Apr 27, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans first round draft pick defensive end Whitney Mercilus of Illinois and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips pose for a photo during a press conference at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NFL Draft: Texans Load Up On Defense, Wide Receivers In Draft

Thanks to savvy trading, the Texans have five picks on Saturday, including three in the fourth round.

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2012 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Sign Five Picks

The Houston Texans are still working on deals for their top three selections, but the other five have signed with the team, according to longtime NFL writer John McClain at the Houston Chronicle.

Jones is an offensive lineman out of Georgia that could see some playing time in his rookie year. The Texans addressed their needs at the wide receiver position by taking Posey and Martin, both of which should be interesting new weapons for quarterback Matt Schaub.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Has Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel In First Round

While a 2013 mock draft written before the 2012 season is on some level an exercise in futility, it does give a glimpse into what college players could emerge as game-changing stars this season.

One such player could be Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel, who ESPN Insider Todd McShay projects as a late-first round pick in his first 2013 mock draft.

Joeckel, a 6'6 310 offensive tackle, has lived up to all the hype that accompanied his recruitment to College Station in 2009 as one of the top high school prospects in the country. He was the rare offensive lineman to contribute immediately as a true freshman, and as a sophomore, he was an All Big 12 second-team selection.

After protecting Ryan Tannehill's blindside over the last two seasons, Joeckel will be tasked with helping the Aggies break in a new QB as they enter the SEC in 2012.

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Top NFL Rookie Free Agent Signings: Texans Land Loni Fangupo

The popular undrafted rookie free agent signing in town is obviously the signing of Houston Cougars legend Case Keenum. But the truth is, Keenum is likely to be the third-string quarterback and if Texans fans are hopeful, he won't see the field after preseason action.

For the National Football Post's money, picking up BYU defensive tackle Loni Fangupo is not only the Texans' best rookie free agent signing, but it's among the best in the league. This from the Post regarding the Fangupo signing:

A naturally strong kid with a great attitude and work rate. Needs to improve pad level, but has the kind of natural power and work ethic to make it with some time.

Fangupo could be a late bloomer in the NFL, since he bounced around a bit in college, going from a community college in San Antonio, to USC then to BYU. But he should be able to find a role in the 3-4 scheme.

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2012 NFL Draft Results: Whitney Mercilus To Texans Among Best Fits In First Round

Since the main focus for the Houston Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft was replacing Mario Williams, it's only fitting that landing a pass rusher late in the first round was exactly what the team was hoping for.

ESPN.com's Jeff Chadiha sees this marriage working and compared the 6-foot-3, 260 pound Whitney Mercilus to Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers. Smith is also a former college defensive end who made the transition to playing the 3-4 pass rushing scheme last season.

This from Chadiha:

Mercilus may have been a one-dimensional defensive end at Illinois, but that one dimension -- pass-rushing -- is exactly what the Texans needed. They already have a coach (defensive coordinator Wade Phillips) who knows how to turn undersized college defensive ends into dominant pass-rushing outside linebackers.

Mercilus also has exactly the kind of résumé that should make Phillips' job much easier. Mercilus made his name in college by leading the country in sacks (16) and forced fumbles (nine) as a junior last fall. He wasn't much of a threat against the run, but the Texans won't be as concerned about that early in his career.

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Texans Select Jelani Jenkins

The Houston Texans are taking Florida Gators linebacker Jelani Jenkins in the 2013 NFL Mock Draft, according to SB Nation's very own Mocking the Draft. Over the last year, since acquiring Wade Phillips as the defensive coordinator and him implementing the 3-4 defense, the Texans have truly been transformed on that side of the ball.

That's why they looked to replace Mario Williams in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by selecting Whitney Mercilus. Jenkins started 12 games at weakside linebacker for the Gators in 2011. He finished third on the team in tackles with 75, second in breakups with six and recorded two sacks for a total loss of 20 yards.

Jenkins also has experience playing middle linebackers, so he could play inside for the Texans if the stars were to align in such a way.

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2012 NFL Draft: SB Nation Grades The Houston Texas

The Houston Texans targeted a replacement for Mario Williams with their first-round pick Whitney Mercilus, and for that selection and the rest of their draft, they earned a B- grade from the SB Nation roundtable.

While the pick of Mercilus received positive feedback, the group was not too high on the receivers the Texans selected to line up opposite of Andre Johnson.

