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Throughout most of the pre-draft season, most of the chatter around the Houston Texans first-round pick has been about possible WR's to line up opposite of Andre Johnson.
But with Baylor WR Kendall Wright's stock slipping in the last few days, a scenario exists where the top three WR's on many draft boards -- Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), Michael Floyd (Notre Dame) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech) -- are gone by the time the Texans pick at No. 26.
That's how Mocking The Draft sees it going down, which is why they have Houston going with a TE in their final mock:
Fleener, an athletic 6'6 250 TE, was one of Andrew Luck's main weapons at Stanford, catching 34 passes for 667 yards and 10 TD's last season.
While the Texans still have Owen Daniels at the position, New England has had a lot of success with two TE sets recently.
26. Houston Texans, Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Houston adds another big man to Andre Johnson's other side. Hill may not have the route savvy of other receivers, but he can catch a fade and a jump ball just fine.
According to the SB Nation mock, Hill would be the third receiver off the board after Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon (No. 4 to Cleveland) and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd (No. 17 to Cincinnati).
The pick of Hill isn't surprising - the Texans are all but assured of taking a wideout, according to basically everyone - but the mock draft doesn't include Baylor's Kendall Wright going at all in the first round. Wright has been considered a favorite of the Texans in several mock drafts.
In Mel Kiper's most recent Mock Draft released today, he has the Texans taking Stanford TE, Coby Fleener with the 26th pick in the first round of this Thurday's NFL Draft. Here is what Kiper had to say regarding the pick:
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
The Texans now have a void at tight end, and Fleener is the best one in the class. Houston's offense really needs an effective tight end, but not just in an underneath role. Fleener is a great one because he has the size and quickness to work underneath against linebackers, but also the straight-line speed of a receiver to stretch the field in the seam and on the edges. I like the fit.
Kiper has Fleener as the first TE taken off the board in the draft.
While the Houston Texans have been linked to WR's in the first round for most of the pre-draft season, the final mock draft from SI.com's Don Banks has the team going in a different direction:
26OG Kevin Zeitler Wisconsin Sr. 6-4 315 After marrying the Texans to a receiver all spring, the story changes at the very end, especially with Baylor receiver Kendall Wright no longer an option. I'm doing mostly dot-connecting here, but the Texans did lose their starting right guard and right tackle this offseason, and Houston had pretty good luck taking an ex-Badger in the first round of last year's draft in J.J. Watt.
Banks has three WR's going off the board before Houston picks at No. 26: Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon going No. 6 to the St. Louis Rams, Notre Dame's Michael Floyd going No. 13 to the Arizona Cardinals and Baylor's Kendall Wright going No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns.
Stephen Hill, a 6'5 206 WR from Georgia Tech, would still be on the board in this scenario, but Banks has Houston targeting the offensive line if the top three wide-outs are gone.
The Houston Texans have been rumored to grab a wide receiver for some time in most mocks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft. Chad Reuter’s new seven-round mock for NFL.com has the Texans bolstering their offensive line instead, a good thought after the team released Eric Winston earlier this offseason. Jonathan Martin is the choice in the first round for the Texans in Reuter’s latest.
The former Stanford tackle could likely line up on the right side from day one, and the team will need to keep Matt Schaub healthy into the playoffs if they hope to eventually make it all the way. The team also adds impressive additions on both lines in the rest of the draft projections from NFL.com.
Here’s Reuter’s complete projections for the Texans including round chosen and overall selection in parentheses:
1 (26) Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
2 (58) Alameda Ta’amu, DT, Washington
3 (76) Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
4 (99) Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
4 (121) Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
5 (161) James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
6 (195) Vick Ballard, RB, Mississippi State
7 (233) Blair Walsh, K, Georgia
With the 2012 NFL Draft less than a week a way there are still mock drafts popping up and the consensus for a long time has been that the Houston Texans are going to select a wide receiver with their first pick with the idea to find a complimentary wide receiver to Andre Johnson.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has come out with his first round mock draft and he falls in line with having the Texans select a wide receiver. King does add a caveat by saying who the team should pick, and in the Texans spot King has wide receiver Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech.
Here is King's evaluation on the Texans pick:
26. Houston Texans WR Rueben Randle LSU
Kendall Wright makes sense if he lasts this long, but Randle is a good fallback. Houston thinks that at 6-4 and 210 pounds he'll be another matchup problem along the lines of Andre Johnson. What team has the corners to cover two wideouts 6-3 or taller? Then again, if that's the logic, I'd take [Stephen] Hill, who's bigger (6-5) and a speed threat.
Forget about wide receiver in the first round, the Houston Texans need to replace Mario Williams.
Houston Texans offensive lineman Wade Smith took some time to discuss his draft day experience with The Sports Fan Journal. Several interesting notes about that day, which was 4/26/2003 and Smith's 22nd birthday, include his comments on how he was perceived as undersized for the position but gained the weight necessary to shut those claims down.
Smith also told a personal story of his then-girlfriend not getting the chance to share the draft experience with him and gave advice to the up-and-coming players in the draft.
Here is what Smith had to say when asked what he'd change about his draft day experience if anything:
"Specifically on that day, I had a girlfriend at the time that went to school with me at Memphis. I wanted her to come down and share that experience with me. Her father was kind of old school. He wouldn't let her come on the trip because we weren't married and he didn't really know me that well at the time. Now she's my wife, and we have 3 kids. I definitely, as a father, understand where he's coming from, but that's something I always wish she was there to experience. And she always said, "I wish I was there for that." But it ended up working out good.
As far as my draft experience, I think I handled everything pretty well. After my senior year I was told that I would probably be a 7th round draft pick because I was undersized for my position. They didn't know if I would have been able to gain weight and keep my athleticism, but I was able to do that. I gained about 22 lbs in 2.5 months, and I had a great combine workout. They were pretty excited about that, and therefore my draft stock went up. I ended up getting drafted in the 3rd round. I was still in college finishing up my last semester, getting my finance degree. As far as that goes, there wouldn't be anything I would change."
Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog.
