It's been a busy last couple of weeks for the Texans, what with the almost unilateral firing of every defensive coach -- save one Kubillips buddy, Bill Kollar, Texans defensive line coach. With any new defensive coordinator taking over the worst defense in the NFL, and arguably the worst ever, there will be some changes in player personnel as well. Some of those changes come in Free Agency, and some come in the NFL Draft in April 2011.
While we're barely even knocking on the door of the NFL playoffs for this season, Bleacher Report has begun their umpteen billion mock draft tradition with their Playoffs Edition, ie: the Early Edition, of the mock drafts for April '11. Following the jump see who Bleacher Report picked for the Texans, and why I actually can't hate the picks for a change.
Let's be honest for a moment. Wade Phillips might say Earl Mitchell could be his Nose Tackle, and while Mitchell might fill that role for a little while I don't believe Wade is going to waste a chance to pick up a pretty good fit for his defensive line. I definitely believe Paea is a future NFL star, and if Phillips is wise he will snatch him here and finally discontinue the Texans lack of aggressiveness in the draft by NOT trying to trade down.
Gap-clogging hog? Check. bfd's newest mancrush? Check.
Round Two, Pick 42. Houston Texans select Rahim Moore, Free Safety, out of UCLA.
There's no doubt I absolutely love this kid at this spot. He's a tail-end first round talent (some would give him middle first round talent) and an immediate upgrade at a position the Texans have never had true talent. Say what you will about Eugene Wilson and his one season of somewhere between mediocrity and barely above average, but he still can't catch a ball...EVER. This is a huge upgrade at a position we have all long said needed to be upgraded, and a nice gentle slap in the face of those who continue to pander (as I had not so long ago) that upgrading the pass rush on the line would help the secondary tremendously. You can't have one and hope the other is good enough to survive. For a change, I'm going to say you need both, and with Rahim Moore we finally have a kid to groom who is truly a top-flight talent and a future star (with the right coaching).
Round Three, Pick 73. Houston Texans select DeAndre McDaniel, Safety, out of Clemson.
I could go either way on this pick. It's not a must have for me, especially not in the third round, but it is looking to the future on defense. McDaniel has talent, has hands, and has speed. He can also hit...hard. If Pollard isn't retained as a Free Agent then this pick makes a lot of sense. Even if Pollard is retained, it makes some sense because you could have Pollard moving into a hybrid OLB and SS role. I'm just not sold either way, but there's still a long time to go until the draft so by then who knows how I'll feel about it.
Feel free to post your ideal selections at each spot (within reason -- ie: no Fairley at number 11 please), or discuss the possibility of these three kids in Training Camp under the new defensive regime of Kubillips. Full Bleacher Report Mock located here.