The sense of the division as a whole was that running backs will dominate the offense for all four teams in 2012.

For more on the Texans' choices as well as the rest of the NFC South's draft, check out the video below.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Texans Build Within The Trenches, Receive B- Grade

SB Nation NFL contributor Joel Thorman gives the Houston Texans B- Grade, as the Whitney Mercilus pick doesn't evoke a ton of enthusiasm:

Houston Texans: B-

If not for a couple of their mid-round picks, I'd probably be giving them a C. I'm not a huge fan of the Whitney Mercilus pick because he doesn't have multiple years of good production in college, even if he does have a high ceiling. Brandon Brooks in Round 3 and Ben Jones in Round 4 was good value. That'll add depth as the Texans continue to remake their offensive line after free agency killed it.

The intrigue of the Texans draft will come from what happens with the wide receiver selections of DeVier Posey and Keshawn Martin, as its possible that both could be serving as the team's No. 2 and No. 3 receiver sooner rather than later.

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Texans Undrafted Free Agents 2012: Houston Has Signed 9 So Far

The Houston Texans are like most teams and are feverishly signing players that did not get drafted. The Texans have already signed Case Keenum to a deal and as of now eight other players to free agent deals. The selections continue to favor the wide receiver and defensive positions.

Desmond Marrow, FS, Toledo - He is injury prone as he missed the 2007 and 2009 seasons with injury, but he was the No. 1 cornerback for the Toledo Rockets his senior season and had 15 pass break ups, three interceptions and 83 total tackles.

Jerrell Jackson, WR, Missouri - Jackson saw action in 11 games and was fifth on the team in receiving with 222 yards and one touchdown, but he did average 13.1 yards per reception.

• Shawn Loiseau, LB, Merrimack - Loiseau went to the small Northeast Conference school due to a fight out of high school which scared larger schools away. At his time at Merrimack he showed NFL-like skills and is an explosive player who can excel in multiple defensive sets.

• DJ Bryant, DE, James Madison - Bryant was a three-year starter and earned all-conference honors as a senior after totaling 48 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

Logan Brock, TE, TCU - Brook was a 2011 honorable Mountain West all-conference player while hauling in 11 receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns.

• Mario Louis, WR, Grambling State - Louis had a great senior year at Grambling by catching 51 passes for 1,129 yards and scored 18 touchdowns en route to the league championship. He is a fast wide receiver with a 4.56, 40-yard dash and a 36 inch vertical.

• Nate Menkin, OT, Mary Hardin-Baylor - Menkin was named to the 2011 All-Southwest Conference first team and lineman of the year. He also was named to the Associated Press Little All-America second team while leading a offensive line in a rushing attack that averaged 291yards per game.

Davin Meggett, RB, Maryland - Megget has been compared to Jacquizz Rodgers as they both rely on vision and small size to sneak through the defense until they get a seam to break out. At Maryland Megget shared time in the backfield and in his senior year he rushed for 896 yards and four touchdowns.

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Former Houston QB Case Keenum Signs As Undrafted Free Agent With Texans

Record setting Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum was not taken in the 2012 NFL Draft, but the Houston Texans have signed him as an undrafted free agent. Keenum joins Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates on the roster as the quarterbacks and he will be battling with Yates for the backup position.

Keenum made an impression on head coach Gary Kubiak from a tryout from local Houston-area players, and Kubiak must have liked what he saw in Keenum at the tryout to give him a chance.

Undrafted free agents typically do not make the final 53-man roster, but in college Keenum was only the all-time NCAA leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions.

Keenum was expected to be a late-round draft pick at best, so seeing him sign on as a free agent is not a surprise.

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2012 NFL Draft: Texans Take Tackle Nick Mondek In Sixth Round

The Houston Texans continued to focus on the offensive line Saturday, taking Purdue tackle Nick Mondek with the 195th overall selection. Mondek is the third offensive lineman the Texans have taken in the 2012 draft, after selecting Miami (OH) guard Brandon Brooks at no. 76 and Georgia center Ben Jones at no. 99.

Mondek is a 6-foot-5, 307 pounder from Naperville, Illinois who came to Purdue as a defensive tackle, but was switched to the O-line before the 2010 season. He started all 12 games at right tackle in 2010, then started 13 games at guard in 2011, but wasn't expected to be a draft pick until Purdue's pro day, when Mondek posted a 4.84 40 time along with impressive bench and cone drill numbers.

