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Houston Texans Mock Draft 2.0


With the Houston Texans finishing their season at 9-7 we move on to the offseason and one of the funnest times of the year. Offseason is draft season and man am I excited to get this underway! This is the second installment of many Houston Texan mock drafts, and will include all compensatory picks. You can see all of the Texans ten selections in Drew Dougherty’s article here.

Local Texan fanatic Erikson Ravey and I spent three hours talking about this Texans draft. It was not easy starting the draft so we went with a corner in one, and an inside linebacker in the other. Spliting the mock draft into two dfferent ones provides us with an idea of what we should expect to see in the later rounds, as well as see what would bring the best draft in all seven rounds, and not just value in the first. Assuming Devante Parker and Trae Waynes are not available, we believe the best overall draft for the Texans is one or a mix between these two drafts. This article is with a corner selection in round one. Enjoy!

Courtesy of draftseason.com

Courtesy of draftseason.com

Round 1(16th)  With the Texans first selection in the 2015 NFL draft they select…. Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. Kevin Johnson is continually rated the third to fourth cornerback in this draft, which I believe to be a mistake. Trae Waynes is the only player at this position who is deserving of a pick higher than this, and he is still not a sure thing. The cornerback position hardly ever is. Kevin Johnson is a 6’0” 188 pounds lean player who plays faster than his 40 time, a respectable 4.52. The main thing that impressed me with Johnson was his closing speed. He collapses on receivers very quickly and attacks the ball well. He has had 7 interceptions over three years, as well as 3 forced fumbles. He finds the ball well. The only parts of his game that need a little work is his physicality and discipline on down the field plays. He will be a solid first day selection who can be groomed into being the replacement to Jonathan Joseph, who is in his final year as a Texan.

 

Round 2(51st) Breshad Perriman, WR, UCF

Courtesy of nationalfootballpost.com

Courtesy of nationalfootballpost.com

This is my favorite player in this draft, and my favorite sleeper. In recent mock drafts I have seen him rise into the first round, however I believe more polished receivers(Jaelen Strong, Nelson Aghor) , and physical specimen (Dorial Green Beckham) will be taken above him which should push him to the Texans. Ranked somewhere in ­between 4­-6 for the top wide receivers, he has size a 6’2”, 212 lbs, and he has the stats. Over three years he has 115 catches, 50 coming this last season, and 2,243 yards, 1,044 this past year. He reminds me of someone who began his career as a great second option for the Chicago Bears named Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery came into the league more polished at route running, but that is something that I believe Perriman can pick up out in Houston. He also wont need to play immediately considering all the off season adds the Texans have made at this particular position. He does drop more than you would like, but if he learns to attack and work his way back to the ball better then I think that this is a fixable issue. The thing I like most is his speed does not get in the way of his physicality with the cornerback. He uses his body very well to himself for the tough catch. His catch radius is crazy big and he is the player I am most excited to see in the pros. Did I mention he ran a 4.25 4o time at his pro day? 

 

Round 3(82nd) Tre Flowers OLB\DE Arkansas

Courtesy of 5newsonline.com

Courtesy of 5newsonline.com

Unsure of his future position due to a lack of straight line speed, Flowers could fall to the third round. He projects as a 43 defensive end whose strengths include long, strong arms that help him laso ball carriers. If he falls to Houston in the third round they should add him to a deep linebacking corps. He should see third down reps depending on how hard he plays. High motor athlete with SEC pedigree on defense.

 

Round 4(116th) Cody Prewitt Safety Ole Miss

Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt scores a touchdown against Texas A&M on an interception on road to a dominant defensive effort. Courtesy of bigblueunited.com

Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt scores a touchdown against Texas A&M on an interception on road to a dominant defensive effort. Courtesy of bigblueunited.com

Hotty Toddy? Why not? Cody Prewitt is falling in drafts due to his lack of size, tight hips, and marginal physical attributes for NFL standards. He also is seen in tapes as having to build up to top speed instead of having an initial burst, something scouts feel is a necessity as an NFL safety. Here is the thing however, we are still talking about an all SEC defensive playmaker who led the best defense in college, has great experience and tape to support that he is going to be a steady center fielder, great at collapsing routes, and excels at reading routes. Excuse me, but for a fourth round pick, adding someone like Prewitt would go along way towards building a stronger defensive backfield for the future. Despite the signing of Rahim Moore this offseason, I believe that the Texans will still draft a safety, if Prewitt is available here he will be hard to pass up for Houston.

 

Round 5(152nd)

Blake Bell TE/Joker Oklahoma

Blake Bell (10), bulldozes his way into the endzone despite the efforts of three Longhorns. Courtesy of thequad.blogs.nytimes.com

 

Many people will remember Blake Bell as the Oklahoma battering ram in their goal line packages. While he played QB most of his life, he spent this last year as a tight end knowing that is his best shot at the pros. He is not shy to contact, and is a football player above all else. He is country strong and willing to block with hands that have been reliable. He has always been around the football and is hard working. His versatility is what I expect the Texans to target as they may be able to improve a red zone offense that slouched towards the end of the season. Blake Bell could give them a player to work with, possibly a quartbeack to groom ( kidding.. kidding ), and a weapon in the red zone who can throw and run like a truck. Read options inside the ten yard line or designed Quarterback plays could e the difference between a top ten and bottom ten red zone scoring offense. We know Bill O’Brien is not shy from having his QB’s run, just ask Ryan Fitzpatrick who was apart of a few designed runs. In reality, he is a fourth tight end and red zone weapon with upside and versatility. Not bad for a fifth round pick.

