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Old 04-12-2012   #1
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Alright all, the draft is just about upon us. For us draftniks, it is a bittersweet couple of days. On the one hand, all the work that we have put into the draft is about to be rewarded- we get to see how accurately we graded out players, as well as (and more importantly) seeing which prospects will be joining our beloved Texans. On the other, we know that all that work is now obsolete, and it is about time to get cracking on the next wave of prospects.

This will be my final mock draft for 2012. I have thought long and hard about each one of these players, and did my best to balance team needs and what I perceived to be good value. I realize that it is impossible to please everyone, but my goal is that everyone finds this mock acceptable. As always I welcome any praise, criticism or questions.

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Round 1- Stanford TE Coby Fleener, 6’6” 247 lbs


Most of us agree that a huge need for the Texans is a number 2 option in the pass game behind Andre Johnson. However, most have turned to the WR corps- Wright, Hill and Randle are all popular picks on this board. However, each of these prospects have serious flaws- Wright is a bit small, Hill is raw and has questionable hands, and Randle is unimpressive on tape, as well as lacking explosion. All of them would be risky in the first.

Enter Fleener. While maybe not a traditional TE in the sense of being a powerful run blocker on the line (although, I will say that this perceived flaw is overblown- he is not a mauler, but he gets the job done), Fleener will create mismatches in the pass game as a TE/WR hybrid. Timed in the 4.4’s, he has WR speed. And at 6’6” 247 lbs (with the frame to add more) he has TE size. Add in a 37” vertical, and DC’s have to wonder- how do you cover this guy? He will blow by any linebacker, and outmuscle any defensive back. He finished the 2011-2012 season with 34 grabs for 667 yards (an incredible 19 yard average) and 10 TDs.

Round 2- Cal ILB Mychal Kendricks, 5’11” 240 lbs



The loss of DeMeco Ryans has left a hole in the Texans’ linebacker group. While some may feel confident with Sharpton, I am not one of them. Kendricks may be short, but I would not call him undersized, since he is a solidly put together 240 lbs. Experienced at playing both OLB and ILB in the 3-4, Kendricks is a proven play maker, both behind the line of scrimmage and in coverage. He can cover even the quickest of TEs with 4.5 speed, and can really lay the wood against a runningback. He is an excellent blitzer up the middle, which can add a new wrinkle to the Texans’ defense. Now, there is some concern about Kendricks’ intelligence and ability to play inside in the NFL. I think that, while he may not be the most intelligent player, he gets the job done. Cushing will be the captain of the defense, Kendricks will be allowed to just play football. For the season, Kendricks compiled 107 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 3 sacks and 2 picks while battling an assortment of injuries.

Round 3- Michigan NT Mike Martin, 6’1” 306 lbs


As an OSU student (graduating in the spring!), I have had the opportunity to watch Martin very frequently- and have never been disappointed from a talent evaluation standpoint. While NT is not a need, it is a position that could stand to be upgraded, and Martin would provide that upgrade.

Martin fits the Texans’ 3-4 D like a glove. A blue collar/effort type player, Martin also boasts impressive weight room numbers. His background in wrestling allows him to apply his superior strength to his great advantage, and allows him to both anchor against the run against larger opponents, or split double teams and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. For the year, Martin collected 64 tackles, 6 behind the line of scrimmage, and 3.5 sacks.

Round 4- Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, 5’10” 192 lbs


And here is where we get our Jacoby replacement at KR/PR. Broyles is a first/second round talent that drops due to a horrific injury, and I would be ecstatic to see him on the Texans. While he lacks great speed and size, he earns his keep by having incredible body control, hands, and a “feel” for how to get open. For his career, Broyles caught 349 balls for 4,586 yards and 45 TDs, as well as 108 punt returns for 1194 yards and another 2 TDs.

Round 4- Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry, 6’ 208 lbs

The Texans have had some good luck taking players out of Wisconsin, and I think that taking Henry here will continue that trend. While FS is not a huge need, it never hurts to grab depth/players to groom for the future in case of injuries. And in the pass happy NFL, having a plethora of DBs is a must. Henry is a FS prospect that exhibits great athleticism and a nose for finding the football and making big plays. For the season, Henry boasts of 67 tackles, 3 behind the line of scrimmage, a sack and 4 picks.

