March 22, 2018

Texans Seven Round Mock Draft, Part Deux

With Mike Kerns’ 7 round mock in the books, I definitely have to take a stab at the all elusive picks that possibly could happen for the Texans in April’s draft. By no mean do I know it all or say I do, but one thing is for certain I wish this draft would get here so we could stop talking about it. With that said….

There is a gut feeling I have that I can’t shake and that is the Texans will be faced with some serious choices on draft day, mainly because their potential targets will be gone before #26. I think Kendall Wright, Whitney Mercilus and others will be gone before the Texans pick, which will lead to some picks that will be best player available scenarios. It is hard to see the Texans reaching for some picks because they have learned the hard way from previous drafts.  But with everyone thinking offense will be the main focus on draft day, the teams with picks before Houston will send that plan into a tailspin. Take a look on what I think could be a nice outcome with these picks available.


Round 1, 26th Overall

When it comes to the Texans’ first round pick, they have to look for an immediate impact and a starter with this pick. The way the board falls, the Texans take Dont’a Hightower to line up next to Brian Cushing. With none of their targets left, the Texans find their replacement for DeMeco Ryans with Hightower. A downhill player, Hightower provides some serious play from the inside that will push Darryl Sharpton for the starting spot. The Texans can’t afford to wait to see if Sharpton gets 100% healthy.  With the addition of Hightower to the middle, they get a throwback linebacker who can do it all.


Round 2, 58th Overall

The Texans have been kicking the tires on Alameda Ta’Amu since the Senior Bowl and his ability at the nose tackle will make Texans linebackers happy. Ta’Amu will succeed in Wade Phillip’s one gap scheme and can cause a push to create issues in the backfield. The Texans couldn’t address the issue last season and used Shaun Cody as a stop-gap to this year.  With the addition of Ta’Amu, the Texans will be able to move Earl Mitchell to the defensive end position to provide depth. The Texans finally get their nose tackle of the future with Ta’Amu and solidify the defensive front for years to come.


Round 3, 76th overall

A straight athlete who has a story that few will believe, Bruce Irvin provides serious pass rush that will help the Texans off the edge. Irvin is a natural pass rusher who has serious speed off the edge and would be a situational pass rusher for the first few years in Houston. He will need time to develop and behind Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin, Irvin will do what he does best, rush. Throw in his skill set to contribute on special teams, the former high school wide receiver adds more speed to an already fast Texans defense.


4th Round, 99th Overall 

The small school tag doesn’t scare away the Texans and they get their defensive back in Trumaine “Tru” Johnson. Johnson is a big cornerback at 6’2″ but has the makings to be a safety at the NFL level.  This doesn’t matter, the Texans will make a choice with him when he gets into camp. His flexibility to play either position is intriguing and throw in his tackling and ball skills, Johnson is a steal early in the 4th round. Not to mention Johnson can contribute in the return game and was the lockdown corner for the Grizzlies.


4th Round, 121st Overall

The Texans finally take their first wide receiver with Marvin Jones, who is a good route runner and made an impression at the Senior Bowl. Running a 4.46 40-yard dash and having a good combine, Jones is a fluid athlete who is a good route runner. He can create after the catch and shows he has good hands when catching the ball.  He is the best wide receiver that fits the Texans mold. Adding him to learn behind Kevin Walter and Andre Johnson will allow Jones time to develop to be the team’s future #2 wide receiver.



5th Round, 161st Overall

If you forget, the Texans only have two quarterbacks on the current roster and with T.J. Yates young enough, Gary Kubiak can develop another quarterback for the future. B.J. Coleman out of Tennessee-Chattanooga fits what the Texans like in size and attributes of a quarterback. Scouts say Coleman is a film junkie and great teammate, all descriptions that fit Kubiak’s mold of quarterbacks. The Texans can’t wait to pick up an undrafted free agent and can’t roll the dice with a guy like that. Also, bringing in a veteran for one season on a league minimum deal would be going backwards, in my opinion, so it is time to get another young promising quarterback into the system. Coleman did not have stats that jumped off the page, but neither did T.J. Yates.


6th Round, 195th Overall

The steal of the class, Devon Wylie will be the slot receiver for the future of the Texans. Wylie provides speed and quickness out of the slot and can hit top speed in an instant. A decent route runner that can put pressure on defenses from the inside, not to mention he was an All-American as a punt returner, he excels in that part of the game. Once again, the Texans find a gem in the 6th that has the potential to catch plenty of footballs his rookie season.

7th Round, 233rd Overall

Kelvin Beachum played offensive tackle for the Mustangs since being at SMU. Undersized for an offensive tackle, he fits good into the Texans zone blocking scheme, and by kicking Beachum inside will take advantage of Beachum’s skill set. Beachum started 51 consecutive games for the Mustangs and has the burst and lateral quickness that is needed for the interior offensive lineman in the Texans zone scheme. His skill set will allow his transition to NFL guard to be an easy one and he will be given time to develop in the Texans scheme.


You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans and is a draft analyst on Sideline Scouting

2 Responses to “Texans Seven Round Mock Draft, Part Deux”
  1. Taco Joe says:

    WHAT WERE YOU THINKING you waited till the fourth to draft a WR #BLERG!

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