This is a “companion piece” to an article I wrote over at SB Nation Houston. There, analysis of a six-round Texans mock draft by Walter of Walter Football. Here, a four-round mock by Greg Cox, also of Walter Football.
Here are my thoughts on each of Cox’s Texans selections, in addition to players left on the board that I would consider at the time of each selection. Please give both a read, and give a little reaction if you’re so inclined. Another 2011 Texans Mock Draft Tracker update is also coming soon. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend.
Greg Cox’s (Walter Football) four-round mock draft, Texans selections:
1. Robert Quinn, LB, North Carolina
You guys know I love me some Quinn. He may be there, he may not be. Hopefully QBs Blaine Gabbert and Cam Newton will both land in the top ten, along with WR Julio Jones (because the Texans won’t take him anyway, might as well make use of him being in the top ten). Having those offensive players go in the top ten would go a long way to having Quinn land in the team’s lap.
Still on the board: WR Julio Jones, DE Cameron Jordan
2. Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
I would love Williams in this spot. Of course, he’s yet another guy who would look really great as a safety conversion – which is what many of us said when the Texans drafted Glover Quin. Unfortunately it took two years for the Texans to even admit it was a possibility to make that move.
Still on the board: DT Marvin Austin, G Danny Watkins
3. Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
I’m pretty solid in my stance that the last thing the Texans need is to get younger at cornerback. I see no reason for them to draft a corner in any round, really. All additions – starter and depth – could be made via free agency. I must admit, though, that this prospect intrigues me, though not enough to pull the trigger here. Injuries ruined his senior season, and hurt Dowling’s draft stock. It would be a gamble for the Texans to grab Dowling here in a draft where they need to hit on ALL their early defensive picks.
Still on the board: DT Kenrick Ellis, S Quinton Carter
4. Sione Fua, DT, Stanford
Fua is a fantastic run defender, but won’t get you much in the area of the pass rush. That’s not much of a problem in Wade’s 3-4. Fua can hold up at the point of attack, and it would be interesting to see who would come out on top in a depth chart battle between he and Earl Mitchell… and Shaun Cody? I didn’t make that up, right? Shaun Cody signed an extension and is thought to be the starting NT?
Still on the board: OT Lee Ziemba, DL Lawrence Guy