The Houston Texans are quickly becoming the Atlanta Falcons story in the AFC as a dominant regular season was wasted by a second consecutive departure from the playoffs in the Divisional Round. With a top 10 offense and defense, the Texans don't have many gaping holes on the roster, but could quickly have one if Shaun Cody enters free agency.
That's why Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn selected a potential replacement for Cody in the latest mock draft from SB Nation:
27. Houston Texans - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The Wade Phillips 3-4 defense has never really relied on massive nose tackles in the front, but John Jenkins makes sense in this scenario. Shaun Cody is a free agent and Earl Mitchell is a backup-only player. Phillips' defense is designed to put players in one-on-one matchups, but superstar end JJ Watt often saw double teams this season. A player like Jenkins could command double teams in the middle, freeing Watt up on the outside.
Attacking the Texans usually meant going through the air as they were No. 1 at stopping rushing touchdowns, but No. 26 in passing touchdowns allowed. While a nose tackle is typically a pick to help bolster run defense, Kadar notes that the Texans could use a player to free up J.J. Watt from double teams.
After transferring to Georgia from a community college, Jenkins finished 2012 with All-SEC Second Team honors and measures in at a huge 6-foot-3, 358 pounds.