It is fairly well established in most circles, and definately here on BRB, that the Texans are fishing for players to combat the pass on defense. They made a big step signing Smith to replace the useless Anthony Weaver in the offseason, but the Texans are still fielding a mediocre secondary and largely undersized linebackers, which is why Malcolm Jenkins and Clay Matthews, Jr. have become the flavors of the week. However I would like to ask these words to you in regards to two other players: Why Not?
1) Why not Vontae Davis?
Davis has excelled in combine workouts and at pro day, areas where Jenkins flopped. Reeves had a solid season last year for the Texans, but is hardly a long term #2, and he could easily revert to the mediocrity that got chased out of Dallas. Additionally Robinson, the only true "keeper" in the secondary, may not stick around much longer after his conflict with Smith over the franchise tag. Davis, who is known for quick speed and his small build is very comparable to Robinson when he first entered the league as a hit/miss corner. If Jenkins if off the board by pick 15 (or even if he isn't) why not take a flyer on Davis, a sure first rounder, than reach on Matthews?
2) Why not Brian Cushing?
Cushing, playing opposite of Matthews at USC was originally hailed as the better of the two players, but after excellent showings by Matthews at the senior bowl, actually fell behind on many draft boards. While Matthews is slightly stronger on the pass rush, Cushing has proven himself to be a ball hawk in coverage as well as a strong asset against the run. His physical strength and build is ideal for the linebacker position, and Cushing is known to have "tremendous physical upside" contrary to Matthews whose limited build has made his upside questionable. Finally while Cushing has always been seen as mid to low first rounder, Matthews has been hyped up and down the boards, and even into the mid and low second round, a sign that scouts and media personel are having trouble determining whether Matthews will be the senior bowl standout or just the guy that played opposite of Brian Cushing. If the Texans have to grab a linebacker at pick 15, why not Cushing?
I'm not saying either of these players is necessairly the right pick, but lets get some dialogue going about them.