This is not an “Ole Miss Texan” cures all, fix all type of mock. I strongly believe we’re more than 1 offseason away from filling all the holes on our team. I also generally like to plan for the long term success of the team instead of immediate impact. This is a combination of the two. I tried to be somewhat realistic in the draft picks and explanations as well as putting my Rick Smith/Gary Kubiak ‘thinking’ cap on and going for BPA too. *Major free agency acquisition is a starting Cornerback. I don’t want us to pay top dollar for a CB like Samuel at all, but do want a solid CB that will start day 1 for us. I’m penciling in Marcus Trufant as the FA CB we sign because of Ray Rhodes ties to Seattle. I like a lot of the 1st/2nd round talent cb’s in the draft but believe a FA CB would really open up the draft for us to take BPA or Trade Down. Draft day trade: Two scenarios both involving Atlanta trading to #18 giving us both their 2nd round picks (4ish and 18ish): (1) ATL takes McFadden, trades up to get Brohm/Woodson or (2) ATL take Matt Ryan, trades up to get Jonathan Stewart/Mendenhall. Not sure our exact position for later rounds so will put 18 for each. Texans Draft: 2nd Round (4th pick): Anthony Collins, LT- Kansas I think Collins could be a great LT for the Texans for years to come. We don’t have a lot of talent on the OL for Gibbs to ONLY draft late round o-lineman. He’s a guy that can sit behind Salaam at the start of the season and come in by mid season with that much more training from Gibbs. At 6-6, 318lbs he will keep Schaub upright, healthy and open up lanes for our RB’s for 10+ years. 2nd Round (18th pick): Martellus Bennett, TE- Texas ATM Kubiak sees Bennett available and decides to go BPA in this case. TE is def. not a big area of need but Kubes sees the potential of having two great TE’s on this team. Daniels is a huge asset on this team and Gary wants makes this position a strength on the team. Bennett is 6-7 and 250lbs and not afraid to get dirty and play ball, he is Tough. Texans love his Blocking abilities as well as his catching abilities- could be the best block/catch TE in the draft. This bodes well for our offense and we’ll see a lot of 2 TE formations in the future. Red Zone TD % has been weak and Bennett will add a big body to catch the ball from Schaub. This will become the best Young TE tandem in the NFL. 3rd Round (18th pick): Jacob Hester, FB- LSU Wait a minute there OMT, you pick a FB AND a TE??? You don’t know our team at all! We have Leach, Cook, and Abbate at FB we don’t need Hester- bad pick. You may be right but I think Kubiak falls in love with this kid’s heart and dedication to his team. I think Hester will be more than a FB for us. In addition to blocking, Hester is excellent at running BETWEEN THE TACKLES. He keeps the chains moving, is good at catching out of the backfield. He’s 6-1, 228lbs and he would play for the Texans a long time. Jack of all trades kind of guy that I see Kubiak giving the ball to quite a bit in his rookie season. If you don’t like Hester here, mark down Kevin Smith RB- Central FL. Good size but lacks the quickness. We need a guy that can run with force between the tackles. Our OL will take time to develop and once it does we’ll add a speed demon to go along with our current hard nosed RB’s. 4th Round (18th pick): Alvin “Ace” Bowen, OLB- Iowa St. Similar guy to Michael Boulware imo. OLB in college but has potential to play safety as well. I suggest we groom him in at OLB though. Kid plays all out and talks all out too, apparently. Has nice coverage skills. Word is that his play and enthusiasm is contagious on the field. Finally a LB for us that can help in coverage too. Measures 6-3, 224 lbs. 5th Round (18th pick): Chad Rinehart, OG- Northern Iowa 6-5, 317lb Guard that Gibbs will teach up nicely. He needs to get stronger but has good quickness, uses his hands well, and has the lateral agility to mirror the defender. Should be a good fit to our scheme. Gets movement at the point of attack and can get to the second level when run blocking. Gibbs project that turns out to be a starter sooner than we think. 6th Round (18th pick): Rudolph Hardie, DE- Howard Rick Smith tries to find a DE to eventually play opposite Mario. At 6-3, 270 lbs he’s all you can ask for in a 6th round pick, in my opinion. Is explosive out of his stance to get in the backfield. Small school player so we gotta like him ; ) Led nation in tackles for loss in ’07 I believe. 7th Round (18th pick): Marcus Walker, CB- Oklahoma Might as well try someone in the secondary here. Walker is not small at 5-11, 198 lbs and has average speed at 4.45. Has unreliable hands and gambles too much. Has all the athleticism you could want with fluid hips and a good break but will drop the ball or give up the big play going for the INT. I see him as a good candidate to coach up b/c he can’t be counted on right now. Put him on special teams or practice squad and coach him for a while and see if you can’t get a 7th round steal. *CB's Jenkins, Mckelvin, Cason, Talib, Cromartie all taken before our pick at "35". *Jamaal Charles was taken before our other 2nd rd pick. Ray Rice was taken in the 2nd round.