His Twitter handle is @Mondek62, and there's video of his workout and way more on his Boilermaker career at Hammer & Rails.

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2012 NFL Draft Update: Texans Select Randy Bullock, Kicker From Texas A&M

The Houston Texans entered the 2012 NFL Draft without a kicker on their roster, after Neil Rackers signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. The Texans looked to the draft to address their vacancy Saturday, selecting Randy Bullock from Texas A&M in the fifth round with the 161st overall pick.

In 2011, Bullock won the Lou Groza award as the nation's preeminent placekicker, along with consensus first-team All-American honors. During Bullock's senior season he was 25-of-29 on field goal attempts and made all of his 51 extra point tries. His 127 points scored in 2011 was one short of the Texas A&M record set by Joel Hunt way back in 1927, when the in-play dropkick was a viable strategy.

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2012 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Defend Jared Crick's Injury Concerns

Jared Crick was in the process of impressing NFL scouts and dominating Big 10 offenses during his senior season at Nebraska before his Cornhusker career ended with a torn pectoral muscle. His draft stock slid despite leading Nebraska with 20 career sacks with concerns over his durability in the pros. However, the Texans feel confident he's capable enough to work alongside J.J. Watt on the defensive line in Houston.

Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar took the podium in Houston (see the replay here) to address Crick, and drew comparisons to the production level of Ndamukong Suh:

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NFL Draft Results 2012: The Houston Texans Select Jared Crick At No. 126

With the 126th pick in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected Jared Crick, a defensive tackle from the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Crick comes to the Texans as one of the most accomplished Cornhusker lineman in program history.

In a 2011 season that ended after just five games due to injury, Crick had 22 tackles and one sack. Over his career at Nebraska, he made 167 total tackles with 20 sacks and three fumble recoveries. His awards over his career include being First Team All-Big 12 in 2009 and 2010 and being named to Rivals.com First Team All-America in 2010.

Crick and first-round selection Whitney Mercilus will be asked to replace former No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams who was signed by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in the offseason.

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NFL Draft Results 2012: The Houston Texans Select Keshawn Martin At No. 121

With the No. 121 pick in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected Keshawn Martin, an explosive wide receiver who could push for a starting spot immediately after a fine career for the Michigan State Spartans.

Martin was expected to come off the board possibly a round earlier, and the Texans have now added a potential big play receiver on the outside with DeVier Posey and on the inside with Martin to go along with the league's best wide receiver in Andre Johnson.

The Texans still have three picks remaining in the 4th and 5th rounds and none remaining for rounds 6 and 7. Where will the Texans go next? We'll find out with the 126th pick coming soon.

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Houston Texans Select Georgia Center Ben Jones With 99th Pick

With the 99th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected Ben Jones, center from the Georgia Bulldogs. These NFL Draft 2012 results go against the projections for Jones, whom many scouts and evaluators felt could be a second-third round selection.

Jones will be in a position to possibly be able to start for the Texans as a rookie. Some of rated Jones as the second best center in the draft, and as an All-SEC center was a starter for the Bulldogs as a freshman.

The Houston Texans' have four picks remaining thus far in the draft, their next pick will be the 121st selection in the 4th round.

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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Houston Texans Earn "C" Through 3rd Round

The Houston Texans came into the 2012 NFL Draft relatively healthy, but certainly there were places the team hoped to address in the first three rounds. Whitney Mercilus gives the team another pass rusher in the absence of Mario Williams, who bolted to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, but the Texans have yet to address right tackle after Eric Winston left. That earns them a "C" grade from SB Nation's Joel Thorman after day two.

Thorman writes, "Whitney Mercilus has some boom-or-bust question marks. No 2nd round pick. Brandon Brooks was a rising offensive lineman, who didn't attend the Combine."

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VIDEO: AFC South Day Two Grades For 2012 NFL Draft

The AFC South is an upside-down division that should be rather easy for the Houston Texans to lay claim to once again in 2012 if they are able to stay healthy and the rest of their competitors fail to surprise. The Indianapolis Colts have a long rebuilding project ahead, and the Jags just drafted a punter in the third round. The Titans are solid, but the Texans remain the powerhouse of the division. So how are the teams drafting to potentially change that landscape? Here's SB Nation's draft grades from day two:

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2012 NFL Draft: Houston Texans Have Five Picks On Saturday

The Houston Texans have made three picks in the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft, and are in line to add more talent on Saturday, as Houston holds five picks on Saturday -- including four in the fourth round.

