You’re not gonna believe this, but it turns out that as the draft draws near, we get more and more mocks. This time, SB Nation’s Mocking The Draft provides a mock from Chris Steuber, who is the director of pro player personnel for the Georgia Force of the AFL. Who does he have joining the Texans in his two round mock? Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara and Baylor DT Phil Taylor.
We’ve been over Amukamara again and again. I’m fine with him at No. 11, though I’d rather take Robert Quinn and get some veterans to improve the secondary. We haven’t talked much about Taylor though, mostly because he’s not considered a prospect that should be in play at No. 11 overall. He’s going way before the Texans normally get a chance to take him at No. 42 in most drafts, but here he slides way down the board.
I would love Taylor as a second round pick: he fills a need position, and even though he’s sort of a one-year wonder, so was Dan Williams last year when the Texans passed on him. Would I take him over UCLA safety Rahim Moore? Probably not. But it’s not a completely asinine pick for the Texans, and it’s good to know that outsiders can see that Earl Mitchell, starting nose tackle, isn’t a dream that makes many of us happy.