Curtis asks: I know we have plenty of spots to fill on defense, but would you move up to get Von Miller and give up a 3rd round pick?
Nope. I wouldn’t. As you said, the Texans just have too many needs on defense. Miller is probably the best rush 3-4 OLB in the draft, but even if I was 100% sold on him (I’m not, pretty close, but not) I wouldn’t trade up. We don’t have a starting free safety. We don’t have a nose tackle. We need a new starting cornerback. Even though I’m not super-high on Miller, I’d be very happy if the Texans were somehow able to land him. The problem is, we don’t just need upgrades on defense, we need STARTERS. Multiple starters. The Texans just can’t afford to give up a high pick in this draft.
AllenOU says: Chris, if Quinton Carter (free safety, Oklahoma) has a good combine maybe he would be worth a 2nd.
I’m starting to warm up to Carter. I’ve been reading up a bit on him, and while I would prefer Rahim Moore, Carter is probably more realistic. I really think Moore is going to go at the top of the second at the latest, if for no other reason than he’s supposed to be the best player at his position in the draft.
Here’s some info from CBSSports.com on Carter:
-Heady defender against the run and pass. Very quick to close on bubble screens whether lined up in man or coming down the hash.
-Has the speed and playmaking ability to be an effective two-deep centerfielder.
-Closes to the ball in a hurry to make bone-jarring hits, forcing fumbles or incompletions.
-Headhunter in run support.
On the down side, to my eye he doesn’t have good football instincts (I’ve seen places say he has solid instincts, but I didn’t see that in the OU games I watched last year). I also recall him being the type of safety who tries to blow guys up but doesn’t always wrap up. That is irritating, and hopefully something that can be coached out of him, for his sake.
“Kris Jenkins” comments: I was just released by the Jets. I kinda like Houston. What do you think?
At this time a year ago, you bet I would be ALL OVER that. But the injuries have just piled up way too much. For what he would cost, it would be a hell of a gamble to count on him for even 12 games. After playing in all 16 games in each season from 2006-2008, Jenkins has played in only six games in the last two seasons. Now, Kris’s younger brother Cullen? That I can get behind.
Revisiting the “would you trade Mario Williams” discussion from this entry.
I just wanted to say that I’m surprised (and impressed) at the results of the poll in the Mario entry linked above. I really thought the (overwhelming?) majority of responders would trade Mario for a top ten pick if they were given the chance. No way I would do that, and most of you agree. I didn’t see that coming. You guys are smarter than I give you credit for. (Except for you. You’re dumb.)