John McClain, hold on to your heart! Despite a porous defense ruining last season, the Houston Texans will buck drafting for need and select the best player available in this week’s SB Nation Mock Draft. Yes, that’s right, Julio Jones is coming to town. (In our dreams.) Here’s what SB Nation has to say about this pick:
11. Houston Texans: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama. Yeah, Wade Phillips needs front seven talent for his new 3-4 defense. Gary Kubiak, however, is on his last legs – he needs the highest-impact player he can get. Pairing Jones with Andre Johnson would do wonders for an already potent Texans offense.
If there’s anywhere not on defense that the Texans would seem to need some young bodies, it would be wide receiver. Andre Johnson isn’t getting any younger, and Jacoby Jones bombed last year’s test as “all tools guy who stretches the field.” Kevin Walter and David Anderson are both stellar receivers, but none of them have the same kind of upside as Jones, who ran a 4.39 at the NFL Combine on a broken foot.
Of course, this pick will never happen with this Texans braintrust. Not in a million years. But you can’t stop us from dreaming about it.