While Baylor WR Kendall Wright has been linked with the Houston Texans throughout most of the pre-draft season, the latest mock draft from SI.com has Wright going No. 22 to the Cleveland Browns, forcing Houston to go into a different direction at the WR position:
I had Randle to the Texans in my second mock of the year, back in late February, before the combine. Every old becomes new again at some point. Houston could surprise most everyone and not take a receiver in the first round, I suppose, but with Kendall Wright already gone and Stephen Hill short on track record, why not opt for a proven playmaker from a big-time program?
At 6'3 210 with a 4.4 40, Randle has all the measurables of an elite WR, although that didn't translate into much production at LSU. As a junior, he caught 53 passes for 917 yards and 8 TD's.
However, in his defense, it would be hard for any college WR to put up good numbers if he had Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson behind center.
Like a lot of the SB Nation NFL Mock Drafts have shown, the Houston Texans are looking for a new threat at the wide receiver position and so in the latest mock draft, they are once again selecting Kendall Wright of the Baylor Bears.
The Texans showed up to the first day of offseason workouts with an optimistic attitude as far as what the pieces they have going into the 2012 season, which follows the franchise's first playoff appearance in 2011 and the best campaign in team history.
Still, Wright seems to be the kind of guy the Texans would be looking to develop into a weapon of a very high-powered offense. They just don't want to be too reliant on star receiver Andre Johnson. Here is what Ryan Van Bibber had to say about the most recent Wright selection for Houston:
"A tackle or another pass rusher would make nice picks for Houston, but they have to be at least a little haunted by what happened against Baltimore with Andre Johnson tightly covered. The speedy and versatile Wright is a nice complement to Johnson."
Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog.
In NFL.com's latest two-round mock draft, put together by Charley Casserly, the Houston Texans use their first and second-round picks on a wide receiver and an outside linebacker. First, with their No. 26 overall pick, the Texans grab a wide receiver, just not the one you think.
26) Houston Texans: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU. Houston needs to upgrade the receiver position opposite Andre Johnson.
The Texans need a new wide receiver to play opposite of Andre Johnson to open things up for other receivers and Randle could fit the bill. Also, since Johnson has had durability issues, Randle could be the team's top wide receiver when he's out.
Then, with their second-round pick, the Texans select West Virginia outside linebacker Bruce Irvin.
58) Texans: Bruce Irvin, OLB/DE, West Virginia. Wade Phillips likes depth at outside linebacker and the Texans just lost Mario Williams. Offensive tackle is a consideration ,too, after the release of Eric Winston.
The loss of Mario Williams was big, and replacing him will be tough. A team can't ever have too man pass rushers and Irvin could be a good one.
In SB Nation's annual blogger mock draft, in which each team is represented by a blogger from their respective SB Nation sites, Battle Red Blog, SB Nation's Houston Texans site, selected Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe for their team in the first round.
Lost in the Texans' defensive improvement last season was that the defense was still weak up the middle against the run, which shouldn't surprise anyone who has ever seen Shaun Cody or Earl Mitchell play. Enter Dontari Poe. While Wade Phillips does not normally use a NT with 2-gap size, he's done so when the talent was available (Ted Washington, Jamal Williams). Poe would give him that talent, but with the added bonus of having the speed and agility to play the 1-gap style that Wade prefers, especially on passing downs. There was some discussion that perhaps the Texans should look at Whitney Mercilus or Nick Perry due to the departure of Mario Williams, and there were some concerns about Poe's possibly being a Combine warrior. In the end, however, we simply couldn't pass up improving the NT position with the unreal combination of speed, size, and strength that Poe brings to the table.
This could come as a surprise to some because the Texans are expected by many to use their first-round pick on a wide receiver to compliment Andre Johnson and take over for him if and when he is injured or retires. However, Dontari Poe, who would be a good fit for a 3-4 defense as a nose tackle, could make a scary defense much scarier for the 2012 season while they attempt to fight for a spot in the playoffs for the second year in a row.
Another 2012 NFL Mock Draft, and another analyst forecasting Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright to the Houston Texans. This time, it's SI's Don Banks who has the Baylor Bear headed to the Texans with the No. 26 pick in this year's NFL Draft.
As Wright's draft stock continues to solidify based on his strong pro day showing, I'm coming back around to Houston taking the more proven ex-Baylor Bear over Georgia Tech speedster Stephen Hill. Wright can't stretch a defense as well as Hill, but he'd be a play-making complement receiver opposite Andre Johnson.
The entire Texans offense would benefit greatly from adding another playmaker to the offense, and Banks, along with other analysts, seem to believe that Wright will do just that for the Texans.
For more on the Houston Texans, be sure to check out Battle Red Blog.
Wright's stock took a bit of a hit when he showed up to the combine a bit heavier and slower than expected. I still see him going in the first round, and if he's still around when Houston is on the clock, don't expect the Texans to take the full 15 minutes. I've been hot on Wright, who's most often compared to DeSean Jackson for his big-play ability, since I saw him toe the sideline for 30 yards on a touchdown run vs. Kansas State. He's a lightning bolt who possesses good hands and great route-running ability. He's not built like a Calvin Johnson or a Larry Fitzgerald, but he'd be an incredible complement to Andre Johnson in Gary Kubiak's offense.
An offense featuring Kendall Wright, Andre Johnson and Arian Foster would be tough to stop. With Johnson's durability issues, Wright could be the team's No. 1 receiver if he were to have to sit some games out. This pick could help the Texans offense get back to the playoffs again in 2012.
It's not too often there is a consensus No. 26 pick, but it looks like if Baylor's Kendall Wright is there for the Houston Texans, the team will not pass on the wide receiver.
After a standout season at Baylor, Wright could make an immediate impact on the Houston offense, according to SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber.
Wright adds another dimension to the Texans' offense, which could be one of the league's best if everyone's health cooperates in 2012. They can work Wright out of the slot or on the other side of Andre Johnson. He looks like another Percy Harvin.
Last year at Baylor, the senior wide receiver caught 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was an Associated Press second-team All-American.
Irvin is appealing to both teams that run the 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker and to 4-3 defenses as a defensive end. Among other teams that Irvin is scheduled to visit are the Titans, Patriots, Panthers, Jets, 49ers, Dolphins, Chiefs, Browns and Bears. The Texans are looking for pass rushing help after losing Mario Williams in free agency.