Round 5- Virginia Tech OG Jaymes Brooks, 6’2” 310 lbs

Brooks is another guy who, in my opinion, fits the Texans perfectly. He is a mobile guard that plays from snap to the whistle, and gives his all for the team. I think he has starter potential at RG as soon as 2013, and should contribute on special teams as early as next year.

Round 6- Oklahoma State RT Levy Adcock, 6’6” 320 lbs

While this is later in the draft than I originally planned on grabbing a future replacement for Winston, I am still very comfortable with selecting Adcock here this late. Adcock is a big, experienced tackle that has underrated athleticism, which should allow him to not only play in the Texans’ scheme, but to excel. I think he could give Butler a run for his money in training camp, but will ultimately be the back up for a year before assuming starting duties in 2013.

Round 7- North Carolina OLB Donte Paige-Moss, 6’3” 268 lbs


I am swinging for the fences here boys. It is hard to believe that Paige-Moss’ stock has fallen this far, to where it is quite likely he falls out of the draft altogether, considering he was a consensus 1st round pick at the beginning of the year. What happened? Well, Paige-Moss became lazy, and did not flash the incredible athleticism and effort that he displayed his sophomore season. As such, he lost his starting job, and then tore his ACL in his bowl game against Missouri on December 26th. However, when healthy and committed to the game, Paige-Moss was one of the best pass rushers in college ball. And this late in the draft is where you take your “boom or bust” prospects. I actually think his injury could be considered a blessing, as the Texans can IR him straight away, and can take the time to mold him into an OLB. I think that DPM would eventually (2013-2014 season) play around 260 lbs, and be primarily a 3rd down/passing down type player, whose only responsibility is to pin his ears back and go get the QB.


UDFA Target- Michigan State FB Todd Anderson, 6’1” 267 lbs


Anderson is the big, punishing FB that the Texans lacked last year after Leach left in free agency. While he is not an athletic freak, he is a good enough athlete to get the job done, largely due to his attitude. He WANTS to hit people. He WANTS to blow people up. And that kind of attitude is exactly what you need. As a bonus, Anderson is extremely new to the position, having played the position for only one year, after moving from DE. If he can get his technique down, I see no reason why Anderson could not become the best blocking FB in the league. Now, he was not used much as a runner or in the pass game, totaling only 1 rush for 1 yard gained, and 6 receptions for 40 yards and a TD. He is definitely a work in progress in this area.

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Great Work as Always. Would have no complaints with this haul
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Would have no complaints though there are a few guys I'd rather have in the later rounds. But I'd be happy with that haul.
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I'm OK with this mock. I would prefer a big WR somewhere in there, but you work with what falls to you. I really like the format of the mock, I wish everyone did theirs like this.
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I'm one of those others that think Fleener would make a great selection in the first. I have doubts about all the WRs you have mentioned but, looking at NE having Gronk and Hernandez....kinda makes you think this wouldn't be a bad route to go.

Overall, I'd be happy with the draft. I'd really love to see Broyles picked. I like his game a lot, even if he's not the burner #1 we'd like to pick.
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Because of a work schedule the past 4 months that's been absolutely insane, I haven't been able to pay any attention to the draft this year. I have no idea who anyone is and it's killing me.

BUT...

The past few days I've started looking around.

Although I was leaning toward going WR-OG-ILB in some order in the first three rounds, the past few days I've really been starting to lean toward Fleener as our 1st round pick. It makes me feel better to see that some of you more knowledgeable guys are leaning the same way.

I like this draft. I'd prefer a guard in the spot where you went NT but I'm fine with that pick, too. I like the WR and although I'd prefer a big, fast, outside freak guy, I have a feeling we'll be going more of a smaller, slot, hands guy instead.

Good mock.
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Round 1- Stanford TE Coby Fleener, 66 247 lbs
I can get behind this pick. It does lean toward need but could also be argued BPA. Fills a hole and schematically, could make for some interesting looks. One of the few picks in round 1 that I can't poke a hole in immediately.

