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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Farrar Continues To Link Aldon Smith To Texans

Perhaps it’s just the massive head wound that I am now carrying from being bludgeoned with ideas that Missouri DE/OLB Aldon Smith would be a good pick for the Texans, but I think I’m starting to believe it. I also believe that the square root of x is Freaks And Geeks and that the best basketball player of all-time was John O’Hurley. Doug Farrar, what do you think?

Yes, the Texans desperately need secondary help, but job one for new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will be to help Houston’s beleaguered cornerbacks by getting them some pressure up front. Phillips will need the kind of edge rusher he had in San Diego with Shawne Merriman(notes) and in Dallas with DeMarcus Ware(notes). Phillips’ defense is often misclassified as a straight 3-4, when it’s actually based on a lot of 4-front principles. As such, the Texans need the kind of rush ends who can go after quarterbacks and still hold the point in different gap situations. Smith has the ability to line up in three very valuable positions — the 5-2 endbacker, the 4-3 end, and the five-tech in either front.

I see, well you’ve done some pretty thorough research as always. Perhaps drafting Aldon Smith at #11 wouldn’t be the end of the world, even if it is over Julio Jones AND Prince Amukamara.

(I actually really like Farrar’s writing, I just don’t think Smith has shown enough to contribute right away, which is a problem when your coach is going to be fired without a winning season.)

Now where was I? Ah yes, sitting down to watch a Youtube speed run of The Bouncer.

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