The fun thing about the NFL Draft is that everyone is the same level of expert. Well, let me rephrase that. There are people who know more about all the prospects than others, but everyone has the same amount of authority when claiming which players a team will or will not draft. Even the professionals get most of their mock draft picks wrong. It's the nature of the business.
So even though we all have equal levels of expertise, there are still some people that we listen to more than others. I'm not sure if it is the hair, or the fact that he is constantly on ESPN yelling at me at this time of year, but Mel Kiper's mock draft continues to be a big deal (even though he staked his reputation on Jimmy Clausen last year and failed miserably). For some reason, his words seem more valuable than most. In his latest mock draft at ESPN (insiders only) he has the Texans taking Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. Here is his rationale.
I can see Houston looking here for a fit at outside linebacker as well -- and I expect some surprised Texans fans -- but Jones is a hunch call as a perfect option to take some of the pressure off Andre Johnson.
I'm not sure how to feel about this pick. Jones is a fantastic prospect and would look great next to Johnson, but there are other holes the Texans need to fill before WR. I guess the problem is that there are no players at other positions of need who represent good value still available when the Texans draft in Kiper's mock. If that does turn out to be the case, than I guess taking the best available player on the board (if that is in fact Julio Jones) might just be a good idea.