2019 Texans draft

Discussion in 'College Football & the NFL Draft' started by JB, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. Shishkabob

    Shishkabob Hall of Fame

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    I think if you're serious about upgrading the Oline this offseason you have to get a vet OT in FA. It's a tall order to ask for 1 rookie tackle to come in and make an impact, let alone 2. Colleges don't coach up these guys how they use to so they take time to adjust in most cases. Smith or Brown is a must for this team IMO.

    Same goes with Corner, we need multiple corners this off season and if 2/3 of your top corners are rookies you're in for a long season. Claiborne/Melvin are decent options. Another guy I'd keep my eye on if the money is right is Jason Verett. Easily the most talented corner in FA, he can man up and be a true shut down corner when healthy. But thats the thing can he stay healthy? That's the biggest qualifier with him, which makes him a big risk/reward candidate, but if the money is right it makes it very tempting
     
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  2. Texansphan

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    Talented vets are a must if you have rookies and can still offer guidance off the field but you must have one that can stay on the field and be field generals. We have been bitten too many times by injury prone guys. Let's go after durable types - even if they are a little below the top tier guys. Save money too.
     
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  3. OptimisticTexan

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    I had a moment and wanted to check out the updates on the Draft Simulator sites. There has been quite a bit of players movement. Anyhow, the most up to date information was on Fanspeak. Fanspeak of course offers no trades unless you pay for the upgrades....I choose not to, so I did a draft with no trades.

    FANSPEAK DRAFT

    23: R1P23 Fanspeak Format, I adjusted my draft.

    RD1-23-023: Dalton Risner / RT / Kansas State

    RD2-21-053: Julian Love / CB / Notre Dame

    RD2-23-055: Isaiah Johnson / CB / Houston **Big jump...must be size and speed**

    RD3-22-086: Mitch Hyatt / LT / Clemson

    RD4- No Picks

    RD5-23-162: Corbin Kaufusi / EDGE / BYU **Check this guy out!**

    RD6-22-197: Trayveon Williams / RB / Texas A&M **I'm sold after that Bowl Game, guy has game**

    RD7-06-222: Matt Sokol / TE / Michigan State **Big blocking TE who helped make the Spartans running game go...even though he wasn't used much as a receiver, he can catch**

    This would be a solid draft that addresses several needs. I would still make a big attempt to sign the following FA's to help mold this team:

    NON-TEXANS FA

    1. LT / Donovan Smith / Tampa Bay / Penn State / Age- 26 / 2018: 1.5M / PFF: Rank- 47 Grade- 66.0: I think he could be the best fit out there since he's already familiar with OB and his offense. Could be a smooth transition.

    2. CB / Jason McCourty / New England / Rutgers / Age- 32 / 2018: 3.0M / PFF: Rank- 05 Grade- 83.1: If they could get him for the right money, he'd be a hell of an addition. JJo might be expendable with this signing.

    TEXANS To RE-SIGN

    1. SS / Kareem Jackson

    2. DT / Christian Covington

    3. K / Ka'imi Fairbairn

    4. FS / Tyrann Mathieu

    5. RT / Seantrel Henderson

    6. DE / Angelo Blackson

    7. DE / Brandon Dunn

    8. OLB / Brennan Scarlett

    9. ILB / Josh Keyes

    TAG and/or TRADE

    1. OLB / Jadeveon Clowney
     
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  4. AngryNateFTW

    AngryNateFTW All Pro

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    As an MSU fan, pass on Sokol. Stone hands and an above average blocker.

    Dropped countless TD's/1st downs. Do not want him anywhere near Watson.
     
  5. Seegara

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    I think draft positions should be preassigned on a rotational basis independent of records. I think there should be rough parity every draft, i.e. the team with the 1st pick should choose 32nd in round 2. Then there would be no incentive to tank a season for a once-in-a-lifetime QB prospect, etc.
     
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  6. JB

    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    You can kiss league parity goodbye with a snake draft and how do you establish the order if you are ignoring record?
     
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  7. OptimisticTexan

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    The Texans have 2 TE's who can be amazing receiving threats. I want Sokol strictly for blocking purposes. Texans can work on his hands but he's primarily there as a big body blocker.
     
  8. infantrycak

    infantrycak Admin & Mod Staff Member

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    If you want soneone "strictly for blocking purposes" might as well run an OT out there.

    And it is a resounding fail if the coaches can't make 280 lb Thomas into a decent blocker.
     
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  9. JB

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    Yeah, using a TE 'strictly for blocking purposes' kinda destroys the value of having a TE on the field. Defense no longer has to guess if he's going out on a route or not
     
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    To loop back to the FB discussion...

    A blocking TE is committed to one side and can be schemed against. He's also forward so can't see pressure except right in front of him. A FB can see the entire line and swing to any threat or release as a safety valve.

    But that hope is probably pissin' in the wind.
     
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  11. JB

    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    Probably, but perhaps the moon will turn blue in June and while it's snowing Gaine will sign an UDFA that turns into the next Moose
     
  12. infantrycak

    infantrycak Admin & Mod Staff Member

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    So I'll admit a bit of a Cowboys perspective here. Grew up to Roger Newhouse. Always wanted to see him stand next to Earl because the two of them had the biggest thighs in the NFL. But he was a terror, rushing for 500-930 yds while obliterating people as a blocker. And then Moose came along. He was part of a team that gave up less than 200 sacks in a decade. Both should be HoF.

    Obviously that's a high bar, but I think it is foolish to eliminate the position.
     
  13. OptimisticTexan

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    Sokol is 6-6 @ 250 lbs+ and he did make some catches but is primarily viewed as a sound blocker. Griffin is 6-6 @ 250 lbs+ and cannot block and has superb hands of stone...not to mention an uncanny ability to commit drive killing penalties....yet he was OB's primary TE all season long. Hell,Sokol would be a major upgrade if he were competing against Griffin. So drop Griffin and replace him with Sokol. At least if OB's OC wants to run a 2 TE set in the RZ, he should have 2 blocking TE's (Thomas and Sokol) to use as an option.
     
  14. JB

    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    Yeah, but it was Robert, I don't know Roger
     
  15. JB

    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    Using Griffin as a comparison is weak sauce. Besides, you stated that you wanted Sokol 'strictly for blocking purposes' and that would defeat it's own purposes... maybe as a cheap UDFA that perhaps can find a pair of hands
     
  16. infantrycak

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    Damn, was thinking Staubach era. Thx
     
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  17. Lucky

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    Before your time, but Walt Garrison was a great FB for the Cowboys in the 60's and early 70's. Dallas had quite the run on the position.
     
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    Will the Texans consider a full back at some point in free agency or the draft?

    Or is full back an obsolete position now
     
  19. infantrycak

    infantrycak Admin & Mod Staff Member

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    Yeah, he was Cowboy before my time to a way. His drawl and Lilly defined. And Landry's fedora.

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    He was JJ before born.
     
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    JB Old Curmudgeon

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    Walt Garrison (The Cowboy's cowboy) was my favorite player as a kid, followed by Charlie and Cliff. Walt was also a champion cowbouy on the rodeo circuit
     

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