As a 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker, Irvin finished with 40 total tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior at West Virginia. He played sparingly as a junior but had 14 sacks and projects as a solid pass rusher on the edge.
The Houston Texans and Kendall Wright have seemed to be all but a done deal according to countless mock drafts in recent months. But while there's no A.J. Green or Julio Jones in the top of this WR class, there's a solid group of potential first rounders, and a ton of teams looking to get more vertical. That, as the National Football Post predicts, could mean Wright doesn't fall all the way to the Texans:
26. Houston Texans: LSU WR Rueben Randle
The Texans would love to add another vertical threat to the offense to take some pressure off Andre Johnson and Randle has the strider speed to be a threat down the field and take the top off a defense.
Why not Wright, the prohibitive local favorite to end up with Houston? Because the Broncos beat Houston to the punch just a pick earlier:
25. Denver Broncos: Baylor WR Kendall Wright
After signing QB Peyton Manning, adding a big play threat to open up the field vertically and complement the pieces the Broncos already have in place makes a lot of sense for Denver.
Randle certainly doesn't have the stats of Wright, but that's in large part because of the drastically different offenses they participated in at the collegiate level. Randle was a top prep prospect and has, when given the chance, shown speed and reliability in the deep passing game.
* Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Minus Andre Johnson for much of the past season, Houston's play-action game took a big hit. The Texans just couldn't stretch the field. Wright can be dangerous with or without Johnson. He'll challenge defenses deep, but can also work underneath and run after the catch. The Texans need more ammo in the passing game, and Wright will provide it.
Another weapon for Matt Schaub would certainly help Houston's offense take another step forward. Wright ran at Baylor's Pro Day in late March, running 40 yard dash times of 4.46 and 4.43 -- unofficially. Both those times are a major improvement over his 4.61 that Wright ran at the NFL combine.
According to Kiper's mock, Wright would be the third receiver off the board in the 2012 NFL Draft, with Justin Blackmon going to the Rams at No. 6 overall, and Michael Floyd going at No. 13 overall to the Cardinals.
For more on the Texans, be sure to check out Battle Red Blog.
In SB Nation's NFL draft blog, Mocking the Draft's latest mock draft, the Houston Texans stick with the norm by selecting a wide receiver in the first round with their No. 26 overall pick. In this particular mock draft, that wide receiver is Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill.
Stephen Hill | Wide Receiver | Georgia Tech: Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the game, but the Texans lack a legitimate threat across from him. Stephen Hill has been phenomenal in the pre-draft process and deserves to sneak into the first round.
Considering the depth at the wide receiver position in this year's draft class and the Texans' need for a wide receiver to compliment Andre Johnson it's hard to believe that the Texans would pass up on a wide receiver with their first-round pick. With a receiver like Hill opposite of Johnson, quarterback Matt Schaub would have two top-notch targets to throw the ball to. It would also open things up for tight end Owen Daniels and slot receiver Kevin Walter.
Hill would also keep the offense running smoothly if and when Johnson misses games as he's had durability issues in the recent past.
The Houston Texans had a championship caliber defense this past season, but their offense was lacking a secondary wide receiver to Andre Johnson. That position was exposed when Johnson was out several weeks with a hamstring injury and the Texans rotated in different receivers with varying success.
The folks over at CBS Sports are both projecting that the Texans take a wide receiver with their first round pick.
Kendall Wright has been a fixture on Ryan Van Bibber's NFL Mock Draft as the Houston Texans first-round selection, and he still is. Mocking the Draft had Dont'a Hightower of the Alabama Crimson Tide going to the Texans a few days ago, but it's no secret that Houston is looking for a young wide receiver to build the future with.
Van Bibber had this to say about the Wright projection, a consistent one to say the least:
"Andre Johnson cannot be expected to do it all alone. Wright gives this offense a second receiving option to pair with Johnson. He also make a nice complement, someone to work out of the slot with Johnson split out wide and the backfield threatening on every play."
Wright had 302 career receptions for 4,004 yards and 30 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Baylor Bears.
Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is less than a month away, there are going to be tons of mock drafts being pumped out from every single corner of the Internet (there are a lot of corners). In NFL.com's Chad Reuter's latest mock draft, the Houston Texans select wide receiver Stephen Hill out of Georgia Tech.
Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and he has had durability issues in the past. When he's not in the game, the Texans offense struggles badly and Houston quarterback Matt Schaub could really use someone reliable to throw to when that's the case. And then, when Hill and Johnson are both in the game, defenses could really have their hands full.
This could make the Texans' offense tough to stop.
The latest SB Nation NFL Mock Draft has the Houston Texans selecting Alabama Crimson Tide Linebacker Dont'a Hightower with the 26th overall pick. Here is what Mocking the Draft had to say about Hightower to the Texans"
"Everyone and their mother has the Texans taking a wide receiver at this pick. I'll be different solely for the sake of being so. Defense got the Texans into the playoffs last year, and I think they'll continue to ride that until it gives out on them (or, until they realize Matt Schaub is an injury prone, mediocre QB). Hightower falling this far is purely the result of teams valuing quarterbacks and pass rushers over anything else. He also provides a significant upgrade over DeMeco Ryans, who Houston just traded to Philly this offseason."
Hightower is ranked as the 39th overall prospect in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com and ranked second at his position. In 2011 he recorded 85 tackles and four sacks for the Crimson Tide.
Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog.
A significant part of the Houston Texans fan base doesn't quite understand what the franchise has been doing with itself this offseason, after not re-signing Mario Williams and letting DeMeco Ryans and Eric Winston go free.
But the upcoming draft could remedy all of that, especially since these picks are going to come a lot cheaper than those veterans. Check this link for a complete look at the 2012 NFL Draft order.
Here is a look at what the Texans are working with:
1st Round: 26th overall
2nd Round: No. 26 in the round and 58th overall
3rd Round: No. 13 in the round and 76th overall via Philadelphia Eagles
4th Round: No. 4 in the round and 99th overall via Tampa Bay Buccaneers via Eagles
5th Round: No. 26 in the round and 161th overall
6th Round: No. 26 in the round and 195th overall pick
7th Round: No. 26 in the round and 233rd overall pick
Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog.
