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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Aldon Smith To Texans In SB Nation's Latest Mock

Another week, another uninspired pick of Aldon Smith for the Texans. Yes, it makes sense schematically. Yes, the kid has great pass rush potential. No, neither of those two things will help the Texans win games this year. But will it stop them from making him the pick if he’s there at #11? SB Nation’s Brian Galliford explains:

11. Houston Texans: Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri. Gary Kubiak has been hanging onto his job by the skin of his teeth for years. He needs a playoff berth – and to secure a playoff berth, the Texans need to give Wade Phillips talent for his 3-4 defense. Smith is a bit raw, but has dominant potential.

Those are two very factual sentences. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely that drafting Smith does much to save the jobs of those in the front office. Particularly when you consider that the Texans leave Robert Quinn and Da’Quan Bowers hanging around until later in this mock. But hey, at least the Texans have never been hurt by drafting for need before.


Uh huh…uh huh…so he was the worst starting cornerback in the NFL last year? I see. Same scenario. Right. Well don’t worry, I’m sure the raw Aldon Smith will be totally different.

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