Dan Kadar’s latest Monday mock draft is out, and this one has a new twist. Rather than prognosticating every individual pick by himself, Kadar instead pulled from the "consensus" picks from 20 other mock drafters around the web to make the selections for him. Here are the results for the Texans.
16. Houston Texans: Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri
There are some things to consider with this pick, the first being that Alvin Dupree is gone. There’s still a tie between Ray and running back Todd Gurley. The Gurley choice is a little strange to me. Arian Foster had a bounce back 2014 season and Alfred Blue looks like a decent backup. With that in mind, the choice goes to Ray, who would give Houston another pass rusher.
20 percent Alvin Dupree
20 percent Todd Gurley
20 percent Shane Ray
5 percent DeVante Parker
5 percent Dorial Green-Beckham
5 percent Eric Kendricks
5 percent Jaelen Strong
5 percent Jalen Collins
5 percent Malcom Brown
5 percent Shaq Thompson
5 percent Vic Beasley
Perhaps the most interesting part about Houston’s results is how plainly obvious – and perhaps frustratingly so – it is that the Texans can go in basically any direction they want in the first round. Predicting a high draft pick for a team that could use an upgrade at almost every single roster spot in one way or another is virtually impossible. Everything from wide receiver, to inside linebacker, to Sam outside linebacker, to running back, to center, to even safety is conceivable.
No player had more than a 20 percent share in the overall "consensus pie" for Houston’s first round pick, and eight players tied for second place at five percent. This is the first time in a long time that I honestly do not have even the slightest clue who the Texans are targeting in the first round, and I am still not even sure if that is a good thing or not.
Luckily enough for all of us, we only have 10 days left until show time.