The Baylor Bears are going to have a monopoly of sorts on the attention of the 2012 NFL Draft -- or at least the first round. The tandem of Robert Griffin III and Kendall Wright not only connected all season long in college football, but both will be popular subjects by the talking heads when both are likely named among the top players selected. Wright is headed to the Denver Broncos at No. 25 in SB Nation's latest mock draft:
Wright's Combine and pro day had some wondering about his first-round talent, all because of his 40 time. Foolishness. Wright can get down the field and has the explosiveness to get away from defenders. Peyton Manning could make him a household name this season.
The Broncos already have Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, so adding Wright is not as big of a need here as other positions. It's more likely the team will select defensive tackle if someone is available, but Wright is still a good get for any offense and Peyton would get the most out of him.
For more on the Baylor Bears, head to Our Daily Bears.
All of the mock drafts are beginning to blend together, at least that's what Houston Texans fans must be thinking, because they are predicted to select from the same position in almost every mock. Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft, put together by Don Banks, is no different. Banks predicts that the Texans will select Baylor Bears wide receiver Kendall Wright with their 26th overall pick.
Robert Griffin's favorite target helped himself considerably by running in the 4.4s at the Bears' pro day this week, far better than his 4.61 at the combine. The Texans could use a right tackle to replace the released Eric Winston, but most of the first-round tackles are gone and Wright is the kind of playmaker Houston needs opposite Andre Johnson.
The Texans are in need of another wide receiver on the team. Andre Johnson could use somebody to take a little attention off of him and since Johnson has had some injury problems lately, the team could use another option at wide receiver if Johnson is out. The combination of Johnson and Wright together could be a scary combination for opposing secondaries and should help quarterback Matt Schaub move the ball down the field.
In SB Nation's Mocking The Draft's latest mock draft, the Houston Texans stick with what most other mock drafts have had them do this offseason, which is to select a talented wide receiver in the first round. So, with the team's No. 26 overall pick, the Texans select Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright, according to Mocking the Draft.
Kendall Wright | Wide receiver | Baylor: When star receiver Andre Johnson got hurt, the Texans struggled without a great second option. Their offense doesn't need much, but a secondary vertical option could give the team the league's most potent offense. Don't expect Houston to hurry in replacing tackle Eric Winston. They're likely to do that in later rounds.
Selecting a wide receiver in the first round makes the most sense for the Texans as Andre Johnson has had durability issues, and he isn't young enough to count on for the next few years. However, with Johnson and a guy like Wright on the field at the same time, secondaries would have their hands full, especially when you factor in tight end Owen Daniels and running back Arian Foster out of the backfield.
The Houston Texans have not had the most impressive off-season, having let go its best offensive lineman in Eric Winston and watched Mario Williams choose the Buffalo Bills over them. But the big splash is expected to come in the draft when the Texans select Kendall Wright from the Baylor Bears with the 26th overall pick, or at least according to the latest SB Nation NFL Mock Draft.
"Wright would be an interesting option for the Texans, who still have Andre Johnson. A very different player, Wright makes a nice complement to Johnson and tight end Owen Daniels as a vertical threat and a player explosive enough to win battles anywhere on the field. Houston's offense could be one of the league's best with a pick like this." - Ryan Van Beeber
That's been the consensus for most draft experts, given the fact that one of the Texans' major priorities this off-season (aside from paying Arian Foster and the free agency of Mario Williams), was addressing their needs at the wide receiver position. Andre Johnson missed significant time in 2011 with a hamstring injury and suddenly, Houston did not have a go-to guy in the passing game. Wright would be brought in to correct this problem.
The Houston Texans are projected at taking a wide receiver with their first round selection. The Texans are looking a wide receivers to compliment and possibly one day take over for their current star wide receiver Andre Johnson.
Not much has change from where the Houston Texans stand in the 2012 NFL Draft. Houston is still looking to upgrade its complimentary wide receiver position, which is likely to be done with the selection Baylor wide-out Kendall Wright.
The Texans have the 26th overall pick in the draft and if they were to select Wright, he would be the second Baylor Bears player to go in the second round, since Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III is considered by the experts to be for sure No. 2 pick by the Washington Redskins.
Wright did not have the most impressive 40 times at the NFL combine, but has shown to be an explosive receiver in actual games against defenses. Wright may only run around a 4.6 in drills, at Baylor he managed to catch 108 balls for 1,663 receiving yards, which resulted in 14 touchdowns in 2011.
The Houston Texans have longed for a dynamic wide receiver to team with Andre Johnson in the passing game for some time now, but thus far they’ve yet to find another game breaker on his level. While few wideouts will ever reach that status, adding an impact wideout like Kendall Wright of Baylor would go a long way toward helping the offense. That’s exactly what Mel Kiper has the Texans doing in his latest mock draft. He writes:
When the Texans lost Andre Johnson last year, it completely eliminated their ability to stretch the field. That’s a problem, because this is a system that thrives on regular use of play-action packages, and it loses a lot of juice if there’s nobody around to challenge defenses deep. Wright can do that. His performance in Indy wasn’t his best, but his tape shines — you see a guy that plays fast in pads and beats people deep. His hands are also fine.
Wright had a difficult showing at the NFL Combine and found his stock dropping lower than Michael Floyd of Notre Dame and even Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech. Whether or not Wright can impress during his upcoming Pro Day at Baylor might determine if he will still be available by the time the Texans select at No. 26 in the draft.
Check out Battle Red Blog for more on the Texans and the upcoming draft.
SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber has an updated look at the 2012 NFL Draft with one last mock round one before the league's free agency period shakes up team needs. The Texans seem poised to take a receiver to compliment Andre Johnson, and while some talk has centered around Baylor's Kendall Wright, Van Bibber predicts Combine sleeper Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech will be the pick:
26. Houston Texans, Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
If Houston wants a nose tackle, they ought to kick the tires on Paul Soliai who is leaving the Dolphins in free agency. They could even find a cheaper option via some other route since they would be surrounded with talent elsewhere on the defensive line. Upgrading their offense is a priority if the Texans are going to build off last season's incredible run. Hill can be worked in with Andre Johnson, who is still the lead horse in the passing game.
