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I kid, Gary. I know you’re a regular reader… anyway, read this.
I’ve been saying for a while that Robert Quinn isn’t going to be at 11 when the Texans roll up on the podium. Looking at the risers and fallers (in the minds of draft analysts, that is) I’m starting to think I might have been a little premature with that prediction.
Quinn has all the talent in the world, seemingly. But the questions are legitimate ones. The tumor, the year off, etc. None of that stuff bothers me, though. Well, not enough to pass on him if he’s there. Quinn is one of those guys that I wasn’t overly excited about when “draft season” started for the Texans (you know, after the Monday Night Football loss to the Colts). But time has a way of wearing a man down. Repeated beatings over the head by draft analysts, both local and national, have me saying “yes, Quinn. I want Quinn.”
So I want him. And though I still fear a team will jump up and grab him if he falls past the 49ers at #7, I am starting to look at some of the offensive prospects who are allegedly rising, and I wonder if Quinn might fall into our laps.
On the subject of how the lack of free agency affects the draft, there’s one thing that kind of confuses me. I keep seeing people, most recently John McClain, say that teams will look to fill all their needs with the draft, since “they don’t know if or when free agency will happen.”
“IF” free agency will happen? What does that mean? People think there’s a chance that there will be a 2011 season without some form of free agency? Do people know how absolutely ludicrous they sound when they say things like that? If there is no free agency, it likely means there is also no season. There’s no way on God’s (or, you know, whoever’s) green Earth that there will be a season without free agency. I can’t envision ANY scenario where that occurs. Can you? If so, I’d love to hear it.
Back to McClain, I believe he recently floated the possibility that, because the Texans MIGHT NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO SIGN A FREE AGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! that they will maybe pick cornerback Prince Amukamara so they can at least have their other starting cornerback locked up. Of course, I have no idea who the other starter is, but it’s probably Kareem Jackson (though I hope it’s Glover Quin, because while I thought it would have been a grand idea to move him to safety a year or two ago, I’m not so hot on it now).
As far as worst case scenarios, those are easy to come up with. You know me – Cynic Eternal. So my worst-case goes like this:
1. David Carr left a brown stain on this organization too – Blaine Gabbert, QB
2. Rick Dennison’s preferred job location – Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Hot wings, nothing else – Patrick Peterson, CB
4. Skyline Chili is garbage to even a rat – Da’Quan Bowers, DE
5. Old people and sand – Von Miller, LB
6. Still crying over LeBron, shutup already and get lives – AJ Green, WR
7. San Francisco (I have nothing bad to say about SF… uhhh… ridiculous housing costs!) – Robert Quinn, LB
8. Disgusting, toothless, banjo-picking, Sudafed-cooking, musket-wielding, squirrel sauteing hillbillies – Nick Fairley – DT
9. Michael Irvin’s Searing Hot Crack Pipe – Prince Amukamara
10. The most overreacting, myopic fans in the universe, where Kyle went to be with Da-Da – Julio Jones, WR
No, I don’t think Cam Newton is going to go in the top ten. He probably will, but again – painting a worst-case scenario for the Texans here, so he’s one offensive player that I’m hypothesizing doesn’t go in the top ten. Crazy? Maybe.
11. Sufferin’ Shucks-atash – Forfeit pick due to botched time management.
No, not really.
In this scenario, what do you do? I kind of wanted to have the Redskins take someone aside from Julio Jones just so I could say “it’s still worst-case, because there’s no way the Texans will take Julio Jones.”
If you want a 3-4 rush linebacker… You are kind of screwed unless you’re okay with a reach. I don’t have anything against Akeem Ayers, Aldon Smith or Justin Houston… I just don’t want any part of them this high. Well, I don’t want any part of Houston or Smith this high. I might be swayed on Ayers… but I’d still prefer a trade down + Ayers situation.
If you want a cornerback… (And you shouldn’t) There’s always THE MOST NFL-READY CB IN THE DRAFT, NONE OTHER THAN – I have no idea.
If you want a DT… There’s always Phil Taylor. Again, perhaps too high – but I bet he works his way into the late part of the first round. Would you be okay with the Texans reaching on Taylor, since it would at least signal a monumental shift in how the Texans approach their defensive line?
If you want a defensive end… There’s always Cameron Jordan. I wouldn’t hate that pick, but it would certainly be way down my list of preferences.
If you want a safety… Obviously nobody at that position is worth a pick here, but YOU’LL TAKE GLOVER QUIN AT SAFETY AND YOU’LL LIKE IT!!
If you want the Best Player Available… Shameless promotion – I wrote this thing, so read it. Oh, you’re not going to get the BPA. But, if the Texans were so-inclined, I’d have to bring up Cameron Jordan again. Or, DE JJ Watt. OT Anthony Castonzo? OT Tyron Smith?
So there are some random draft thoughts for you. I’m going to feel really awkward if I log in tomorrow and there are no comments.
I feel your judgement.