Houston's first pick on Saturday, barring a trade, will come early, as Gary Kubiak has the fourth pick of the fourth round -- No. 99 overall. Kubiak also has the No. 26 and 31 pick in the fourth round as well, and there could be plenty of value to be had.

As always, teams play the draft close to the vest, and it's unknown what Kubiak will target with the pick, but more offensive weapons for Matt Schaub seems like a distinct possibility.

Here's a full list of Houston's picks on day three of the 2012 NFL Draft:

Round 4, Pick 4 (99)
Round 4, Pick 26 (121)
Round 4, Pick 31 (126)
Round 5, Pick 26 (161)
Round 6, Pick 25 (195)

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Houston Texans Draft Picks 2012: Texans Have Three Fourth Round Picks

The Houston Texans have added talent on both sides of the ball so far in the 2012 NFL Draft, and with three picks in the fourth round, the Texans are in great position to further replenish the talent on Houston's roster.

In a bit of a surprise move, the Texans focused on defense in the first round, selecting Whitney Mercilus, a defensive end from Illinois. Mercilus may line up at outside linebacker as well, and is an excellent pass rusher who should help fill the void left by Mario Williams.

Houston had to wait awhile to make another selection, as the Texans did not have a second round pick. With the fifth pick in the third round, the Texans addressed a need at wide receiver by drafting DeVier Posey from Ohio State. Gary Kubiak bolstered the offensive line in the third round as well, drafting guard Brandon Brooks from Miami Ohio.

For ease of reference, here's a list of Houston's selections in the 2012 NFL Draft:

Round 1, Pick 26 (26): Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
Round 3, Pick 5 (68): DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Round 3, Pick 13 (76): Brandon Brooks, G, Miami Ohio
Round 4, Pick 4 (99)
Round 4, Pick 26 (121)
Round 4, Pick 31 (126)
Round 5, Pick 26 (161)
Round 6, Pick 25 (195)

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The 2012 NFL Draft is set to finally conclude on Saturday, as rounds four through seven will be held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Football fans looking to catch the final rounds of this year's draft better tune in much earlier than they have the past couple of days, as the fourth round of the draft is set to begin at 12 p.m. in New York, 11 a.m. locally for Houston residents.

Barring any trades, the Texans currently own three picks in the fourth round, with picks No. 4, No. 26 and No. 31. Houston holds pick No. 26 in the fifth round, and pick No. 25 in the sixth round. The Texans do not have a seventh round pick headed into Saturday.

Below is all the information you'll need to catch rounds four through seven of the NFL draft.

Start Time: The fourth round will begin at noon in New York, 11 a.m. locally for Houston residents.

TV Coverage: Both ESPN and NFL Network will carry rounds four through seven live.

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Whitney Mercilus: "I'm Here To Contribute"

As the 2012 NFL Draft inched closer, there was a growing sense that the Houston Texans were looking to find a player who could fill Mario Williams' role in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense but at a much cheaper price, of course.

The Texans landed their man Thursday night with the 26th over all pick in the draft where they picked up Whitney Mercilus from the Illinois Fighting Illini.

It only took one breakout year, with Mercilus leading the the nation in sacks with 16 and forcing nine fumbles last season. That's all Phillips needed to see to see. And Mercilus is confident one, himself.

"I think I've proven myself to move well in space during the combine and also at my pro day," Mercilus said. "I'm here to contribute and be a part of something great here."

"The thing is, I got it last year. When I was given the opportunity to be the starter, I took advantage of it and definitely broke out in 2011. Now, coming up to this level, I feel like I can do the same things. I'm going to prove my worth and get started right away to prove those negative stereotypes wrong."

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NFL Draft 2012: Houston Texans Select Brandon Brooks At No. 76

With the No. 76 pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans have selected Brandon Brooks, a very versatile offensive lineman who can play all over the line from the Miami RedHawks. Brooks was expected to be a late second round pick so these results are somewhat surprising. However, Brooks was not invited to the combine, so in a sense he was overlooked in that process.

Brooks played 45 games for the Redhawks during his five years of time with Miami, playing left tackle and guard as well as right guard for a while in 2010.

