This will be my last march mock. I hope to put out 3 April ones before the draft. 1. Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri We need a OLB and I think Smith is the least risky of the prosepcts. Quinn may have more upside, but he is also has a higher bust potential. Smith is a high motor pass rusher who can play the run. He is a solid tackler and can play the pass. I think he starts from day 1. 2. Stephen Paea, NT, Oregon State His knee injury drops him into the second round and I think we have to take him. He is strong enough to take on two blockers and can shoot gaps. He would be the kind of NT Wade Phillips would want. He would enter into a rotation for the NT spot and have a chance to play DT on 4-3 like alignments. 3. Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech A high motor CB with good speed. He has good hands, fluid hips, and can play man or zone. Downside is his tackling is not the greatest, but he is a smart hard worker, so he can work and learn to get better. A solid depth CB. 4. Robert Sands, S, West Virginia A Safety who can play either F or S for the team. A HIGH motor guy who will not give up on plays. Those are the kind of guys I like to draft. Combine him with Quin and Nolan and you have the makings of a very decent group of safeties. Given the lack of talent on the Texans in terms of safety, I think he could potentially start. Considering Quin (who has not played Safety) Nolan(who started a few games), and Baker (an undrafted Rook out of LA Tech) are the only safteys on the team, Sands could factor into the starting lineup! 5. Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma His stock has absolutely plummeted since the combine. Looked very slow at the combine. But here is the thing, he is a football student. He spends a lot of time in the video room watching tape. Furthermore, he looked good at Oklahoma and collected 28 sacks in three years. He is a high motor guy, can drop back in coverage, and has actually played somewhat in Oklahomas 3-4 lineup at times. I will take a flier on his in the fifth round. I would have him sit down and learn how to be a an effective passrusher. I think he has the making s of a very good passrusher. Remember, its not how fast you are in a tshirt and shorts, its how fast you are in pads rushing the QB. 6. Derek Epperson, P, Baylor The new NFL rules pretty much put value on punters who can kick high booming punts. That is what Epp can do. He is also roughly Turks size, so maybe in preseason, Kubes can get cute and call for a fake punt run for Epp on 4th and 20 like he did for Turk! 7. Alex Linnenkohl, C/OG, Oregon State Intelligent high motor versatile interior lineman. He is also a hard worker, so he will spend time in the film room and work on his craft. Depth is a important and at his size he can backup both Center and either Guard spot. Versatility is a key and a player who can contribute in numerous ways helps out. Mr. Irrelevant: Clay Nurse, DE, Illinois. With Mario, Smith, and Okoye lining up at the DE spot(I have a feeling Spears with sign with Htown in the off season too), this is s good spot to find a developmental project. Clay Nurse is a good pass rusher. He has an explosive first step, has good closing speed, good instincts, and athletic. Plus he is a high motor and hard worker. The downside, he has about 2 moves and needs a lot of work. This is the kind of guy you can stash on your practice squad for a year or so and let him develop. I also have decided to identify interesting UDFA I would sign. UDFA signings 1. T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina. Good size, can make throws and has the potential to be a very solid backup. 2. Brandon Saine, RB, Ohio State. Good size, good speed, great blocker, and good receiver. I will take a chance on him here. 3. Frank Kearse, NT, Alabama A&M. Good size and could be a great developmental NT project for Wade. 4. David Mims, OT, Virginia Union, a giant (68) OT prospect. Has good lateral movement, good balance, and great flexibility. He is also a bigger guy at 330lbs, so we get the best of both worlds. A big OT with ZBS ability. He needs to work on some areas, but he has the potential to be a very solid RT. 5. Davonte Shannon, S Buffalo. We need some bodies at safety so I will bring him in. 6. Josh Gatlin, CB, North Dakota State. More CB help. 7. Alex Wujciak, ILB, Maryland, ILB depth and a decent one at that. An All ACC First teamer is a big coup here. 8. Kris Durham Georgia, WR. Good hands, decent speed and size. Give me good hands and less speed over great speed and subpar hands any day. 9. Zach Pianalto, TE, North Carolina. You know it will happen. Kubes loves TEs and here is one we could actually use. A blocking machine who can be used on two TE sets. He would be perfect for short yardage runs and goal line plays. He would be a great compliment to our pass catching TEs. He would replace Anthony Hill who has not been able to stay healthy. 10. Jonathan Freeney, OLB, Rutgers. good motor relentless, pass rusher. Cant really do anything else. He screams practice squad guy. Plus, hes the second cousin of Dwight Freeney and apparently Dwight taught him the mental part of the game. Maybe if we sign him, Dwight would teach him his moves too!