Battle Red Blog has a great read for anyone preparing for the NFL draft by looking at prospects who fit the mold that the Houston Texans look for in their receivers.â†µ
See, this is what I was saying about the mock drafts a while back. Not all of them consider system or need when they make selections. You, dear reader, can pick up quite a bit more than mockers if you know the team you root for and what they look for. You won't be surprised if they pass on a "consensus guy" to go with a player that fits better.â†µ
What does that receiver look like? Here's just a sample:â†µ
Due to the nature of this offense, wide receivers have to run consistently sharp and precise routes with the ability to find the soft spots in the defense. Play-design will help them create space from the defender to some degree, but separation comes from lateral quickness and the ability to make clean, quick cuts; that's more important than long-range quickness. In other words, look more at prospects' 3-cone drills instead of 40-yard dashes.â†µ
It's a very thorough article that's worth your time. It also reaches a conclusion that guys like Alshon Jeffery don't make a ton of sense for a lot of reasons while Nick Toon and Marvin McNutt do. The more and more I think about it, I'm leaning towards McNutt in the second or third round for Houston and a defensive player or lineman in the first round. Just seems to fit more needs and still get the kind of player that Houston would want.