The Texans next pick will be the No. 99 overall selection in the fourth round.

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NFL Draft 2012: Houston Texans Select Ohio State WR DeVier Posey At No. 68

With the No. 68 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected DeVier Posey, wide receiver from the Ohio St. Buckeyes. Posey was only able to suit up for three games during his senior campaign after injuries and a key suspension derailed his final collegiate season.

The 6-foot-two, 213 pound Posey hauled in 136 passes for 1,955 yards with 18 touchdowns in four years with the Buckeyes. The No. 18 wide receiver available according to Mocking The Draft, Posey "displays good playmaking ability when the ball is consistently coming his way," and "excels on comeback routes and shallow crossing patterns."

A proven weapon in the right system, Posey's playmaking ability represents a much-needed upgrade for the Texans receiving corps. The hope is also to groom Posey to be a compliment to Andre Johnson.

The Texans's next pick is the No. 76 selection in the third round.

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2012 NFL Draft: Texans Trade Second Round Pick To Buccaneers

The Houston Texans previously held the No. 58 overall pick, but they decided to make a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Texans traded the No. 58 pick and their seventh-round pick which is 233rd overall to the Bucs in exchange for the No. 68 pick and their fourth-round selection which is the No. 126 pick.

The move now leaves the Texans with no second round pick and their next pick will come at the newly acquired No. 68 pick from the Bucs. The Texans are moving back since they are looking to gain value and not reach for the player they may have taken at No. 58 since he should be there at No. 68.

The Bucs used the 58th pick to go ahead and select Nebraska Cornhusker linebacker Lavonte David.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Texans Select Mohamed Sanu In PFT's Latest

The Houston Texans already selected a pass rusher in Whitney Mercilus in the first round to help replace the void that Mario Williams left when he bolted for the Buffalo Bills this offseason. Now they could seek to land another playmaker opposite Andre Johnson in the passing attack in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Pro Football Talk has their second round mock out and the choice for the Texans is Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers.

Evan Silva writes, "Sanu is a sure-handed, chain-moving possession threat." It's a short description, but he would be a solid addition for the Texans offense. Wes Bunting of the National Football Post likens him to Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants and writes, "Isn't as NFL ready [as Nicks], but can go get the football, breakdown and separate on all levels of the field. Looks like a future NFL starter who might need some time, but the talent is most definitely there."

The Texans have pick No. 58 overall as their next on the board.

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NFL Draft Grades: Houston Texans Earn A 'C' For Whitney Mercilus

The NFL team at SB Nation has already compiled a way too early set of grades for the 2012 NFL Draft after just the first round (hey, that's why it's called a 'way too early' grade), and the Houston Texans earned a middling 'C' for their pick of Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus:

Texans: Whitney Mercilus had a solid senior season, but not much prior to that. Boom-or-bust type of pick here but Houston has the personnel to make it work.

The rest of the AFC south not named Indianapolis was considered fairly mediocre. The Jaguars were also given a 'C' grade for what was perceived as an oever-reach for wideout Justin Blackmon, while the Titans earned a 'B' for taking Baylor receiver Kendall Wright. The no-brainer overall pick of Luck predictably earned an 'A,' but there's a whole, whole lot of Draft left for these grades to change.

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NFL Draft 2012: Whitney Mercilus Expected To Contribute To Texans Immediately

The Houston Chronicle caught up with the Houston Texans' first round pick, Whitney Mercilus, as well as his new coaching staff, including defensive coordinator Wade Philips. Mercilus was compared to 2011 second round pick Brooke Reed by Phillips, who says that Mercilus is no "project" player and will contribute right away:

"He’s more used to using his hands than Brooks was, and he’s a really good football player," Phillips said. "By the end of the year, Brooks and J. J. were dominant players. This kid will fit right in with them."

Mercilus became a full-time starter in his final season as a junior, and graduated college early with a 3.0 GPA to prepare for the NFL Draft to help his family. Mercilus is the son of Haitian immigrants. The bulk of his stats come from a single season, something the Texans could be criticized for in gambling with a first round pick. But Mercilus expressed excitement at working in a Houston defensive system suited to his strengths:

"I’m super excited," he said. "I can’t wait to be part of the Houston Texans’ system. It’s unbelievable. I’m looking to learn (but) to contribute right away."

