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Old 04-22-2012   #1
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Well, I guess I might as well get this on record. Maybe this will be the year that I guess right. Yeah, right.

My mock is based on the following beliefs by me.

1) WR is our #1 need. AJ isn't getting any younger & the rest of our receivers are backups, at best.
2) Oline is our 2nd biggest need. Meyers is going to be here a while, so we don't need a starting center just yet. But, we do need to start grooming someone for the future & the right side of the line needs immediate help.
3) Defensive depth is priority #3. We've got to find a replacement for Mario that'll fit in the OLB rotation with Barwin/Brooks & start grooming Cody's eventual replacement.
4) Unless you can draft a bonafide starter upgrade, we don't need any more secondary help at this time.

With the obvious said, here's my mock.

1) Stephen Hill (WR) Georgia Tech

Soft hands, good size, good speed & is a very good blocker. He's the prototypical WR the Texans have always gone for. What's there not to like about this kid?

2) Bruce Irvin (OLB) West Virgina

Extremely quick off the edge, great instincts, tough & doesn't give up. He's a good tackler with great change of direction skills. He doesn't have a lot of experience & is still learning the position, but is coming on fast. He needs to work on his coverage skills as well. He has some character issues in his past, but appears to be putting those behind him. The only reason I believe he'll be selected here is because of Wade. I don't believe Wade is opposed to taking a former bad apple, if he feels he can do something with him.

3a) Zebrie Sanders (OT/G) Florida State

Can play RT, LT & RG positions. Has an extremely quick first step & is rarely beaten off the snap. He has very good footwork, technique & lateral mobility. He's an outstanding blocker in the running game & blocking on the move downfield. He can handle all pass rushing moves very effectively. He's also very smart & has no injury history as well as being a high character guy. I see him playing RG until the team is ready to move him to RT.

3b) Greg Childs (WR) Arkansas

This is where I believe the Texans will have to move back into the 3rd round to have a chance at Greg Childs. So, I'm assuming the Texans are able to find a willing trade partner with Denver & send the 4th (#99) & next year's 3rd in exchange for Denver's 3rd (#87).

Childs has finally recovered from a 2010 knee injury & looks like he's ready to return to his old form. He's got great size, speed, strength & soft hands. He's tough to bring down, runs great routes & is a very good blocker. He's very competitive, physical & able to plant & explode out of his breaks to gain seperation. This kid could be the steal of the draft &, along with Hill & AJ, could give the Texans the most lethal receiving corp. the NFL has ever seen.

4) David Molk (C) Michigan

High football IQ, good work ethic, high character & is a team first player. Plays with intensity, keeps his head on a swivel, plays through the whistle & is physical at the point of attack. Is undersized by most team's standards, but is an ideal fit for the ZBS. He has had some foot injuries which will need to be evaluated first. Meyers will be here for a while, so Molk can learn the system while waiting his turn.

5) Audie Cole (ILB) North Carolina State

Good instincts & anticipation. He's very quick with good coverage skills & plays very good run defense. He's still a work in progress, but should be ready to challenge for a starting role with a year of experience.

6) Rhett Ellison (TE/FB/WR) USC

He's the kind of TE the Texans love to draft. He can play 3 positions like James Casey, but has been compared to Joel Dreessen by some. He's highly competitive, tough, strong at the point of attack & plays through the whistle. He's a good blocker & special teams player. He needs to add more strength & concentrate on focus, as he sometimes tries to run before he secures the ball.

7) Matt Conrath (DT/DE) Virginia

Quick off the snap, very athletic, knocks down a lot of passes & blocks field goals on special teams. Is a work in progress & needs to get stronger. Can play DE for now & some DT in the Texan's system as he gets stronger.


Well, that's it for this year. I'm really looking forward to this year's draft, because the players they take now should set us up for several Super Bowl runs in the future. Or, at least that's how I see it.
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I'm down with your reasoning and logic. Really like the Ellison pick (hope he's available in the 6th). What I don't get is trading up for Childs. He seems redundant to Hill, in that he's a long striding vertical threat. Except he's doesn't have Hill's speed and Childs was still recovering from a knee injury last season. At least that's what it seems like from his play. Maybe if he had some return ability (so the Texans could kick Jacoby to the curb). But Childs isn't a returner and would just battle Hill for playing time. Child's teammate at Arkansas, Joe Adams, would be more of a complimentary player and a better selection in this draft.
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I'm down with your reasoning and logic. Really like the Ellison pick (hope he's available in the 6th). What I don't get is trading up for Childs. He seems redundant to Hill, in that he's a long striding vertical threat. Except he's doesn't have Hill's speed and Childs was still recovering from a knee injury last season. At least that's what it seems like from his play. Maybe if he had some return ability (so the Texans could kick Jacoby to the curb). But Childs isn't a returner and would just battle Hill for playing time. Child's teammate at Arkansas, Joe Adams, would be more of a complimentary player and a better selection in this draft.
Thanks for the feedback.

Childs is looking like he's recovered from his injury. He ran a 4.41 40 at his pro day. The other thing is he's not afraid to go over the middle & while he might not have sprinters speed he does have the uncanny ability to change gears, fake the defender & take off with a burst. At the moment, he seems more suited for the slot position. Although, I can't shake this feeling of him reminding me of AJ without the great speed. He also had a 40.6" vertical at his pro day. The other thing is, if AJ goes down again, we still have the potential of two great starters on the field.
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1) WR is our #1 need. AJ isn't getting any younger & the rest of our receivers are backups, at best.

I almost quit reading after this. IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO OUR BIGGEST NEED!!!!!! Now that I got that off my chest, I love it. Not a single guy on this mock that I don't have on my board. We can only hope for such an awesome outcome.
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I almost quit reading after this. IT IS NOT EVEN CLOSE TO OUR BIGGEST NEED!!!!!! Now that I got that off my chest, I love it. Not a single guy on this mock that I don't have on my board. We can only hope for such an awesome outcome.
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Texans have two picks in the 4th rd. not the 3rd. (#99) & (#121).
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Texans have two picks in the 4th rd. not the 3rd. (#99) & (#121).
Hottoddie the GM trades up using a 2013 3rd.
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I see that now, guess with Manning they're expecting to be better than the Texans otherwise why would they make that deal?
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I see that now, guess with Manning they're expecting to be better than the Texans otherwise why would they make that deal?

I don't know that they would. That's why I said "I'm assuming...". However, if they were to make that trade, what do you think of the mock overall?

I was actually expecting to get ripped a new one over the Bruce Irvin selection because of his troubled youth. So far, I've heard nothing.
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I don't know that they would. That's why I said "I'm assuming...". However, if they were to make that trade, what do you think of the mock overall?

I was actually expecting to get ripped a new one over the Bruce Irvin selection because of his troubled youth. So far, I've heard nothing.
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I was actually expecting to get ripped a new one over the Bruce Irvin selection because of his troubled youth. So far, I've heard nothing.
OK, he did run into some trouble this offseason at a sandwich shop. I don't know what that was about. But, what I see from Irvin is a story of redemption. He really turned to football to save his life. Football has a real purpose. The guy is raw as a player, but consider how far he's come (only began played DE 3-1/2 years ago). Irvin has Jevon Kearse type edge speed. That can't be taught. You have to believe a coach like Wade Phillips would love to develop a talent like that.
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