Houston Texans

On the clock: Houston Texans, Pick: 7.41

General Manager: @BigRon281
Assistant GM: @CodyFNfootball
Assistant GM: @Jake_TSV

1.011Jadeveon Clowney, DE
from South Carolina
We debated a good portion of the morning and considered 2 solid trade offers (appreciate the communication, sorry for the confusion, guys). In the end, we just couldn't get away from our clear top rated prospect, Jadeveon Clowney. We have very few concerns about his fitting into Romeo Crennel's 34 scheme. We believe our coaching staff + players already in-house will provide an optimal chance for Jadeveon to reach his potential as a pro. Ultimately, coming off a 2-14 season, we felt we couldn't afford to pass on adding such a high-ceiling talent given our alternatives.
2.0133Ryan Shazier, OLB
from Ohio State
We're very happy to see Ryan Shazier still available at the top of round 2. He was the top rated of three players we were considering for this selection. We considered three decent trade offers, but not wanting to miss one of our top options this round gave us (too much) pause.
3.1680Brandon Thomas, OG
from Clemson
Our draft room has kept an eye on Brandon Thomas throughout the 3rd round. We realize he'll likely have to sit out the 2014 season, but even with his ACL injury, he's the last OT prospect we see with 'plus starter' potential as a right tackle. He was a top 40 talent for us at 100%, so we're comfortable taking him at #80 overall and banking on a full recovery by 2015. Despite having to make do at RT for a season, we feel like we'd have the Texans' long term RT solution at a decent value. We had two top targets for this pick, and though we just missed on our 1A here, we feel great about Thomas as 1B.
4.01101Aaron Murray, QB
from Georgia
We eschewed taking a Quarterback until this selection, choosing to bolster our defensive front 7 and OL, in each case selecting our BPA. During those decisions, we identified Aaron Murray as the QB we would target and the 4th round as appropriate value for his selection. We're very pleased it worked according to plan, as Murray was our consensus choice for the Texans among the middle tier of QBs. We all felt that, aside from height, all of Murray's traits line up with what we're looking for in a QB prospect. We view his arm talent as adequate and believe his four years leading a productive, pro-style offense in the SEC bode well for his chances to push for an opportunity to start by his second season. If that opportunity doesn't quite work, then we will have still upgraded our talent at QB with the investment of only a 4th round pick.
4.04104Charles Sims, RB
from West Virginia
With Ben Tate leaving via free agency, RB is an area we wanted to address with a significant draft addition. Arguably the best dual-threat RB in this class, we see Charles Sims in a Shane Vereen-type role in Bill O’Brien’s new scheme. At 5’11”, 214 lbs with 4.48 speed to hit the home run, we think Sims can tote the rock any time Arian Foster needs a blow and will also give us a versatile option in the passing game. Off a year of solid production for WVU after excelling for three seasons at University of Houston, we bring the former local high school standout back home. Another pick right in line with our plans.
4.35135Antone Exum, CB
from Virginia Tech
We like Antone Exum as an athletic free safety/cornerback hybrid with good size, plus ball skills, and solid experience at both positions. He’ll eventually fill a rover type role in the secondary and give us a versatile DB to help cope with the matchup issues offenses try to create, particularly in using new age TEs to attack the intermediate areas of the field. He’s now over a year removed from ACL surgery and looked well on his way to regaining full form at the Scouting Combine. Another case of adding talent, upside, and value with a player that can contribute as a rookie but has a chance to be an impact player for us in the longer term.
5.01141Michael Campanaro, WR
from Wake Forest
We see Michael Campanaro as a prototypical slot WR, a component Bill O’Brien specifically pointed out as missing from the current WR corps. Another prospect we’ve had in our sights since the previous round and hoped would still be on the board for us. Box checked.
6.01177Zack Kerr, DT
from Delaware
Zach Kerr is a stout, rotational NT for Romeo Crennel's 3-4. Ability to 2-gap but can also get up the field some. This may be a bit early, but in the 6th round we just weren't willing to risk missing on the last NT prospect we really like in this class.
6.05181Michael Schofield, OT
from Michigan
Michael Schofield is among the top handful of players on our board at this pick. He's the last OL available the we feel has starting RT upside but also significant college experience at OG as well. Solid B1G Conference track record, good athleticism, plays nasty, and fits our need for OL depth.
6.19195Deandre Coleman, DT
from California
More trench reinforcements. At 6'5"-314, Deandre Coleman is a huge human with ample athleticism. You can't coach size/length like Coleman has, but we will need noted DL tyrant, Coach Bill Kollar to get his motor humming and his technique right. If so, we may have a monster two-gap 5-tech on our hands at a 6th round value.
6.35211Marcel Jensen, TE
from Fresno State
TE Marcel Jensen comes in at close to 6'6" 260 lbs. with a prep hoops and defensive end background. He gives us a TE3 with ability to threaten seams, willingness and strength to block, and major athletic upside. Another value addition for Bill O'Brien's O.
7.01216Khairi Fortt, OLB
from California
Khairi Fortt gives us much needed depth at ILB. Athletic upside to back up and eventually start at either ILB spot. Immediately a core special teams player.
7.41256Demetri Goodson, CB
from Baylor
Demetri Goodson is a decent shot at a hidden gem for our Mr. Irrelevant selection. Despite being older than the average rookie, Goodson has excellent physical tools and some upside left as a DB and special teamer. So with one more hometown prospect, the Texans bring MockOne to a close.

Trade Details
6.05NFL: from Raiders for for Matt Schaub
3.16#MockOne: from Jets for pick(s): 3.01
4.04#MockOne: from Jets for pick(s): 3.01
6.19#MockOne: from Jets for pick(s): 3.01