My shameless outsourcing continues as we unveil Steve Shoup's second mock draft scenario-- this time with the Texans staying at 1.1 and taking the (almost) undisputed best player available in Jadeveon Clowney.
|1||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina|
|33||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State|
|216||Nevin Lawson||CB||Utah State|
Once again, click here (actually, it looks like the links got crossed... sorry about that)
to see the full mock draft results, and click on the name of each player to see their profile on DraftBreakdown.com. Take it away, Steve:
In this draft I wanted to look at a scenario involving taking DE Jadeveon Clowney with the top overall pick. Clowney at number 1 is gaining steam in some draft circles and it makes some sense as he looks to be the best player in this draft. I didn't make any big trade backs, but I did pick up a couple additional picks later in the draft.
The Clowney scenario worked out pretty well here as I was able to still land Derek Carr in the 2nd round. I know some Texans fans might not like the idea of a Carr at QB, but this is a completely different scenario and Carr is a legit prospect. Though I took Carr at the top of the 2nd round, I still felt adding another young quarterback made sense and grabbed Brett Smith in the 4th round. Smith isn't as refined as Carr, but he's got some nice potential. Grabbing two quarterbacks with starting upside should give the Texans a better chance of landing a franchise QB and they didn't even have to use a first round pick.
Shane Skov could challenge for a starting job early and Phillip Gaines could be in the mix for the nickel role. Throughout the rest of the draft I was primarily focused with adding depth, particularly on defense.
"Some Texans fans might not like the idea of a Carr at QB" might be the understatement to end all understatements, but I understand the thinking here. The only person left in the organization to remember what it was like to have David Carr is Bob McNair (and his son, probably), and while he isn't much of a meddler, I can't imagine him not stepping in and vetoing this one.
Some of you mentioned Colt Lyerla as a "why not?" 7th rounder, and Shoup agrees with you this time. It would be very interesting to see the Texans taking a flyer on a high-risk player like him. Can't be that risky for a 7th rounder, can it?
Overall, it's not a bad haul, but I'm definitely loving the first version of Steve's mock a little better.
Leave your thoughts on this mock, and create your own over at Fanspeak if you wish.