Robinson, ATH, Michigan, 6’1, 193, 4.55
Some of you may be questioning his pick, but here me out. I am not drafting him to be a QB. He does not have the passing ability or accuracy to be an NFL QB. However, he is a potential playmaker with the ball in his hand. Maybe he would be a good for bubble screens…throw a short pass his way and watch him break it? Maybe he could be used in a wildcat/pistol/spread package where he takes the direct snap and either pitches it to Foster or runs it himself. Maybe he would be a dynamic kick or punt returner. Point is, he could be used in numerous ways and I think would bring a wrinkle to the offense to keep the defense on their toes. I listed Robinson as an ATH(athlete) as I am not sure what “position” he would occupy on the team.

7. Michael Ford, RB, LSU, 5'10,215, 4.58
What do we know about running backs? We can’t have enough good ones. This system needs one cut RBs and Ford would be a good one to have. He averaged 5.7 ypc on around 70 carries this past year. That may sound low, but LSU uses a multiple RB set and all three of their backs ran for over 500 yards last year(Ford had over 700 yards). What this means to us is he is fresher, doesn't have as much tread, and is itching to play. Tate may be gone after next year and Forsett may want to go get more playing time. Having a fresh RB each year is not a bad option. I say pick him in the 7th and give him a chance. All I am saying is give Ford a chance!!!

7. Quinn Sharp: K/P, Oklahoma State, 6'1, 205
I don’t hate Donnie Jones. I really don’t. Donnie Jones is a fine punter. Problem is he is an average punter. In net average he is #15 of 32 punters with a net of 41.7 yards. He is also an average punter when dropping it inside the 20. One thing he has been unable to do is change field position. In comparison, Sharp has averaged over 45 yards net in his career (45.1 this year and 46.3 last year which would be top 2). Sharp also can pin the ball inside the 20 and boom touchbacks out of bounds. I say upgrade the position and get a guy who can change field positions with his foot.


And with that, I respectfully submit this mock for your feedback!!!
As I have not watched Short, can you or Beerlover break down how many sacks/TFLs he had from Nose versus DT? It would make a bit of difference for me in comparing him to Brandon Williams who plays the NT.

Also, are you aware that Q. Smith tore his ACL and has dropped to late 6th? I really like the guy and discovered him early season while evaluating his ILB Andrew Jackson.

I mocked Marcus Davis for a bit but as I watched him, he basically gets little action. He has great stats especially avg per catch but my research indicates most commenters thinks he gets that by being ignored by defense, not his skills. I have not watched every play but he is just sort of there but not impressing. He may have elite speed for size which first attracted me but I have not seen him use it in game. Could it be his QB Logan Thomas? Maybe but I just don't see Davis taking over the game. There was never any talk about him coming out early.

Love your TE and I mock him in 5th also. You should have either another 5th or 6th. Dutchrudder had accurately (imo) projected our comps. 5th for Briesel and 5th or 6th for Dreesen.
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Have no interest in Marcus Davis. He did not step up and take the reins at WR this year after they lost their top guys last year. That's now what bothers me though. Guy is 6'4, 230 lbs and blocks like he's 5'4, 130. Have no room for a guy like that on a team where the WR's must be able to block.
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I'm hoping for coby Hamilton in the third. Lots of production in the SEC. Big WR who could easily put on 10 to 15 pounds.
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I like 1,2, 4,5, and7. Cobi Hamilton and Kiko Alonso in the 3rd along with some DE help in the 6th would help a lot.
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I like 1,2, 4,5, and7. Cobi Hamilton and Kiko Alonso in the 3rd along with some DE help in the 6th would help a lot.
I have Hamilton as a second rounder. Would you be willing to give up Aboushi for him? Alonso is a great looking ILB prospect. What do you think about moving Reed to ILB instead?
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I'm hoping for coby Hamilton in the third. Lots of production in the SEC. Big WR who could easily put on 10 to 15 pounds.
I currently project Hamilton as a second rounder. I agree, he has a lot of upside!
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Have no interest in Marcus Davis. He did not step up and take the reins at WR this year after they lost their top guys last year. That's now what bothers me though. Guy is 6'4, 230 lbs and blocks like he's 5'4, 130. Have no room for a guy like that on a team where the WR's must be able to block.
I think a lot of his problems stem from the ineptitude that was Logan Thomas. He was slightly over 50% in pass completion this year. If the QB can't get the ball to you, there is not much a WR can do. Blocking is definitely a skill that can be learned. Speed and size cannot be taught. Do you feel he would not be able or willing to learn how to block properly?
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As I have not watched Short, can you or Beerlover break down how many sacks/TFLs he had from Nose versus DT? It would make a bit of difference for me in comparing him to Brandon Williams who plays the NT.

Also, are you aware that Q. Smith tore his ACL and has dropped to late 6th? I really like the guy and discovered him early season while evaluating his ILB Andrew Jackson.

I mocked Marcus Davis for a bit but as I watched him, he basically gets little action. He has great stats especially avg per catch but my research indicates most commenters thinks he gets that by being ignored by defense, not his skills. I have not watched every play but he is just sort of there but not impressing. He may have elite speed for size which first attracted me but I have not seen him use it in game. Could it be his QB Logan Thomas? Maybe but I just don't see Davis taking over the game. There was never any talk about him coming out early.

Love your TE and I mock him in 5th also. You should have either another 5th or 6th. Dutchrudder had accurately (imo) projected our comps. 5th for Briesel and 5th or 6th for Dreesen.

Thank you!

1. Need to get back to you on the data crunching for Short.

2. I actually was not aware Smith tore an ACL. Will need to re-think this one. Thanks!

3. I think Davis has been hurt BIG time by Logan Thomas. Thomas barely hit 50% in overall accuracy this season. If the QB can't get the ball to you, there is not much a WR can do.

4. I think I have 2 3's, 2 5's, and 2 7's. You are saying the Texans may have an additional pick beyond that? Hmm.
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