There are three options Houston can go in my eyes with this years draft: Clowney, Mack, or Manziel. This one is all about Clowney and what drafting him shaped the draft to be.
1. JaDeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
SHOCKING RIGHT? Okay so let’s look at scouting reports…”Clowney has huge upside and is such a raw talent, any defensive coordinator would love to get his hands on him” and blah blah blah… We get that. The key here is what would a JJ Watt and JaDeveon Clowney front look like? It has us drooling and all quarterbacks tearing up…
2. Zach Mettenberger or AJ McCaron
Mettenberger was astounding in a pro offense last year, he has a huge arm, and led the NCAA in third down completion percentage, and first down throws. No third down was too big and no game was really out of his reach. He showed great resilience last year in games like the Georgia game. He is the prototypical quarterback Bill O’Brien likes physically ( well what everyone believes he wants ). He would need a good offensive line around him because he has a phobia of moving…. But he could sit a year and learn the system ( something both QBs should do ) and then come in in the future and take over. Lots of potential here.
I put McCarron here mainly because a colleague of mine provided tremendous points that opened my eyes to McCarron. The Houston Texans take AJ because I believe they could fall in love with him too, but I believe they would trade back a few spots and acquire picks and then snag him in a later part of second round. That is the key. His value with additional picks. “He’s O’brians type of QB from a mental standpoint who can make all the throws, has enough movement skills to move around and avoid the blitz, shows leadership and maturity on and off the field, and also is a proven winner who plays with his head. With a completion percentage of 66.9 over his collegiate career at one of the top football programs in the country I could easily see this scenario. He’s been called a game manager, but when is that ever a bad thing? A game manager will keep you in close games and will not let up. He will also be able to make some surprise plays. And these are all reason to choose him without mentioning the fact that he’s won two national championship.” -Erik Ravey. His potential ranges all from Alex Smith as a base and Tom Brady as a ceiling.
That’s not bad at all
3. Chris Boreland ILB Wisconsin
Mini Kuechly I call him because when I watch him on tape, I see that fire. He never gives up on the play and despite his past shoulder injuries ( which is why he falls to the third by the way ) he fights hard and puts it all on the field. Just like our own Badgers Boreland knows it takes work. Hard work. He would fit right in with Watt and would help solidify a weak spot on our team. He would be money here and a steal. I would be ecstatic if I’m being honest…
4. Charles Sims RB West Virginia
Another steal in my eyes, but that is simply because I love Sims. At 6’1 214 he has a nice physical body but the best thing I like is his vision and hands. He was an ex wideout at the University of Houston at one point. Now he is juking out linebackers with ease. He reminds me of Marshawn Lynch with the way he jukes and runs ( I know Lynch doesn’t juke much but I hope you acknowledge the footwork and vision ) and can be an x-factor in the game. Would help shoulder the load for Foster and be a great third down back his first year in the league.
4. Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood / Shayne Skov ILB Stanford
One of my favorite corners… I’m not entirely sure he would fall to the end of the fourth but if so, he would be another good pick. He is a high character and quiet kid who plays good man coverage.
If Desir is gone then I place Shayne Skov here. Yes the Texans just picked an inside linebacker but the way things have gone the last few years adding Skov would be huge depth wise and add a high competition factor during camps.
5. David Fales QB San Jose State
Adding another QB seems to be on the mind of Bill O’Brien and company. Pairing Fales with whoever they take in the second round will add depth, competition and youth. If O’Brien wants a QB, Fales should be his guy here. Fales is a poor mans Drew Brees, he understands play books quickly, moves well in pocket, lacks arm strength but can throw a football anywhere he wants short to medim range. Very accurate.
6. Deanthony Thomas OW Oregon
O’Brien wants a slot receiver, and he gets one here. While undersized, Thomas fills the void at the 3 spot for wideouts as well as can compete for return man duties. Thomas is a player like a smaller Percy Harvin; you can place and use him anywhere and everywhere. Texans should take him and upgrade on offense. He has slid down boards and the texans take advantage of that.
6. Colt Lyerla TE Oregon
Yes he has problems, yes he is a risk, and yes he is one of the most talented Tight Ends in this years draft. I understand that we do not have a huge need at tight end, however I do believe that we should add the best talent available which right here would be Lyerla. He would play a huge role for whoever is at quarterback if he acts right. Bill O’Brien isn’t as conservative about who comes to Houston, and being from the Bill Belichick tree, I believe he thinks he can harness alter las problems and help. With the strong loncker room Houston has, I expect Bill to draft one trouble player atkeast. Lyerla would be my pick despite his cocaine addiction. Great project and value here.
6. Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
Yet again a big name falling prospect, Lynch could be plugged in on the line with Clowney standing up at outside backer. Originally the number 15 rated prospect out if high school, Lynch struggled with teammates at Notre Dame his freshman year and transferred to USF. He has raw talent and with coaching could play for us and willatleast compete with Crick for the DE spot. I love Lynchs motor and skillset, just needs some coaching, technique, and discipline.
7. Michael Schofield OT/OG Michigan
Finally the Texans take OL… I’m sorry it took so long I am really, but the Texans get a versatile lineman here who can fit at a few positions. O’Brien loves versatility and will get the most out of Schofield in the preseason. I expect him to fight for a backup role and later on maybe start. He has good feet and work ethic. Needs to bulk up but there is potential for this seventh rounder.
7. Anthony Fera K, Texas
Because Randy Bullock. That’s why. Let’s go the exact opposite way and get a longhorn accurate but not powerful kicker. As far away from Bullock as possible please. This pick is self explanatory. Let’s celebrate!