The thought of another dynamic receiver opposite Andre Johnson is likely enough to keep defensive coordinators awake at night. The Houston Texans, after all, have one of the top offensive attacks in the game of football, so the addition of another dynamic target just makes it that much harder. But given the way teams can double team Johnson, it makes sense for the Texans to grab another option for Matt Schaub in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.
The latest mock from Charlie Campbell addresses just that with the choice of Kendall Wright of Baylor at the No. 26 selection. He writes:
The Texans could use another wide receiver to pair with Andre Johnson. Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones are quality options, but Houston could use a young receiver to develop for Matt Schaub.
Wright slides in this mock after his disappointing performance at the Combine. He had an atrocious 40 time of 4.61. While the 40 wasn’t strong, Wright will still bring a downfield explosive element to any NFL offense. He was an unstoppable receiver this season in the Big XII. The top target for quarterback Robert Griffin III, Wright burned secondaries with big plays downfield throughout 2011. His blazing speed is hard for defensive backs to contain, and he has good hands with the ability to make difficult catches along the sideline.
Wright definitely saw his stock slip at the NFL Combine after lackluster workouts, but his talent is too much to ignore. If teams like his game film, then he should be able to overcome the issues that plagued him in Indy. If not, then the Texans could go another direction. For now, Wright makes a lot of sense at that value and need.
The Houston Texans have a few needs they could address in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft and at No. 26, the team will likely have to wait and see what comes to them. But if a decent cornerback is on the board, the Texans will likely have to move on the pick given their greatest needs.
Gary Horton of Scouts, Inc. recently posted the primary needs of every AFC team and he says the Texans still need secondary help despite the big signing of Jonathan Joseph last year.
Horton writes, “Johnathan Joseph was a terrific shutdown corner for the Texans in 2011 and a big part of their defensive resurgence. Kareem Jackson is OK on the other side, but he lacks elite speed and ball skills and rotated with Jason Allen, who might leave in free agency. Brice McCain shows some promise as a nickel corner, but, in this blitz-oriented defense, turn-and-run cover corners are critical.”
Someone like Dwight Bentley is a small school corner who could sneak into the first round if scouts like him enough. Mel Kiper has the Louisiana-Lafayette product as the fourth best corner in the draft and it’s likely the three names above him — Dre Kirkpatrick, Morris Claiborne, Janoris Jenkins — will all be gone by the time the Texans pull the trigger. Adding a playmaker like Bentley could go a long way toward improving the secondary.
Texas A&M will benefit from having a first round quarterback among their recent alumni, and it’s looking as if Ryan Tannehill’s stock is going to be high enough for A&M’s coaches to brag about it. In Don Banks’ recent mock for the 2012 NFL Draft, he has Tannehill going at No. 12 overall, where Christian Ponder went last year, to the Seattle Seahawks.
Banks writes, “An immediate disclaimer to hopefully ward off frantic calls from Seattle radio stations: I don’t know for a fact that Pete Carroll is high on Tannehill, but I do know the Seahawks have to find competition for Tarvaris Jackson in the first or second round (barring a big signing in free agency), and more NFL scouts all the time tell me that Tannehill will end up in the first round before this thing is done. I’m connecting dots here, folks.”
While this is a shot in the dark for the actual team or selection, it does show the general area that Tannehill could go in. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if Tannehill slips into the latter half of the draft’s top ten if he impresses at the NFL Combine and/or the A&M Pro Day. At this point there are more quarterback needy teams than there are viable options to select from. That’s a winning scenario for Tannehill.
The Houston Texans have one of the most outstanding receiving threats in all of football. However, Andre Johnson could use some help so teams cannot continue to double team him and attempt to take him out of the game. It’s also clear that when he’s injured, the Texans offense is different. Thus it’s not surprising to see Don Banks of Sports Illustrated give Rueben Randle from LSU his first round selection for the Houston Texans in his latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Banks writes, “The Texans were exposed as painfully thin at receiver once Andre Johnson suffered his hamstring injuries last season, and the bottom of the first round is a good slot to get an underrated prospect in this year’s receiving class. Randle might need a year to develop, but his blend of size, speed and ability to come down with the ball make him worth the investment.”
Randle has come on strong in recent weeks, moving from a second or third round selection to now being named among the next tier of wideouts after Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright.
WR's have dominated the mock draft conversation for the Houston Texans for the last two months, and that doesn't change in SB Nation's latest mock draft, which has Houston taking Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu with the No. 26 pick in the first round:
26. Houston Texans, Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
Houston desperately needs help at the wide receiver position. Andre Johnson is still good, but he has durability concerns. With two receivers that get the secondary's attention, things will really open up for other receivers and tight end Owen Daniels. Sanu is a solid pick here.
Sanu, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior WR, has been climbing up recent mock drafts as more NFL talent evaluators and media personnel become familiar with him.
He burst onto the scene in 2011, with 115 receptions for 1,206 yards and 7 TD's, doubling his statistics from the season before.
But while he may be the best WR on the board when Houston selects, there's no guarantee the franchise focuses solely on need at the end of the first round.
Not only were the Texans successful enough last year that they can afford to take a longer view, but rookie WR's tend to have a dramatic learning curve, which would put more weight into the camp who wants to take the best available player on their board.
The Houston Texans are in the precarious position of having to manage the futures of two of their marquee players along with drafting the newest addition to their squad with the 26th pick in April.
Mario Williams and Arian Foster are free agents and the Texans can really only afford to sign one of them. If Foster isn't re-signed, look for the Texans to go wide receiver with the pick. If Williams isn't signed, as SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber suggests in his latest mock draft, then look for Houston to beef up the defensive line.
26. Houston Texans, Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Surprisingly enough, the Texans had a very good pass rush without Mario Williams last season. They do not have to replace him with a first-round pick. By drafting Poe, they get a true nose tackle for their 3-4 and stronger up front. With the right moves to add to the offense in 2012, this is going to be a very good team.
Houston has also been linked to a myriad of wide receivers with the No. 26 pick, but if Foster isn't re-signed, look for the Texans to potentially target Boise State's Doug Martin.