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NFL Round Two Mock Draft 2012: Houston Texans Projected To Draft Bobby Massie

The Houston Texans shocked some - at least the large majority of journalists, bloggers and fans who assemble mock drafts - by forgoing a wide receiver in the first round to fortify their defense with Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus. Now, with their next pick in the second round (No. 58 overall), SB Nation's round two mock draft has them filling a need on the offensive line:

58. Houston Texans - Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss

First-round pick: Whitney Mercilus, DE

After cutting Eric Winston this offseason, the Texans have a big need on the right side of their line. Massie is one of the draft's better right side blockers and is agile enough to play in a zone scheme.

It's not the sexiest of moves, but Massie was a highly effective right tackle at Ole Miss and is considered a plug-and-play rookie after three years in the SEC. If this pick comes true, Houston's clearly drafting for need above all else.

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Whitney Mercilus Projected To Play Linebacker For Houston Texans

The Houston Texans' first round pick, Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, will likely be moved to outside linebacker in the same manner that defensive coordinator Wade Phillips modified playmaker Mario Williams in the 3-4 scheme. Mercilus led the nation with 16 sacks in 2011, including nine forced fumbles.

It's now apparent that the Texans were looking more for a replacement for Williams than a receiver to put opposite of Andre Johnson. CBS is reporting that Phillips has confirmed Mercilus will move to the linebacking corps, and the Illni star would've been a household name had he not declared after his junior season:

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said that Mercilus would have been a top 10 selection next April had he stayed in school and played at the level he did last year, when he recorded 16 sacks.

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Houston Texans Select Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus 26th Overall

After making their first playoff appearance in franchise history, the Houston Texans immediately lost stud defensive end Mario Williams to the Buffalo Bills in free agency. The Texans hope they have found a replacement in Illinois junior Whitney Mercilus, who they made the 26th overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft Thursday night.

Mercilus was a bright spot in an otherwise sordid Illini season, winning the Ted Hendricks Award--awarded to the nation's top defensive end--and first-team All-America honors. The 6-foot-4, 260 pound Ohio native led the country in both sacks (16) and forced fumbles (9) in 2011. All of this happened after Mercilus lost the tip of his left index finger in a weight room accident last offseason.

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NFL Draft Order 2012: The Houston Texans Will Pick 26th In Tonight's First Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is only a few hours away and the Houston Texans have the 26th pick in tonight's first round. Here is a complete look at the first round draft order which kicks off at 7:00 PM CST on ESPN.

NFL DRAFT 2012 - FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

  1. Indianapolis Colts
  2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams)
  3. Minnesota Vikings
  4. Cleveland Browns
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins)
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars
  8. Miami Dolphins
  9. Carolina Panthers
  10. Buffalo Bills
  11. Kansas City Chiefs
  12. Seattle Seahawks
  13. Arizona Cardinals
  14. Dallas Cowboys
  15. Philadelphia Eagles
  16. New York Jets
  17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)
  18. San Diego Chargers
  19. Chicago Bears
  20. Tennessee Titans
  21. Cincinnati Bengals
  22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons)
  23. Detroit Lions
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Denver Broncos
  26. Houston Texans
  27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints)
  28. Green Bay Packers
  29. Baltimore Ravens
  30. San Francisco 49ers
  31. New England Patriots
  32. New York Giants
*NFL Draft 2012 order courtesy NFL.com.

Read more about the Texans at the Battle Red Blog. Also check out Mocking The Draft. Prospect profiles can be found at the National Football Post. Visit SB Nation's NFL Draft hub for more coverage.

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2012 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, Start Time And More

The future of the Houston Texans begins Thursday night in New York City, where the defending AFC South Champions are expected to add to their offensive arsenal in the first round, likely putting a receiver opposite Andre Johnson with the 26th overall pick.

Most draft analysts have been in agreement as to the position the Texans will take, but there's been a ton of debate as to which wideout Houston ultimately takes - Baylor's Kendall Wright, LSU's Rueben Randle and Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill are the favorites among analysts. One potential surprise? In his final mock draft on Wednesday, the NFL's Network's Mike Mayock projected the Texans taking Stanford tight end Coby Fleener.

Date / Time: Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. ET

Location: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York

TV: ESPN, NFL Network

Radio: Sirius / XM NFL Network

For more information on the Houston Texans and the 2012 NFL Draft, check out Mocking The Draft, SB Nation's NFL page and Battle Red Blog.

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