Round 2- Cal ILB Mychal Kendricks, 511 240 lbs


Like the player but disagree on value, on my last effort I tried to convince myself to take him here but felt it was at least a round too early. This is a player who if he works out is on the field 50% of the time at the most. There are other more pressing needs and definitely better players available. Plus it kind of irks me that you got ILB depth 2nd but waited until the 7th to get your pass rusher.

Round 3- Michigan NT Mike Martin, 61 306 lbs

Still?


Round 4- Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, 510 192 lbs

You've had these two guys pegged for months!

Round 4- Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry, 6 208 lbs

Decent player but this is absolutely as long as I would wait to get a DB, the talent really falls off midway through the draft for these positions.

Round 5- Virginia Tech OG Jaymes Brooks, 62 310 lbs

Pretty solid choice.

Round 6- Oklahoma State RT Levy Adcock, 66 320 lbs

Hope the big fella is still available this late!

Round 7- North Carolina OLB Donte Paige-Moss, 63 268 lbs

The only thing I would say is even if he were available, would you want the guy who has slipped so far? It's only a 7th, no biggie but the guy obviously has issues.

Love the FB. UDFA has some interesting candidates, Derek Moye is one big tall WR. Emil Igwenagu as an Hback could be late round/UDFA gold.

Not bad RM.
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Round 1- Stanford TE Coby Fleener, 66 247 lbs
I can get behind this pick. It does lean toward need but could also be argued BPA. Fills a hole and schematically, could make for some interesting looks. One of the few picks in round 1 that I can't poke a hole in immediately.

Round 2- Cal ILB Mychal Kendricks, 511 240 lbs


Like the player but disagree on value, on my last effort I tried to convince myself to take him here but felt it was at least a round too early. This is a player who if he works out is on the field 50% of the time at the most. There are other more pressing needs and definitely better players available. Plus it kind of irks me that you got ILB depth 2nd but waited until the 7th to get your pass rusher.

Round 3- Michigan NT Mike Martin, 61 306 lbs

Still?


Round 4- Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles, 510 192 lbs

You've had these two guys pegged for months!

Round 4- Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry, 6 208 lbs

Decent player but this is absolutely as long as I would wait to get a DB, the talent really falls off midway through the draft for these positions.

Round 5- Virginia Tech OG Jaymes Brooks, 62 310 lbs

Pretty solid choice.

Round 6- Oklahoma State RT Levy Adcock, 66 320 lbs

Hope the big fella is still available this late!

Round 7- North Carolina OLB Donte Paige-Moss, 63 268 lbs

The only thing I would say is even if he were available, would you want the guy who has slipped so far? It's only a 7th, no biggie but the guy obviously has issues.

Love the FB. UDFA has some interesting candidates, Derek Moye is one big tall WR. Emil Igwenagu as an Hback could be late round/UDFA gold.

Not bad RM.
Fleener- I really am starting to see this as the best possible option, kind of like what happened with Watt. Hopefully he works out just as well.

Kendricks- I think late second is a great place for him. I really like the way he attacks the ball, and is violent in his tackles. Why do you have him as a third rounder? I am concerned about the reported lack of intelligence, but that is about it. I am interested to know your thoughts.

Martin and Broyles- I think they are great fits for the Texans. I could have put other players in to get variety, but I think Martin and Broyles are the best option at that point.

Henry- I think that the 4th is a good round to go DB. We have a lot of young DBs that need to see game time if they are to prove their worth, so I am not rushing to pick a guy earlier. Hell, we traded up to get Brandon Harris and did he even see the field last year?

Adcock- I have a hard time judging where OL guys will go. Actually, I have a hard time grading OL in general. But looking around, the 6th round seems pretty fair.