The Houston Texans are sitting at the No. 26 position in the upcoming NFL Draft in April, and Wes Bunting of the National Football Post has the AFC South champs taking Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets wide receiver Stephen Hill. Its interesting to see Georgia Tech producing quality first-round talent at wide receiver although they seldom pass since they run a triple-option offense.
26. Houston Texans: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
Hill is going to need to become a more consistent route runner. However, at 6-5 he showcases some natural short-area quickness to his game and knows how to go up and get the football. Could be one of the "hot" names following the 2012 NFL Combine.
At this point, I'm convinced that there are at least ten different first-round talents at the wide receiver position. If this is the case, then I could see Houston possibly trading down to get some additional picks since the position pool is so deep.
The Houston Texans will have plenty of time to decide which player they'd like to have as they pick No. 26 in the 2012 NFL Draft. Its well known that the Texans will be potentially targeting a wide receiver in the draft and the names have flowed from everywhere on who they will take.
Charlie Casserly of NFL.com says that the Texans will take Baylor Bears wideout Kendall Wright with the 26th pick, as the Texans could use another consistent outside target to complement Andre Johnson.
Pick No. 26, Houston Texans
KENDALL WRIGHT - WR, Baylor: The Texans would love another receiver to complement Andre Johnson.
Some have speculated that the Texans could look to pursue Randy Moss this offseason as well, and picking Wright would still allow the Texans to play Wright on the inside as well.
It is starting to took more and more like the Houston Texans will be selecting a wide receiver with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Texans have been projected to take different wide receivers among various mock drafts and Russ Lande of the Sporting News has the Texans taking Alshon Jeffery from South Carolina:
The Houston Texans have the No. 26 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and many mock drafts have predicted that the Texans will drafting a wide receiver to play alongside Andre Johnson to serve as the team's No. 2 receiver. One name that has been consistently thrown out there has been South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery has a huge frame and an ability to high point the ball like few others in this upcoming draft.
Josh Norris of Rotoworld has done "extensive film study" and has emerged with a list of 10 players he believes "are receiving too much positive attention in media evaluations and mock drafts." Guess who shows up fourth on his overrated prospect list:
4. South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery (6-3/229/4.63) - Simply put, Jeffery cannot separate. This was clear in his bowl game effort against Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard, who repeatedly jammed Jeffery at the line of scrimmage. Dennard completely overmatched Jeffery downfield, as the receiver created no space against Nebraska's physical corner despite the Cornhuskers' tendency to give South Carolina's quarterback more than seven seconds to throw. Jeffery does not use his large frame effectively, either. Plenty of slow receivers make a living converting catches in traffic, but Jeffery loses way too many 50/50 balls for that to be the foundation of his game. Receivers with limited separation skills require confident, accurate quarterbacks willing to take chances in tight windows. 20 teams or more are without that kind of QB. Jeffery is the eighth best receiver in the draft, and a massive risk as a first-round pick.
The Texans pick 26th in the 2012 NFL Draft, and have been linked to other receivers such as Baylor's Kendall Wright and Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu.
For more on the Texans, head to Battle Red Blog, and for updates on the upcoming draft, go to Mocking The Draft.
The season is officially over now that the New York Giants have been crowned league champions and even though free agency hasn't opened, the official draft order has been set, which means there are mock drafts galore available online. SB Nation's own Mocking The Draft recently pumped out a new mock draft in which they predict the Houston Texans will select Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright in the first round with the No. 26 overall pick.
The Texans don't have too many needs. They had an amazing off-season last year that turned the worst passing defense, into one of the best all-round defenses in the league. Imagine how good they can be with a whole off-season to work with. Offensively, Houston could use with someone to take the load of Andre Johnson. Kendall Wright is almost the perfect compliment. Wright is a small guy, but his blazing speed and good route-running ability will see him create separation and get open at the next level. With the addition of Wright, defenses will have to play two deep safeties constantly to avoid getting burned by him or Johnson; which will allow that brilliant run game more room in which to operate.
Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger nor is he getting any healthier. He only played in seven games in 2011 thanks to a nagging hamstring injury. The addition of Wright, who has 4.42-speed, will give Matt Schaub another reliable target and a new No. 1 receiver in the event of another injury to Johnson.
The Houston Texans come into the 2012 NFL Draft knowing exactly what their needs are. From defensive tackle to the offensive line, there are real needs for depth. However, with their position late in the first round at pick No. 26, its clear that the Texans will have the opportunity to draft a top-end wide receiver that could possibly start for them in week 1.
In SB Nation's first post Super Bowl mock draft, Ryan Van Biber has the Houston Texans taking former South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery with the No. 26 pick:
26. Houston Texans, Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Houston clearly needs another receiver to pair with Andre Johnson and their all-world running game. No player seems to elicit more debate than Jeffery. Speed is his biggest weakness, which will keep him from getting picked much higher in the first round. With Arian Foster and Andre Johnson demanding so much attention from defenses, Jeffery could have a nice rookie season in the NFL.
There have been talks of the Texans considering up to six or seven different wideouts in the draft. From big and physical wide receivers like Michael Floyd and Mohamed Sanu, to shifty and quick receivers like Kendall Wright and Rueben Randle. Houston will have the chance to get exactly what they want and could consider trading down for a few extra picks.
The focus has shifted from the Houston Texans taking a defensive lineman in the first round to now taking a wide receiver. CBS Sports mock drafts are split between two wide receivers. Rob Rang has the Texans taking Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu with their No. 26 pick:
Mock draft after mock draft have rolled out of every corner of the Internet over the last few weeks, which is funny considering that the Super Bowl hasn't even been played yet and free agency hasn't opened up. However, a good mock draft is hard to resist and, ladies and gentlemen, this one's a doozy. The folks over at SB Nation's Mocking the Draft have recently gone beyond the call of duty and released a five-round mock draft. In that mock draft, the Houston Texans fill holes in their roster at the wide receiver, cornerback and other positions.
First, with the No. 26 pick, the Texans choose South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore. The Texans signed former Bengals cornerback Johnathan Joseph as a free agent before the 2011 season, which turned out to be a great move considering Joseph ended up in the Pro Bowl. Gilmore could play opposite of Joseph and boost the Texans secondary.
