Texans War Room: #MockFour
This is all for fun and gives a decent insight on what could happen in a War Room for a NFL Team. Yes, there are numerous hours that go into what NFL teams do and this is in no way to show up the hard work those NFL teams do to make their respective teams better. Here is our fun with the upcoming draft.
We will keep this updated as the draft progresses.
Sitting on Twitter one evening, I received a random tweet from @365FantasyFBall to join him and @Jason_Madson on a Twitter NFL Draft with the upcoming prospects on a site called Mock One. The site is run by Brandon Nall who does great work keeping up with all of this mass information. This is the 4th installment and all 7 rounds are played out accordingly. There are trades and analysis of each pick, and has been a little taxing on the brain. I am currently the assistant G.M. and get to throw my two cents in to our G.M. @365FantasyFBall.
I decided to track the draft of the Texans through this #MockFour Draft as we go through the process. Here is the rundown.
Start of the Draft: Texans Picks.
1.26 (26th overall) , 2.26 (58th overall), 3.13 (76th overall), 4.4 (99th overall), 4.26 (121th overall), 5.26 (161st overall), 6.26 (195th overall) , 7.26 (233rd overall)
So early in the draft there was a thought of trading up to get wide receiver Michael Floyd of Notre Dame to fill the need to help the receiver corps for years to come, but with some logical talk we decided to sit and wait. With the board moving quick, the thought of drafting Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw (OLB) was a strong possibility, but then the emails for trade offers came in. There were two teams who came with offers, the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.
The offers were solid and both had their pluses but at the end of the day the Eagles had an offer we could not refuse.
Eagles Get: #26 overall (Chose Courtney Upshaw) and the 7th round pick (#233 overall)
Texans Get: #46 overall, #104 overall, #114 overall, #172 overall
So the Texans’ picks look like this heading into the second round
2.14 (46th overall), 2.26 (58th overall), 3.13 (76th overall), 4.4 (99th overall), 4.9 (104th overall) 4.19 (114th overall), 4.26 (121st overall), 5.26 (161st overall), 6.02 (172nd overall), 6.26 (195th overall)
* the 104th overall came from the Panthers in a trade with the Eagles.
Second Round Starts
There is plenty of action going on at the start of round 2. We have our sights set on about Six players heading into the 46th overall pick. Boise State’s Shea McClellin (OLB), Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler (G) and Midwestern State’s Amini Silatolu (G) were in our sights heading into this pick. Also, we have Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu (WR), Appalachian State’s Brian Quick (WR) and Arizona’s Juron Criner (WR) were also apart of our target group of players. McClellin, Zeitler and Silatolu were all gone before our pick. This pick ultimately who is the most pro ready and could turn into a potential #2 target for the Texans down the line. With our multiple picks from our trade out of the first round with the Eagles, we felt we could go ahead and get our wide receiver. It was a tough choice but in the end.
The 46th overall pick by the Texans is:
The Junior Wide Receiver is the Big East’s all time leading wide receiver with 210 and posted 115 receptions and 1,206 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns his junior season. Not considered a deep threat, Sanu has great ability to sit in zones and go across the middle when needed. With his decent frame he fits into what Gary Kubiak likes with his wide receivers. Sanu will provide some good depth to learn behind Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter and become a vital piece of the Texans offense for years to come. He is a solid pick and makes the most sense for that the Texans would be looking for. A polished wide receiver that can contribute from day 1.
With our next pick at 58th overall we actually had this guy pegged from the beginning of the round. We decided to look defense and find the next best pass rusher on the board. The loss of Mario Williams warrants this pick and adds to another need taken care of.
The 58th overall pick by the Texans is:
One of the more physically gifted players in the NFL draft, “The Hammer”, Ronnell Lewis is one strong individual. With 36 reps on the bench press at the NFL combine, added with a 4.68 40-yard dash, Lewis has the makings for a solid outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme for years to come. He played defensive end at Oklahoma after being recruited as an outside linebacker, and Lewis will provide the Texans some good depth behind starters Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. Not considered a quick twitch player, Lewis provides strength at the point of attack, but he will need to work on his pass rushing skills to be productive in that department at the next level. His raw ability it too good to pass on, and with Wade Phillips and Reggie Herring (LB Coach) coaching him the sky is the limit.
With both the wide receiver and outside linebacker position taken care of, we have to turn our sights to your 3rd round selection, 76th overall. Our targets are Cal’s Mitchell Schwartz (OT), Mychal Kendircks (ILB), and Alabama’s Josh Chapman (DT) all three were taken off the board before we had a chance to think about it. With our top of the board vanishing and four, 4th round selections coming up we decided to take a chance on a defensive back.
The 76th overall pick by the Texans is:
One of our favorite prospects in the NFL draft, Johnson has the ability to play cornerback, safety and kick returner. The Texans lost Jason Allen (CB) to free agency to Cincinnati and there is nothing wrong in the NFL with stocking up in the secondary position. Not expected to start defensively he will be given time to adjust to the game at whatever position the team chooses for him. Johnson gives the Texans the flexibility to play him at any of the secondary positions and use him on special teams from day 1, and his skill set is good enough for a man or zone scheme. Matching him up against bigger tight ends could be a matchup that could only make the Texans defense that much better. Also add the fact he can return kick and punts makes the Texans roster that much deeper in talent. His talent was too good to pass up in this round.
So with the 4th round closing in we had four total picks for the round and we went in with a list of about 20 names which could possibly fit into our scheme for the Texans. We already pegged one position we were going to pick for the 2nd pick of ours in the round, our wide receiver to go with Sanu and put some heat on Jacoby Jones.
So the good thing about Bergstrom he was 1st Team All-Pac 12 and started all 12 games at right tackle for the Utes. Even better is the fact he can play either tackle or the guard position which makes him that much more appealing. A little older prospect than most, Bergstrom is considered a safe pick who could be a future starter or reliable back up early on in his career. He has a knack for getting to the second level and made himself a reliable pass protector. He does everything well and his ability to play any position makes him the pick.
So the round speeds up….
The 104th overall pick by the Texans is:
This is the guy we had targeted since round 3 at this spot, and it came true. Talk about one of the more “electric” players in the draft, Adams here is a great value pick. He will be the slot wide receiver for the Texans and push for punt return duties on opening day. Adams is a tough player for his size, but he has the ability to be a game changer is which the Texans desperately need. He should be the starter with Kevin Walter and Andre Johnson on three wide receiver sets. Having Adams as an outlet for Matt Schaub will only make life easier for the veteran, and with the Texans needing energy offensively he is the shot in the arm the team needs.
The 114th overall pick by the Texans is:
We were tempted to jump to pick him in a round earlier than this, but Fangupo falling to us here is another solid pick. Fangupo has flown under the radar, but provides the big body at the nose tackle position that the Texans needed at times in 2011. Fangupo can play either the nose tackle or 5 technique position and with his addition Earl Mitchell could be moved around and help at defensive end. Fangupo will thrive in Wade Phillip’s one gap defensive scheme and provide some much-needed coverage to keep blockers on the Texans inside linebackers.
The 121st overall pick by the Texans is:
Robinson is another athletic linebacker who can play either on the inside or outside of the defense. He will be an immediate special teams player and could possibly be used to fit into the rotation at outside linebacker. Adding another athletic football player to the defense, just gives Wade Phillips more weapons to get to the quarterback. Considered soft at times, a change to the edge would do Robinson some good for his football future and let him showcase his athletic ability off the edge.
Round 5 is on deck…