DPM- I feel comfortable leaving pass rusher this late largely due to the fact that Kendricks has played outside in a 3-4 before, and can move to that position if need be. Between Barwin, Reed, Braman and Kendricks, plus whatever other guys we have/pick up in FA, we are in a good spot. As for him dropping- hell yeah I am comfortable with it. Its a 7th rounder, and it wont be a publicity stunt like Cheta was last year. DPM has his baggage, but he can play ball when his head is on straight. Hopefully being out of football for a while due to the injury, as well as seeing how pros like Cushing, Barwin, and Watt go about their business, will light a fire under this young man.
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Kendricks- I think late second is a great place for him. I really like the way he attacks the ball, and is violent in his tackles. Why do you have him as a third rounder? I am concerned about the reported lack of intelligence, but that is about it. I am interested to know your thoughts.
My bad, I meant the Texans shouldn't go more than a 3rd round on ILB, not that Kendricks isn't worth a 2nd. What do you think now they've signed Bradie James and Tim Dobbins? I like Kendricks, just don't think the Texans will be seeking one out before the 3rd...and now with these two vets signed up, maybe not at all.
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My bad, I meant the Texans shouldn't go more than a 3rd round on ILB, not that Kendricks isn't worth a 2nd. What do you think now they've signed Bradie James and Tim Dobbins? I like Kendricks, just don't think the Texans will be seeking one out before the 3rd...and now with these two vets signed up, maybe not at all.
Agreed. Expect to see Sharpton starting this fall.
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My bad, I meant the Texans shouldn't go more than a 3rd round on ILB, not that Kendricks isn't worth a 2nd. What do you think now they've signed Bradie James and Tim Dobbins? I like Kendricks, just don't think the Texans will be seeking one out before the 3rd...and now with these two vets signed up, maybe not at all.
Well, I had done this whole mock up before James and Dobbins where in the fold... now ILB is not so pressing a need. I have to agree with you now; I have a hard time seeing an ILB taken this early.

I may go ahead and make another mock before the draft, since this impacts my mock quite a bit.
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Same with my final mock; with the new signees I'd change my first to Fleener as BL , 65 and I have discussed. I would draft Burfict 5th.
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Well, I had done this whole mock up before James and Dobbins where in the fold... now ILB is not so pressing a need. I have to agree with you now; I have a hard time seeing an ILB taken this early.

I may go ahead and make another mock before the draft, since this impacts my mock quite a bit.
Yup, fluid process and all. Better hurry before they sign up some veteran TEs and completely ruin your mock lol....
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Thank you for working a Michigan boy into your mock!

I think you did a great job hitting our needs. But I would prefer, and assume that our first pick not be a TE. Kubiak's history just does not support that at all.

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Thank you for working a Michigan boy into your mock!

I think you did a great job hitting our needs. But I would prefer, and assume that our first pick not be a TE. Kubiak's history just does not support that at all.
That's true. But then, neither did drafting linemen or running backs early. But he's done that, too.

Don't count Fleener out, yet.
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I think you did a great job hitting our needs. But I would prefer, and assume that our first pick not be a TE. Kubiak's history just does not support that at all.
May not have ever been a TE like Fleener. 4.45 40 at that size with good routes and good hands? Use him as a Wr or TE; flanker or slot and a great weapon in the Red Zone. #26? You betcha.
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May not have ever been a TE like Fleener. 4.45 40 at that size with good routes and good hands? Use him as a Wr or TE; flanker or slot and a great weapon in the Red Zone. #26? You betcha.
Fleener's blocking leaves a ton to be desired, just doesn't look like a natural blocker. WCO, non-blocking TE's are like black unicorns... They don't exist.
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I'm really warming up to the idea of Fleener in the first. He would be a match-up nightmare for most teams.
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Fleener's blocking leaves a ton to be desired, just doesn't look like a natural blocker. WCO, non-blocking TE's are like black unicorns... They don't exist.
Dont view him as a traditional TE... Fleener is a matchup nightmare as a TE/WR hybrid.

Plus, like I said, his blocking is being underrated. He will never dominate people on the line, but he gets the job done.
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Dont view him as a traditional TE... Fleener is a matchup nightmare as a TE/WR hybrid.

Plus, like I said, his blocking is being underrated. He will never dominate people on the line, but he gets the job done.
I almost think Fleener could line up as a WR. To me hes a bigger version Eddie McCaffery, and he runs just as well.
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