In the second round, MTD predicts the Texans take Miami wide receiver Tommy Streeter. It's no secret that Andre Johnson isn't getting any younger and 2011 was a great example of how he struggles at times with injuries. Streeter is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound receiver with 4.4-speed and can give the quarterback another big target if Johnson is out.
In the third round, MTD thinks the Texans will switch to defense and select Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman. The Texans had one of the best defenses in the league and you can't ever have too many good linemen. This 6-foot-1, 310-pound boulder is a run-stopping machine and could add some depth to the Texans solid front seven.
Then, in the fourth round, MTD believes the Texans Texas Tech guard Lonnie Edwards. In 2010, Edwards started every game at left guard and was named to the second team All-Big 12. Edward stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 320 pounds and can play tackle if necessary.
Finally in the fifth round, MTD picks Stanford safety Delano Howell. Howell was a second team All-Pac-10 selection in 2010 and can return kicks and punts as well as play safety. Howell, who stands at 5-foot-11 and weighs 198 pounds can add depth to the safety position as well as participate in special teams.
The Texans went to the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in 2011 and they won their first playoff game too. With a good draft, the Texans can build off that foundation and go right back in 2012.
The Houston Texans are expected to take either a wide receiver or a defensive tackle with their first round pick and Walter Football who has put out a four round mock draft has the Texans going with a wide receiver with their No. 26 pick:
No. 26 Houston Texans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina Gamecocks:
A wide receiver is probably the pick that will help the Texans get to the next level more than adding a defensive lineman to an already stellar unit. Jeffrey's stock has dropped after having a poor senior season where his receptions and receiving yards were cut in half.
The second round pick is where Walter Football projects the Texans to take a defensive tackle:
No. 56 Houston Texans: Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama Crimson Tide
I really like this pick for the Texans. They need help at nose tackle, and Wade Phillips prefers smaller players at the position. Plus, Houston has seemed to favor prospects out of the southeast in recent drafts.
The NFL season isn't completely over yet but that hasn't stopped a massive amount of mock draft to be published online. There are only two teams left to play in the Super Bowl before the draft order is complete, but the Texans have known that they would be have the No. 26 pick in the first round for almost two weeks after they were eliminated from the playoffs in the divisional round by the Baltimore Ravens.
In Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft, Don Banks predicted that the Houston Texans will give their defensive line a boost by selecting defensive tackle Dontari Poe out of the University of Memphis with the No. 26 overall pick.
Though a receiver like Baylor's Kendall Wright might get the nod, Wade Phillips' vastly improved Texans defense could use a big body to hold down the fort at nose tackle. With a name like Poe, he should be a Raven, but the Texans might snatch him up first.
ESPN Insider ranks the 6-foot-3, 330-pound defensive tackle as the sixth best interior defensive lineman in the 2012 draft and the addition of Poe could help the Texans carry their No. 2 defensive rank over into 2012.
For more updates on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog.
Recent mock drafts for the Houston Texans have been leaning toward the team taking a wide receiver to compliment Andre Johnson. However, over at CBS Sports they have had the Texans taking the same player in Memphis Tigers nose tackle Dontari Poe. Their latest projection from both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler are the same. Their reasoning is to shore up the run defense and to provide some much needed depth along the defensive line.
In the latest mock draft from SBNation, Ryan Van Biber has the Houston Texans taking UNC WR Dwight Jones with the No. 26 pick in the first round:
26. Houston Texans, Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
Jones, at 6'4 225, has prototypical size for a WR. As a senior in Chapel Hill, he caught 85 balls for 1,196 yards and 12 TD's last year.
But while he was able to physically dominate ACC CB's, there are questions about his route-running ability and fundamental skills at the next level, as WR is one of the toughest positions to project.
The Texans will likely target a WR early in the draft, as that unit completely disintegrated in Andre Johnson's absence.
Jones is part of a large group of WR's, along with Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery and Baylor's Kendall Wright, trying to establish themselves as the clear-cut No. 2 in the draft behind Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon.
The most recent 2012 NFL mock drafts have had the Houston Texans selecting a wide receiver, and the most common selections were Michael Floyd of Notre Dame and Rutgers Mohamed Sanu. The latest mock draft from The Sporting News has the Texans taking a different wide receiver:
The Texans are in desperate need of a second wide receiver to help out Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub and Criner was one of the better wide receivers in the Pac-12 where he had 75 receptions for 956 yards and pulled in 11 touchdowns.
The East/West Shrine Game will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. CT (NFL Network), and will feature a number of Big 12 and SEC players, including a pair of Texas Longhorns (safety Blake Gideon and center David Snow), as well as TCU linebacker Tank Carder.
Here's a list of Big 12 and SEC players for each roster:
East Team - SEC
DL Travian Robertson - South Carolina
FB/TE Bruce Figgins - University of Georgia
OC Quentin Saulsberry - Missisippi State
OT Bradley Sowell - Mississippi
PK Blair Walsh - Georgia
RB Tauren Poole - Tennessee
East Team - Big 12
DL Julian Miller - West VirginiaLB Najee Goode - West VirginiaSAF Tysyn Hartman - Kansas State
DL Kentrell Lockett - MississippiDL Dominique Hamilton - Missouri - ColumbiaLB Jerry Franklin - ArkansasWO Greg Childs - Arkansas - FayettevilleWO Jarius Wright - ArkansasWO Darius Hanks - Univeristy of Alabama
DC Keith Tandy - West VirginiaLB Tank Carder - Texas ChristianLB Steven Johnson - KansasOC David Snow - TexasSAF Blake Gideon - Texas
In the latest mock draft from SBNation, and the first one since the early entrant deadline for college players, Ryan Van Bibber has the Houston Texans taking WR Michael Floyd of Notre Dame at No. 26:
Andre Johnson's absence during the regular season hurt the Texans, especially with T.J. Yates at quarterback. Adding Floyd diversifies an offense that couldn't get the points it needed in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
Johnson missed significant playing time for the first time in his NFL career this season, and his absence exposed a glaring weakness in the Texans passing attack, as none of Houston's other WR's could get much going without all the defensive attention Johnson commanded.
