March 24, 2018

Texans Seven Round Mock Draft

With the 2013 NFL Draft almost here, we’ll take a look at the Houston Texans’ current roster and the holes left by the losses the Texans had in free agency. Currently, the Texans lost a safety in Glover Quin, an outside linebacker in Connor Barwin, and tight end James Casey who will need to be replaced. The Texans also have to look at getting a playmaking wide receiver to replace Kevin Walter who the Texans cut to create more cap space. The challenging part that most good teams experience is the balance of keeping their core players together while at the same time drafting young talent to step in when free agents leave. In my first mock, I tried to veer off of the normal path that most mocks have done while filling holes and adding depth. Here is my first Houston Texans Mock Draft.


Round 1

Pick no. 27

Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California

6’2 206 LBS



Allen has the prototypical height and size for the position, runs crisp routes and has lined up at three wide receiver positions. Has initial quickness and explosion off the line, isn’t a burner but can close the cushion between him and defender quickly. Has great run after the catch ability with quick yet smooth movements after the catch. Can change his speed when running routes to gain separation from defender and when he catches the ball always looks to get YAC. Allen is also a willing run blocker which is key for a wide receiver for the Texans.


Round 2

Pick no. 57

John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia

6’4 346 LBS


The Texans could really use a big space eater that can consistently require a double team and Jenkins provides that. Jenkins is a wide body that can clog up running lanes and push the pocket with his bull rush. He can take away double teams from JJ Watt and Antonio Smith while at the same time keeping blitzing linebackers clean. Has the phone booth quickness, but has lateral agility to make running backs string out plays while fighting off blockers. Jenkins and Mitchell would be a good rotation on the defensive line.


Round 3

Pick no. 89

Bacarri Rambo, Safety, Georgia

6’1 211 LBS


Georgia’s deep centerfielder is the epitome of ball hawk with 16 career interceptions and the ability to cover from sideline to sideline. Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo is an aggressive tackler, has great ball skills to track the ball, and takes good angles to make the tackle. He plays the free safety position but has the versatility to play either position for Coach Wade Phillips. With Ed Reed in the backfield, Rambo would be the perfect protégé’ to mold into the Texans next free safety when he retires.


Round 3

Pick no. 95

Zaviar Gooden, Linebacker, Missouri

6’2 234 LBS

 Will Ebner, Zaviar Gooden

 Gooden is a former safety turned linebacker.  He has good size for a linebacker but could stand to add another 6-10 lbs. He is an explosive athlete with burst and speed, closes quickly on run plays and is good in man coverage over tight ends. Is still raw and needs to be more polished in his zone drops in coverage, tends to take the wrong angle which makes him chase players. Will need to be more physical near the line of scrimmage, but can disengage when using proper hand usage. Gooden is the opposite of Cushing in terms of attacking the LOS; however, his strength lies in his ability to cover quick tight ends, which is what the Texans need.


Round 4

Pick no. 124

Matt Scott, Quarterback, Arizona

6’2 213 LBS

 Arizona v Stanford

Matt Scott is a dual threat quarterback that has big time arm talent. He has a quick release and can thread the needle in the tightest of coverage. Scott has the ability to move around in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Tends to throw the ball a bit high when pressured making his receivers vulnerable to big hits, but is willing to stand in the pocket and take hits to deliver the throw. Scott has all of the tools that are needed to be successful as a starting quarterback, yet he lacks ideal height and size. His lean build is somewhat of a concern seeing how he cannot take many big hits.  He will need to bulk up in order to hold up throughout an NFL season.


Round 5

Pick no. 160

Cornelius Washington, Defensive End, Georgia

6’4 265 LBS


Washington would be a good player to add much needed depth behind Brooks Reed and Whitney Mercilus. Washington was miscast at Georgia as a 3-4 defensive end that occasionally stood up to rush.  This didn’t cater to his strengths, but it allowed other players to profit from his ability to take on blockers. Washington has great size, speed and length for the position; however, he is best suited to rush from the edge as an outside linebacker. He showed flashes at times to flatten and get around the edge when standing up. Shows that he can hold the point of attack and set the edge making the play go back inside. With Connor Barwin gone, the Texans need someone who can come in with experience and rotate at outside linebacker. Washington can come in and fill that need.


Round 6

Pick no. 195

Hugh Thornton, Guard, Illinois

6’3 320 LBS


With Wade Smith’s contract ending soon and Antoine Caldwell likely gone, the Texans need to add interior line depth besides Ben Jones. The Texans don’t plan to make Jones the replacement for Smith, but rather continue to mold him to play behind Chris Myers. With this in mind, the Texans draft interior line depth with Thornton. Thornton is a tackle turned guard, with versatility to play either position. He started as a right tackle, was moved to guard, and played left tackle in his senior season. He has good mobility for a man of his size, has burst to get to the second level, uses his hands well possessing a powerful punch.  Thornton wrestled for Illinois which explains his nasty streak and helps him play with good leverage against larger players. With the Texans mixing in a bit of power to their zone blocking scheme, Thornton will serve well next to Brown as a replacement for Wade Smith.


Round 6

Pick no. 201

Brandon Magee, Linebacker, Arizona State

5’11 223 LBS


Brandon Magee was a senior leader on Arizona State’s football team in 2012, but prior to that he played in the shadow of Vontaze Burfict. Magee is instinctive, physical at the point of attack, and athletic. Despite his lack of size and length, Magee shows some punch and ability to shed larger blockers. He is a linebacker in the mold of Darryl Sharpton, just not as injury prone. Magee would provide depth in the linebacker corps and double as a special teams player to help a depleted group for Joe Marciano.


Round 7

Pick no. 233

Joseph Fauria, Tight End, UCLA

6’7 259 LBS


James Casey leaving for the Philadelphia Eagles left a void at the reserve tight end position and another opening on the special teams unit. The Texans could use some size at the tight end spot with Joel Dreessen gone, and add another red zone target. Fauria adds that dimension to the Texans offense. He is a tall athletic player with soft hands to pluck catches out of the air. Fauria is a smooth route runner with the ability to run after the catch, and has the athleticism to leap over defenders that try to tackle him low. Fauria will need to work on his blocking as he isn’t as physical as his size would indicate, but with long arms and large hands can be molded into a functional blocker.

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