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Doppelganger's Kneejerk Mock-2
So in this mock universe, Doppelganger is the new GM of the Texans. Here are the moves I would make. This is not what the Texan could or would do, its what I would do.
First thing I would do is explain to Bob, that the current Texans window is not necessarily shut. The team, as currently constructed simply cannot win a Superbowl. However, a few tweaks can be made in order for the team to compete next year and be a contender in 2 years.
I previously predicted a 6-10 record. However, I had the Texans beating the Rams. As such I am revising down to 5-11. In my universe, Keenam plays well and becomes the starter(remember, this is a knee jerk!) but dumb mistakes occur and the team shoots itself in the foot.
1. Gary Kubiak.
He seems like a nice guy but the playcalling has continued to stink like visitors after 3 days. The whole concept of the safe conservative playcalling simply isn't sustainable in the current NFL. He has had a lot of time to get it done and he didn't. Time to go in a different direction.
1. Kevin Sumlin.
He knows how to use Case and can bring a new fire to the team. He is an offensive guy who would work well with Wade's Defensive approach. Sumlin could devise an offense similar to what he did for Case at UH. A nice spread offense with running to keep defenses honest.
1. Matt Schaub. He is 32 years old. In this universe, Keenum has replaced him. He is too expensive to be a backup and the Texans have an out to cut him.
2. Wade Smtih. He has easily been the worst OL on the team thus far. He may be injured, but Brandon Brooks and Ben Jones have seemingly outplayed him at OG. His replacement: Quiz is already on the team and will be ready to go next year.
3. Owen Daniels. He is a great player, but the injuries are becoming concerning. It may be time to get rid of him and spend that money elsewhere. The team could be just fine with Graham and Griffin(now that he is getting some reps.)
1. JJ Watt: Kind of a nobrainer. He is the best DL in the game. Gots to pay the man the money.
2. Kareem Jackson: Perhaps a controversial decision, but the going FA rate of CBs has gone down. May be able to get him at a reasonable deal. A young solid CB like
1. Antonio Smith. Sign him to a 2-3 year deal as he still makes plays and is a difference maker. Our other DEs like Crick aren't quite ready to step up as starters just yet.
With money saved, I would go out and sign a top level ILB and FS.
Ok, if you got through all of that, here is what I would do wit the draft picks. In this universe the Texans end up with a 5-11/6-10 record (picks 6-10 last yer) and are selecting #7.
1. Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, 6'5, 305lbs
Considering the OL has been struggling, the best move to protect Case is to get the best possible OL prospect at this position int he draft. I think its possible that Lewan goes ahead of Matthews simply because of size, kinda like the way Fisher got ahead of Joeckl last time. I would initially stick him on the RT slot and keep Brown at the LT. Considering teams have passrushers coming from all angles, it is almost necessary to have 2 LTs to protect the QB. Matthews makes a ton of sense and it would be great to have another Matthews protecting the Htown QB. I am sure I don't have to outline his bloodlines, but if I must: Father(Bruce), Uncle (Clay Jr.), cousin (Clay III), cousin (Casey). Nuff said. He starts Day 1.
2. Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami, 6'0, 240lbs
We all saw what has happened to Cush. Sadly it is his second injury to the same knee. I hope he can come back. But, even if he does, Cush needs a strong compliment. Perryman is that guy. He can play tough against the run but is also a beast as a pass defender in the zone. Considering teams are running more atheltic TEs, teams need ILBs who can turn and run. Perryman is a 3 down ILB who could also start from Day 1.
3.Gabe Ikard, C/G, Oklahoma, 6'3, 303lbs.
I still have questions about the OG spots. If I am getting rid of Wade, I want someone who can push for a starting spot from Day 1. Enter Gabe Ikard. He can play at G or Center and is very strong. To see what he was able to do check out footage of what he did against the much bigger and stronger Notre Dame NT Louis Nix. The Texans could use a guy like him at OG and eventually Center. These first three selections will either start out of the gate or push for a starting spot right away.
4. Alvin Dupree, OLB, Kentucky, 6'4, 252lbs
The Texans need more passrushers and Dupree could be that guy. A good athelete that has been disruptive around the LOS. Can get after the QB and get runners behind the LOS.
5. Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State, 6'5, 214lbs
A nice developmental QB for the Sumlin to mentor. Has a good arm , but needs to work on fundamentals. Good size, but needs to work on decision making. Can put on some weight and can scramble, but needs to work on foot work.
6. Jerry Gates, Bowling Green University, FS, 5’11, 190lbs
Last year the Texans drafted Swearinger to replace Manning. I take Gates to replace Reed. Gates is a true ball hawking FS. He is also a very good KR and could help on the special teams. Give him a year with Reed and let him start the year after. Starts out as a ST.
7. Devan Drane, CB, Cincinnati, 5'11, 186lbs
A good developmental CB who could into something special. He has good hands and can play the pass pretty well. Great bloodlines as his dad played for the Bills for 8 years.
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