Just in case you didn't know, SB Nation has a blog that is completed devoted to covering every angle of the NFL Draft. Mocking The Draft - in addition to having a pretty clever name - provides player profiles, draft related news and mock drafts in advance of the big weekend in April. Their latest mock draft just came out, and they have a pretty good player going at 11th overall to the Texans. Here is their rationale.
I am shocked with the way this mock has shaped up and the fact that a top 5 talent like Dareus is still available here. Dareus' versatility will allow Wade Phillips to use him all along the defensive front.
I really like the guys over at MTD, but this has always been a pet peeve of mine. They make the mock draft and then are "shocked" at how it turns out; like it isn't in their control. If you think Dareus is a player that should have gone in the top ten, then you should put him there. I've never once been surprised over the outcome of something I have complete and total control over. But I digress . . .
Dareus would be a good player for the Texans, likely serving as a defensive end in the team's new 3-4 scheme. But he also has the talent to play all across the defensive line in various schemes and packages. But like MTD, I don't think he'll be available when the Texans draft at 11th overall. He has too much talent to last this long, and I am confident that a team in the top ten will snatch him up. I'm pretty sure he wouldn't get past the Redskins at tenth overall, for example. But if he is there at 11, with all the trouble the Texans had on the defensive side of the ball last year, Dareus would be somewhat of a no-brainer.