Floyd, a 6'3 225 senior WR, has been a dominant figure in South Bend ever since stepping on campus, averaging 9 TD's a year as well as going over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons.
However, he has had some serious alcohol issues in college which almost got him kicked off the team, and NFL teams are likely to do some in-depth investigation of his background before committing millions of dollars in guaranteed money to him as a first-round draft pick.
The Houston Texans season came to an end in Sunday's 17-13 divisional round loss to the Baltimore Ravens and now they are slotted to pick No. 26 in the 2012 NFL Draft. Looking back at today's loss the Texans are in need of a second wide receiver behind Andre Johnson, because Jacoby Jones performance was not cutting it today nor was Kevin Walter's.
Early mock drafts had the Texans taking Memphis Tigers nose tackle Dontari Poe or Alabama Crimson Tide strong safety Mark Barron. The defense looked great against the Ravens and they were even missing Mario Williams, but the offense could not do a thing and it did have something to do with the Texans down to third-string quarterback T.J. Yates. However, there was no passing game to speak of for Sunday's game outside of Johnson's eight receptions for 111 yards.
Look for new mock drafts to come out in the coming days with an updated draft order.
Nothing is a given in life, much less the NFL. For the Houston Texans, this season will already have exceeded expectations, regardless of the fact that the Texans lost their starting quarterback (Matt Schaub) and their best defensive player (Mario Williams) for the season, not to mention their best offensive player (Andre Johnson) for long stretches of time.
Yes, Houston will do whatever it takes to win versus the Baltimore Ravens this weekend and beyond, but can you imagine what this team will look like in 2012? The start of 2012 is what the Texans can yield in the NFL Draft this April. The Texans will be picking late in the draft, but that's no reason to think that they can't find impact players in the draft.
Here are three reasons why this draft could possibly be the beginning of the Texans making a run at that Super Bowl trophy in 2013.
1. The Texans could finally find a receiver to pair with Andre Johnson: The folks over at Mocking the Draft have Baylor's Kendall Wright tabbed as the first-round pick for the Texans. Since Andre Johnson's emergence in the league, the No. 2 receiver position has left something to be desired. Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter have proven that they are reliable, but aren't necessarily a threat. Wright's speed and hands could be a difference maker.
2. The defense could get even better: When Mario Williams returns to a defense that features new stars like Brian Cushing, Demeco Ryans, Jonathan Joseph and J.J. Watt, you could be looking at the best defense in football for 2012. The unit finished as the No. 2 overall defense this year and one of the few weaknesses for Houston is in the interior line. Washington's Alameda Ta’amu is rated as the No. 2 nose tackle in the draft and could be just what Wade Phillips ordered for Houston.
3. Depth never hurts: Teams that make the leap from good to great usually do so when key players go down, the next man up is able to carry the load. Players like T.J. Yates, Ben Tate and Rylan Reed have done well to carry the load when others have went down. This draft is deep and a late-round steal could push Houston over the top. It could be a lights out returner like Tulsa receiver Damaris Johnson or a ball-hawking safety like Oklahoma State's Markelle Martin or even an athletic tight end like North Carolina State's George Bryan.
This is my pick to win the 2013 Super Bowl, all Gary Kubiak and the Texans management have to do is get out of their own way and nail the draft.
Most of the mock drafts have had the Houston Texans selecting Memphis Tigers nose tackle Dontari Poe to make their already great defense even better. However, offense has been a slight concern this season for the Texans, particularly at the wide receiver position which showed its lack of depth when Andre Johnson went down this season.
Sports Illustrated recognizes that and has the Texans selecting a wide receiver with their first round pick:
The Houston Texans draft spot is not yet solidified since they are still in the playoffs, so they will be picking anywhere from No. 26 to No. 32. Also, most of the mock drafts have the Texans taking Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe, however over at Walter Football they have the Texans taking a wide receiver with their first pick:
With USC's Matt Barkley and Oklahoma's Landry Jones returning for their senior seasons, one could wonder where an all-time great like Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum could land in the 2012 NFL Draft...the answer? No one really knows.
While some services have Keenum as high as the 10th-best quarterback, others have him as low as 16th. The fact of the matter is that some team will take a chance on Keenum in the later rounds. An interesting observation from the Washington Times would suggest that Keenum could definitely make a roster, at least as some team's backup QB:
But is this year’s resume enough to make Keenum a draft pick or at the very least get him on an NFL roster? Wes Bunting, the National Football Post’s director of college scouting, thinks so. He said that while Keenum doesn’t have the size and the arm strength to make all of the throws in the NFL, he has shown some improvement this year and as he gets older will get stronger and more precise. While it might not make him a starter, it should make him a quality backup.
It seems that the Cougars' lineage of QB's (Ware, Klingler, Kolb) aren't necessarily helping Keenum's cause, but its up to Case to prove his case once April rolls around.
For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, check out SB Nation site Mocking The Draft.
The Houston Texans are expected to take a defensive lineman with their first round pick. Over at CBS Sports they have a new 2012 NFL mock draft out by Dane Brugler and he has the Texans picking at Nol 27 and taking a nose tackle:
27. Houston Texans, Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: Shaun Cody has been a pleasant surprise, anchoring the middle of the three-man front and helping Houston hold opponents to 96.8 rush yards per game. However, depth is always needed and Poe gives Houston a nose tackle with rare movement skills for his size (6-5, 350) to plug holes and occupy multiple blockers.
The Texans selecting Poe is pretty much what every 2012 mock draft has as their pick at this point in the process.
More 2012 NFL mock drafts are starting to come out and the latest comes from CBS Sports' draft guru Rob Rang. Rang projects the Texans will be picking late in the first round at No. 26, and he has them taking Memphis Tiger nose/defensive tackle Dontari Poe:
No. 26 Houston Texans: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: The Texans have emerged as one of the NFL's best teams, but run defense remains a concern as the team doesn't have a dominant nose guard. Poe, at 6-5 and 350 pounds, possesses a rare combination of size, strength and athleticism and would surely intrigue the Texans and any other teams in search of a nose guard, should he leave Memphis early.
2012 NFL mock drafts are starting to come out and so far the Texans are looking at defense with their first pick.
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