I'm not even going to pull the Purdue angle.
Listen to how the scouts and experts all around the league talk about him.
Great motor, high football character, never quits, a football player etc, etc, many things on which I don't want to actually look up quotes. But trust me. Watch or read something about him.
It's over, it's over, it's over!
Barring Quinn (if they love him) or someone else unexpected falling, I think this will be the pick. I'm not saying I agree with it.*
*Joe Posnaskiesque sidebar: If Quinn and Quintorris are gone, I honestly don't know who I would want. In fact, I wouldn't be thrilled OR disgusted with a handful. A. Smith--I would like to see a OLB taken even if I don't think it's a slam dunk necessity, but I'm not sold on him and the project tag concerns me. Prince--I don't really want a CB until FA but could see the logic, though I am terrified of some of the evaluations like John Harris's that say he is a second round talent who can't cover one on one (see matchup vs Julio Jones). Watt/Jordan--not thrilled about taking a rotational backup, though I understand BPA argument. Still, how would this be more of a need if JJ were available? Other OLBs--eh.
With all of that sidebar, I lost my train of thought. Except to say, I don't think this pick would kill me as it would some of you because after one or two who will probably be gone anyway, I see a bunch of solid but meh players. Definitely wouldn't be thrilled with Kerrigan. But if Quinn and Quintorris are gone, I don't know who I would be thrilled with. And I won't say trade down because I think it's too big of a situational opportunity that us fans have no right demanding when it might not be available.
But, like it or not or if you're as lukewarm/semi negative as I am on it, I think the descriptions by those in the know of this "kid" are right up the Texans' alley. His picture's already in our playbook.