This past weekend, our sister site Mocking the Draft held the annual MTD Live Draft at the SB Nation home for the Tennessee Titans, Music City Miracles. Resident BRBer, The Night Owl, put on his general manager hat as a representative for the Texans and had himself a field day with thirteen total picks in seven rounds across two full days of mock draft action. The entire rundown for who went where can be found here; for those who are just interested in what players the Texans war room selected, Mr. Night Owl himself was happy to give his own personal recap. Take it away, Owl.
Pick #1 – DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Was there any question which way we would go with this pick? It's not like we didn't try to trade out of this spot, but no one would pay the price for number one. Clowney is an athletic freak who Romeo Crennel will put to good use at Will linebacker while Whitney Mercilus switches to Sam.
Pick #33 – OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
There was no QB worth taking at this point, nor was there another defensive prospect rated highly enough for us to take here. I was trying to trade the pick, but Yahoo Mail was acting up that day. With that in mind, we went with the best prospect on our board and thankfully he fit a need. Su'a-Filo would slide in at left guard and immediately solidify a once-shaky offensive line.
Pick #65 – DT DaQuan Jones, Penn State
We were sweating bullets hoping he'd fall to the third round, and we were very relieved when he did. He's the ideal 5-technique to play across from Watt to keep blockers off of the linebacking corps, and he adds value with an ability kick inside as a 1-technique in nickel packages.
Pick #116 – WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Going into day two, we had to change things up and I finally managed to get some trades going. After trading down, we noticed a run on receivers, so we made sure to grab our guy at this pick. Camparano is the ideal slot WR for the O'Brien offense and just has a knack for getting open.
Pick #135 – LB Christian Kirksey, Iowa
We needed some inside linebacker depth badly at this point, and we already missed out on Andre Hal a few picks earlier. Kirksey is an undersized, yet athletic linebacker who can handle himself in coverage. He should contribute on special teams immediately and eventually compete for a spot next to Brian Cushing.
Pick #141 – RB De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
This team just flat out needs some speed. Thomas is a Swiss army knife that can be used in many ways on offense, as well as a home run hitter in the return game. Even with Ryan Fitzpatrick as a temporary quarterback, I can already envision a package of Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Campanaro, Arian Foster, and De’Anthony Thomas shredding defenses every week.
Pick #177 – QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
We weren't about to go into this season without giving Bill O’Brien another athletic quarterback to develop, even if Logan Thomas was already acquired by trade (more on that later). Aaron Murray was given to the Cowboys because their GM wasn't available just a few picks earlier, so Boyd was our next option. Having Boyd on the roster all but assures that T.J. Yates or Case Keenum are finally relieved of duty, and his presence will help push Thomas into being the quarterback we think he can become. There may be five quarterbacks going into camp, but by the end of the 2014 season we could be looking at Thomas and Boyd battling it out to become the next long-term starter. I like the odds of one of these guys becoming the next hot duel threat quarterback in the NFL.
Pick #181 – CB Nevin Lawson, Utah Sate
We needed a corner for depth and Lawson was likely the best one available at this point.
Pick #184 – FB Jay Prosch, Auburn
As of now, we don't have a fullback; I made sure to grab the best one available.
Pick #190 – RB Andre Williams, Boston College
While Brett may not agree with me, I thought Andre Williams at this point was the best available player on the board. I don't trust Andre Brown to stay healthy, and I'm not quite sure Foster will either. Williams may not be as versatile as Foster or Thomas, but he's a solid blocker and a good runner. I’ll take him as a two-down back and look for De’Anthony Thomas to do work on third down.
Pick #211 – OG John Urschel, Penn State
The O-Line needed more depth at interior positions, so we figured to grab one that was smart and familiar with what O'Brien likes to do on offense.
Pick #235 – Traded to Baltimore for the rights to QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Brett is very high on Thomas. In his eyes, this is a massive steal. He was originally forced to the Ravens with their 3rd round comp pick due to the Baltimore GM not being present on day one. I was more than happy to take Thomas off his hands, and he didn't care to keep him as long as he had a hundred million dollar quarterback already on the roster. To quote Brett, "Mechanically he is very sound, and physically he has more upside than almost anyone in this draft. If Bill O’Brien can make Matt McGloin into a starter, he could make Logan Thomas into a monster." Film guru Greg Cosell seems to agree, so this is not as insane as some would think.
Pick #256 – ILB Avery Williamson, Kentucky
You can never have enough linebacker depth in a 3-4, and Williamson has the sterling intangibles to take advantage of his athletic upside. Should be an immediate contributor on special teams along with Christian Kirksey.
Texans UDFA Picks
CB Bene Bekiwere - Our cornerback depth sucks. Every little bit helps.
K Chris Boswell - Competition is key. We cannot let Randy Bullock off the hook that easily.
OLB Morgan Breslin - More linebacker depth.
NT Beau Allen - #NTLust on a budget.
TE Jordan Navjar - Competition for the #3 tight end spot.
Pick #101 to Oakland for picks #116, 190, 219, & 235
Pick #235 to Baltimore for the draft rights to QB Logan Thomas
Pick #216 & 219 to Minnesota for #184
What do you think, BRB? Did The Night Owl nail this draft, or should he keep his day job? Sound off below.