Texans Only Mock Draft I think Ive done a mock draft like this since 2003. Ill use this draft ranking list from Pro Football Weekly to gauge which players might be available. Why? Because it has nearly 7 rounds of ranked players, and its on a free site everyone can view. It will be a blind draft, meaning Im not going to peek down the list to see if I can get a player at a later round. I wont predict any trades, so Ill select the Texans picks where they are. Ill also pick out 4 or 5 undrafted free agents I think might be good signs. My philosophy regarding the draft will be to find players to support the Texans star players. Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, and Dunta Robinson are the players who must make plays for this team to win. Ill try to find players that will enable them to succeed. A #2 WR to relax the pressure off of Andre. A left tackle to protect Schaubs blindside. A big 2 gap defensive tackle who will take up blockers and free Williams and Ryans to make plays. And a physical corner that can take on the bigger wideouts and allow Dunta to play the slot. But, if there is a player too good to pass on, even if he doesnt meet my criteria, Ill take him. First caveat, Ill only take players Ive seen in regular season, bowl, or all star games. Thats a drawback. Second, I wont take players with character issues. That Im aware of. If you dont like my picks, dont worry. I havent gotten a single one right in 4 years. 1st Round Pick #10 Levi Brown OT Penn State (#2 OT selected) Top player left on my Texans only board, and he fits my criteria. A no brainer pick. Matt Schaub can sleep easier. 3rd Round Pick #73 Eric Weddle FS Utah (#5 FS selected) Weddle has actually played some corner for the Utes (and played well against Calvin Johnson). Has good size and speed, and could be a week 1 starter. Wasnt going FS this soon, but was too high on my board to pass on. Just missed on Jason Hill! 4th Round Pick #107 Tim Shaw OLB Penn State (#9 OLB selected) Another Nittany Lion. Not a priority position, but too good to reach over for another spot. Can play either OLB spots, and also saw time at MLB and DE for Penn State. The top prospects on my board were QBs, but I cant take a QB. 5th Round Pick #144 - Travarous Bain CB Hampton (#17 CB selected) Former Miami Hurricane sprint star who transferred to Hampton. Among the many prospects from Hampton in this draft, Bain really came on as a senior. Looked very good in the East-West Shrine game here in Houston. More of a long term prospect than an immediate contributor. 6th Round Pick #183 Brandon Myles WR West Virginia (#23 WR selected) Angular receiver (61 183 lbs) who looked great in the Senior Bowl practices. As a senior, scored 8 TDs on only 36 receptions for the run-oriented West Virginia offense. Myles has the speed to become the vertical threat the Texans lack. 7th Round Pick # 218 Nick Folk P Arizona (#3 Punter selected) 2nd in the nation in punting as a senior (44.0 yards), Folk also is a kickoff specialist averaging 64 yards per kickoff. Folk was also the Wildcats place kicker, hitting on 75% last season. Priority Undrafted Free Agents: Walter Thomas DT - NW Mississippi CC OK, Ive only seen photos of this guy. But at 63 370 lbs, hes worth bring into camp for a look see. Former Galveston Ball standout should be acclimated to the hot and humid training camps we have in southeast Texas. Nate Ilaoa FB Hawaii Actually started his career as a WR for the Rainbow. Not a true fullback, but more of a 3rd down RB in a single back offense. At 59 245 lbs, Ilaoa looks like a bowling ball rolling into the secondary. And few DBs care to be the pins. Gabe Hall OL Texas Tech Signed as a TE out of high school, Hall has played on the Red Raiders offensive line the past 3 years. Needs to add strength to go with his surprising agility. Real potential in a ZBS. Vincent Marshall WR/RS Houston At 57, Marshall may never be more than a return specialist in the NFL. Track star who scored 29 TDs in his career as a Cougar. Reminiscent of former Texans returner J.J. Moses, but with breakaway speed. Summary: Not having a 2nd round pick hurt in trying to find a week one starter at CB or WR. It was difficult to find value at DT, as teams continue to reach at that position. Still, getting solid prospects like Weddle and Shaw was nice. They could be immediate starters in the league. Bain and Myles have a ton of potential. And Levi Brown could put to bed of one the major issues this franchise has had since its existence. Overall, Im pretty happy with it.