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Old 04-18-2013   #1
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Hey guys,

I decided to try my luck at another mock draft this year. Like the former years, my whole draft is solely based on stuff I read on the Internet and mock drafts - since I can't really follow college football here in Germany. Still, I invested some time trying to find good, realistic picks at positions of need. Let me know what you think!

Round 1 OT Menelik Watson

Despite popular opinion I actually view RT as our biggest hole - and I like the depth at WR this draft (we won't get an AJ replacement anyways, and I believe we can get a good #2 WR in the second round). Watson has all the talent, but he is a littler rawer than I'd like. Still, he could and should anchor our right side for years to come and greatly improve our running game while also improving our passing game.

Round 2 WR Terrance Williams

Williams has good speed, good size, good hands, good route running - he just doesn't really excell in any area. That probably keeps him from becoming a true #1, but he is someone that the other teams need to respect. And he seems to be pretty NFL ready. I say we go for a true successor to AJ somewhere in the future (maybe Falcons style) and be content with a really good #2 is season.

Round 3 pick 1 OLB Corey Lemonier

We need depth at OLB and Lemonier is a natural pass rusher with a ton of upside. Should be in the rotation early and might actually push Reed inside on passing plays. Still needs to work on shedding blockers and on the running game, but I like his upside in the 3d.

Round 3 pick 2 ILB A.J. Klein

Some might view that as a reach, but he is a fast riser. When you google him what you will read most often is "better than expected" - a very smart player with very good overall production. He is a very good tackler but misses some strength. Still, with our trainers he could be a starter by the end if the year...

Round 4 TE Nick Kasa

We love multiple TE sets and Kasa coule fit in really well - he has lots of upside. The former DE is really tall and really strong, yet surprisingly fast. But he is pretty raw - he could help early as a blocker while developing better route running and awareness.

Round 5 FB Zach Line

We've seen how much a true FB can help our running game (and pass protection and receiving game actually...). Zach Line does everything he is supposed to do well and could be a starter day 1 - and who knows, he could even play some HB for us.

Round 6 pick 1 S Robert Lester

A Nick Saban DB that could be true center fielder sometime down the road. A bit of a project but he could be a ball hawk for us. If he is available I'd definetly bite.

Round 6 pick 2 DT Lawrence Okoye

Yeah, he is a circus pick with huge bust potential. But he is a great story and I love great stories, and he is a physical freak with great mental attributes. He might turn into a star as far we we know, and I would be willing to take a six rounder on him...

Round 7 DE Baker Steinkuhler

Could provide decent depth at both DT and DE. Nice production in college, hard worker and former teammate of Jared Crick.
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I like zack line but you do know we have a real FB now right. Love the draft anyway.
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Ah, Ive actually missed that... But I still would be down with that pick. Could play spot minutes at HB and who knows how long Jones will still produce. But now he`d be definetly more of a ST, with some spot plays. But as our 3d HB and occasional FB, he should still see the field plenty.
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Zach Line FB position is somewhat a misnomer.

In the spread offense that SMU run, he lines up close to the line like a FB, but he is a RB that carries the ball.

He was never a lead blocker - there's no lead blocker in the spread; in the Mustangs scheme, there's no TE to run block either.

Round 5 is a good place for him, I think.
I only watched him the previous year, and he looked like a good back before the injury.
I haven't watched him since to see whether he has bounced back all the way.
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Zach Line FB position is somewhat a misnomer.

In the spread offense that SMU run, he lines up close to the line like a FB, but he is a RB that carries the ball.

He was never a lead blocker - there's no lead blocker in the spread; in the Mustangs scheme, there's no TE to run block either.

Round 5 is a good place for him, I think.
I only watched him the previous year, and he looked like a good back before the injury.
I haven't watched him since to see whether he has bounced back all the way.
Well, I liked him by what I read because he could play both positions - so a third string/goalline running back and a blocking FB that can actually catch the ball. I didn`t know he never was a lead blocker...
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Well, I liked him by what I read because he could play both positions - so a third string/goalline running back and a blocking FB that can actually catch the ball. I didn`t know he never was a lead blocker...
I like him, too and it's a good spot to pick him.
If I'm a GM, however, I would address other position first.
The reason is that I've locate other prospects at RB that also fits the Texans scheme that would still be available according to all the mock drafts I've seen so far.
One of two of them might even become an UDFA.

I can't comment about the OT since I haven't studied him.
If he's the BPA at the position, I'm for it.
I'd like to check him out to see if I like him better than Terron Armstead though.

But I like the thinking. We could have an O-line that can grow together for at least a few years (depending on how long Myers can last.)
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Never going to happen but I love it,

I would take maclicah? Goodman in the fourth, Lucas reed in the sixth in place of Lester, and a Dennis Johnson in the fifth.
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