With the first pick of the BRB Mock Draft, the Houston Texans select...
Sammy Watkins - Wide Receiver, Clemson.
Now, just how many of you bet money on me taking Clowney? Show of hands!
I won’t lie, even I think this is a bit of a luxury pick. We (and by ‘we’ I mean ‘I’) passed up on Teddy/Clowney/Mack/JFF for another 1st-round wide receiver?
Well, I did, and I’ll tell you why: Andre Johnson is the greatest player this franchise will probably ever know, and I include Watt in that. And I know every year there’s that obnoxious drum-beating about Andre getting too old, can he continue to produce? Etc.
And if Andre wants to play like Jerry Rice and clown defensive backs until he’s 40, who among us would stop him? But time waits for no man, even the Great Ones. Whether as a result of his own physical regression, an ever-increasing cap hit on a team where JJ Watt is still playing on a rookie deal, or perhaps by his own volition- to go out on his own terms like Barry Sanders, the painful truth is that one day, inevitably, Andre Johnson will no longer be on this team.
But that day is far away, and nobody likes talking about inevitability. Hell, especially not on Mondays. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about the future:
So what does Sammy bring to the Texans? In a word: Speed.
There have been a lot of complaints about the Kubiak-era Texans, but one of the more persistent (and legitimate) complaints has been the fact that our offensive players at the skill positions just lack some pure speed, and it’s going to become sorely needed as we move away from the Shanahan West Coast Offense. Sammy, on the other hand, is one of the fastest names in college football. Whether it’s a Go route or a rocket sweep, his raw talent (second only to his Palmetto State rival, Jadeveon Clowney, in the entire draft) gives him the ability to leave entire secondaries in his dust:
What makes Sammy so good - good enough to be labeled the best wide receiver prospect since AJ Green - is that he’s good-to-great at everything (and if you want a good idea of what that means, take a look at this article).
Route running? Check.
Hands/catching ability? Check.
High-pointing? In a stacked wideout class with names like Mike Evans and Odell Beckham, Jr. floating around, Sammy is really good at it.
Hell, he’s even good for a touchdown pass every once in awhile (and he probably run the Wildcat like a mug, too). Can you imagine O’Brien drawing up plays with Andre, Nuk, Sammy, and Posey all on the field at the same time?.
I know the idea of taking Sammy might upset some of you, and my only response is this: Tough. I would follow that up by saying that, jokes aside, it’s only a mock draft; you’ve got to live a little and learn to step outside your comfort zone. Following the draft as a fan isn’t about getting your heart set on that one, perfect player for our team (aside from last year, of course); the most important thing is to keep an open mind. Who knows? As I type these very words, rumors are scuttling about a possible trade down with the Bills. Who would ever see that coming, assuming it happens?
My hope is that for every one of you that didn’t like this pick, there were maybe a few that - for the briefest of moments - saw an offense spearheaded by what would arguably the best wideout corps in the league. Not something you would have predicted after all those Teddy vs. Clowney knock-down, drag out brawls, eh? Plus, I’m sure we’d feel a bit safer knowing that Andre leaving wouldn’t put all the responsibility on Nuk to replace him, either.
Keep an open mind, and have fun with your draft boards. Well, what’s left of them. Muhah.
Well, then. I'm as shocked as you are. The St. Louis Rams and grandmasteroz are now on the clock. That pick is due to me by 12 p.m. CDT today.
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