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Let's pretend we're Rick Smith. We know we have three major areas of need: Nose Tackle, Wide Receiver, and interior O-line depth. We are targeting a 1st/2nd round NT's such as Dontari Poe, Devin Still, Alameda Ta'amu or Michael Brockers. We are also targeting 1st/2nd round receivers in Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffrey, Mohamed Sanu, and Dwight Jones. Interior o-line depth is the third ranking position of need as we are assuming Myers is resigned, putting us squarely in line to target someone like David Molk. Here are your questions.

1. If Poe, Still, or Brockers are on the board would you take any receiver above them in the 1st?? Who would you take before them and why?

2. If all of your target DT's or WR's are getting taken early, even 2nd round prospects, would you consider trading up in the first to get one?

3. If Floyd, Sanu, Jeffrey, or Jones are on the board would you take any DT over them in the 1st? Who would you take before them and why?

4. Given a choice between any of the receivers or defensive linemen listed, who would you be most comfortable with as the first pick?

5. If your choices of DT and WR were both available in the late 1st round, would you consider trading away picks 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to a high 2nd round team to reach for the second player on your list? If so, would you use the 3rd round pick left over on Molk, or another player? Perhaps even a different center?

6. If all of your choices for DT or WR are taken before pick 26, how do you adjust draft strategy? Do you reach for your second player or trade down? Do you keep your picks as is and take the BPA?

7. If Jason Allen and Matter Leinart leave, how does that affect your draft strategy? Do you forgo trading up to get your top 2 players in an effort to reinforce depth? Do you trade up anyway and address depth over summer?

8. If Mario Williams leaves but Chris Myers stays, do you upgrade outside linebacker as a priority above nose tackle, receiver, or o-line?

9. If Chris Myers leaves but Mario Williams stays, do you upgrade offensive line as a priority above nose tackle or receiver?

10. If both Chris Myers and Mario Williams leave, what do you address in the draft first? OLB, Oline, WR, or NT?

11. If Myers, Williams, Allen, and Leinart all leave, what do you do? Who would you target in free agency to fill these spots?

12. If all of the aforementioned free agents leave for other teams the night before the draft, how will your board be laid out?

Here are my answers. How do they compare to you?

1. If Poe, Still, or Brockers are on the board would you take any receiver above them in the 1st?? Who would you take before them and why?

- It depends on how many of them are left. If two or three 1st/2nd round caliber DT's are still there I would roll the dice, take a receiver, and hope one of them is left in round 2. At this point I would take Sanu if he is available. He just makes too much sense for Houston.

2. If all of your target DT's or WR's are getting taken early, even 2nd round prospects, would you consider trading up in the first to get one?

- Probably not. If there is huge run at one position it probably means there is a wealth at another. I would get a player that normally would have gone much higher, so I consider that a value.

3. If Floyd, Sanu, Jeffrey, or Jones are on the board would you take any DT over them in the 1st? Who would you take before them and why?

- I would take a DT over Floyd, Jeffrey, or Jones, but not Sanu. If Mohamed is on the board no matter what I'm taking him.

4. Given a choice between any of the receivers or defensive linemen listed, who would you be most comfortable with as the first pick?

- Mohamed Sanu. He's almost too perfect to be true.

5. If your choices of DT and WR were both available in the late 1st round, would you consider trading away picks 2, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to a high 2nd round team to reach for the second player on your list? If so, would you use the 3rd round pick left over on Molk, or another player? Perhaps even a different center?

- I would consider it very seriously. It would be completely dependent on free agency. If we get Mario and Myers back I would definitely do it. Sanu in the 1st. NT in the 2nd. Molk in the 3rd. That's a successful draft in my eyes.

6. If all of your choices for DT or WR are taken before pick 26, how do you adjust draft strategy? Do you reach for your second player or trade down? Do you keep your picks as is and take the BPA?

- In the unlikely scenario that Poe, Ta'amu, Brockers, Still, Floyd, Jeffrey, Sanu, and Jones are all gone by pick 26, I would probably trade our 1st rounder away to someone for some 2nd and 3rd round picks. With those we would get quality, if not arguably elite, depth at WR with Nick Toon. We could also probably get Josh Chapman in the 2nd. Molk would still be there in the 3rd. Broyles would be a good target with the extra 3rd as well. How's that for value?

7. If Jason Allen and Matter Leinart leave, how does that affect your draft strategy? Do you forgo trading up to get your top 2 players in an effort to reinforce depth? Do you trade up anyway and address depth over summer?

- I still would trade up, even if it means we can't draft a 3rd QB. We can always find another cheap back up in free agency.

8. If Mario Williams leaves but Chris Myers stays, do you upgrade outside linebacker as a priority above nose tackle, receiver, or o-line?

- I immediately put outside linebacker rotation ahead of everything but wide receiver. Sanu in the 1st. Vinny Curry in the 2nd. David Molk in the 3rd. Delvin Johnson (NT) in the 4th.

9. If Chris Myers leaves but Mario Williams stays, do you upgrade offensive line as a priority above nose tackle or receiver?

- Nope, because Molk is a gifted ZB center that would do well in our system, and we could get him round 3 fairly easily. I would consider reaching for him just to be safe though.

10. If both Chris Myers and Mario Williams leave, what do you address in the draft first? OLB, Oline, WR, or NT?

- In order: O line, OLB, WR, NT.

11. If Myers, Williams, Allen, and Leinart all leave, what do you do? Who would you target in free agency to fill these spots?

- If Myers and Williams leave I draft to replace them in rounds 1-2 and pick up NT, CB, and QB in mid to late rounds. To address WR we would throw all sorts of money at Marques Colston.

12. If all of the aforementioned free agents leave for other teams the night before the draft, how will your board be laid out?

-Well, if they leave the night before the draft that means we won't have an opportunity to get FA's before draft day, which means we have no idea what we can and can't get from other teams. In that case, I'm taking Sanu in the 1st, an OLB in the 2nd. A Center in the 3rd, and a NT in the 4th all while hoping Brandon Harris is a good prospect.

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