Mel Kiper, Jr. has his latest mock draft out for ESPN, and it’s a doozy. It’s three rounds, and it features Mel putting on his general manager hat for every NFL team. The framework of this exercise, according to Kiper:
It's time for my annual three-round mock draft, which has a simple concept: I'm the general manager for each team at each pick, from No. 1 to No. 107.
I'm not projecting picks based on what I'm hearing around the league. This is me making 107 picks -- three full rounds -- based on what's best for each team at that slot, so that each team gets an "A" grade.
The ground rules:
- At each slot, I make a pick in the best interest of only the team with the pick. I won't pass on a player at No. 4 just because I like the team at No. 5 better.
- No trades unless they have already happened. I try to address team needs, but as with the actual draft, value can supersede need.
- Once again, I'm not projecting. It's more a look at where I see value up and down the board, based on my rankings.
Round 1 (25): Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
Round 2 (57): Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt
Round 3 (89): Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky
Once again, the 25 spot is a reach for quarterbacks, according to my rankings. I'll give Bill O'Brien's squad an eventual replacement for Duane Brown in Robinson, who is a powerful run-blocker but needs to clean up some things to reach his potential. That means I'm going with a quarterback in the second round, and it's Peterman, my No. 4-ranked signal-caller. He doesn't have big-time arm strength, but that should improve when he gets into the league. He's a steady QB with room to grow into a starter and could compete with Tom Savage. Taylor, who had 34 touchdown catches the past two seasons, doesn't have ideal size (5-foot-11, 203 pounds) or speed (4.50 40), but he could develop into a reliable No. 3 receiver.
Uh...alright. That is...something. What would your reaction be if the Texans followed Kiper’s script with their first three picks next week?