Round 5 (174th) John Crockett, RB, NDSU

Courtesy of valleynewslive.com

Courtesy of valleynewslive.com

Ranked somewhere around the 20th best running back in this class, Crockett has been productive for a team that wins and wins. He is 6’0” tall with a frame measuring in at 212 lbs. that he uses to his advantage. He runs to tall to utilize his size fully, but he is patient in hitting the hole. He hits it with speed near top speed and is extremely elusive for his size. He will not break many tackles, but has great jump cuts and control with the ball. An extra place he can contribute is in the return game averaging over 20 yards per return which is part of the texans game that has been lacking for sometime now. This is all to say he has the potential to be a strong number two, one who is comparable to Ben Tate from just a few years back, who has theability to fill the position in case of injury. He can be a solid three down back if needed, but suits the number two better and would love to see him go here.

Round 6(194)

Jesse James TE Penn State

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Another tight end in the middle rounds? Yes, another one. The Texans had the worst tight ends in terms of recieving yards and touchdowns in the entire NFL. Bill O’brien was supposed to bring the best out of them but with the lack of ability it appears that just is not going to happen. Last year’s third round pick CJ Fiedorowicz had a grand total of 4 catches for 28 yards and a touchdown. The group as a whole had 32 receptions for 313 yards and three scores. Clearly they need help here. Garrett Graham is hurt way too often with concussions and other injuries, it may be time to move on. Jesse James is a 6’7 tight end with a 254 pound frame and has actually been a threat in an offense before, unlike every tight end on the current roster. After Allen Robnson went into the NFL last year, James became Christian Hackenburg’s number one target this season and provided the safety blanket he needed. He is an underclassman, but if he declares for the draft, Houston should snatch him up. He accumulated 396 yards and three touchdowns on 38 catches last season. More than the Texans as a whole. He and Bill O’Brien are already familiar with each other as O’Brien was his former head coach at Penn State before his move to Houston.

 

Round 6(211th) Jacorey Shepherd CB Kansas

Courtesy of lombardiave.com

Courtesy of lombardiave.com

The cornerback from Kansas has alot of potential and ball skills, as evident in Matt Miller’s scouting report on Shepherd here:

Shepherd, who played wide receiver early in his career, has fluid hips and the feet to turn and run with wide receivers. He’s also big enough and physical enough to re-direct players at the line of scrimmage and hang with them through traffic in the early parts of a route. Shepherd doesn’t look like a Round 1 or 2 player, but he could slide into Round 3 if he performs well at the Senior Bowl.- Matt Miller Bleacher Report

Well after a solid senior bowl performance, Shepherd has actually flown under the radar as other high profile cornerbacks shot up draft boards. Jacorey has lost some of his flash in scouts eyes, but should be a more than solid addition here in the sixth.

 

Round 6(216th) Max Garcia Center Florida

Courtesy of gatorzone.com

Courtesy of gatorzone.com

A big 6’4 306 pound center from an SEC offensive lineman to provide competition to new center Ben Jones. With Houston releasing former Pro Bowler Chris Meyers this offseason, there is a bit of uncertainty at the center position. Ben Jones is the presumed starter, but Bill O’Brien loves some southern competition. Enter Garcia, who could have an impact like fellow 2014 Texan sixth round SEC draft picks Jay Prosch, Alfred Blue, and Jeoffery Pagan; who all spelled a starter at points of the season. He is limited athletically, and has trouble with his angles in the run game. He should provide good depth at a thin position for the Texans here in the sixth round.

 

Round 7(235) Donatella Luckett WR Harding 

Courtesy of arrowheadpride.com

Courtesy of arrowheadpride.com

At 6’0, 211 pounds, Luckett provides some good size for a 7th round wideout for the Texans. He crushed cushion coverages at Division 2, but this is the NFL now, so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the change. Really, this is a pick about potential, as Lucket has an NFL body and kick return experience that comes with his speed (4.37 40 time); something that could definitely help a Texan’s special team that finished near the bottom of the league last season in return categories.

Undrafted Free Agents to Look At:

Cole Stoudt QB Clemson

Bo Wallace QB Ole Miss

Detric Allen CB East Carolina

Justin Cox FS Missippi State

Sam Ficken K Penn State

Stayed tuned, Friday I will be releasing Mock Draft 3.0! Let me know what you think! Tweet who you think the Texans should draft and I will make a fan made mock draft with selections decided by you the readers!  Comment or tweet us @TexSR_Texans @TexSR_Peter

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