Well, a quarter of the season is in the books. So, even though there are many more games to play and draft boards will change drastically, I feel it is time to begin the mock draft process. These 4 games have given us a good idea of the Texans’ strengths and weaknesses; I attempt to address them in this mock draft. As is customary with my mocks, I am neither projecting trades nor compensation picks. Furthermore, I am sticking with seniors only. As the draft season progresses and players declare, I will add them into the mix. As always, I welcome any praise, criticism, or questions. Oh, I should mention that heights and weights are taken from NFLDRAFTSCOUT.com This mock is predicting the Texans to be picking in the mid to late teens. Round 1- Alabama QB AJ McCarron, 6’3” 214 lbs My views on McCarron are pretty well known at this point. While he is not having a spectacular season, I still see a potential franchise QB. He has an NFL arm, incredible football intelligence, poise, composure, and good (but not great mobility). Honestly, he should be a top ten pick. However, he drops because people will call him a product of the fantastic Alabama football teams that he played on. Round 2- Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort, 6’6” 308 lbs If the first quarter of the season has taught us anything, it is that the Texans need to upgrade the right side of the offensive line. Mewhort is big, athletic, and plays with an edge. He does have some character concerns, but nobody can question his work ethic on the field or in the weight room. Mewhort would compete with Williams and Newton for the starting role in 2014. Round 3- Oklahoma FB Trey Millard, 6’2” 253 lbs While Millard may be a slight luxury pick, I am not hesitant about mocking him here at all. Millard won’t be the true thumping fullback that Jones is or Leach was, but he is an adequate blocker and a dangerous player that the defense must account for. Round 4- Arkansas State NT Ryan Carrethers, 6’1” 328 lbs First, let me say that I am pleased with Mitchell’s play. However, it never hurts to have good depth, as well as players that can fill different situational needs. Carrethers can be that big, run-stuffing NT that a lot of us want to see on the line between Smith and Watt. Furthermore, his bulk is not fat; he is just a big, muscular dude, and gets behind the line of scrimmage with consistency. His wrestling background is another positive, as he uses his hands to engage blockers well. Round 5- Oklahoma OC Gabe Ikard, 6’3” 298 lbs Watching the Oklahoma/ND games yesterday, I was struck by just how well Ikard guarded Nix, who outweighs him by 50 lbs. Ikard is an athletic center, who uses his balance and leverage to get the better of larger, stronger defensive lineman. I think Ikard would fit in quite well with the Texans’ offensive system. Round 6- North Dakota State CB Marcus Williams, 5’11” 197 lbs This is a wildcard pick, as I have not seen him play a bunch. From what I have seen, though, is that he has decent speed, a great backpedal, and a nose for the football. Round 7- Rutgers OLB/ILB Jamal Merrell, 6’4” 224 lbs Merrell is a recently converted wide receiver who shows a lot of athleticism, but needs to learn the position better. His twin brother is a 6’4” 250 lbs DE for Rutgers, so I think he can add the needed weight/strength without losing his athleticism. Merrell strikes me as a quality guy who loves the game, and those are the type of people I want to draft in the later rounds.