The Ultimate 8: Top 8 Draft Choices

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1. Houston Texans
What do they need?
At 2-14 the Texans experienced one of their worst seasons since the year 2005. After winning their first two games, the Texans started going down hill, losing all of their remaining games and finishing with the worst record in the NFL. Along with allowing an embarrassing 26.8 points per game while their starting quarterbacks threw 19 interceptions, including numerous pick sixes. When looking at the season from the outside looking in, you can say the Texans defense was pretty effective in some aspects. This season the Texans’ pass defense allowed only 195.2 passing yards per game which ranked #3 in the league, however when looking a little bit closer you can see that this Houston D’s pass defense wasn’t as stingy as people thought. In 2013 alone, Houston’s secondary allowed 28 passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks including a stretch from week 6 to week 16 where they allowed 2 or more passing touchdowns in every game except for week 12 and week 7 against the Jaguars and the Chiefs.

Their offense wasn’t the greatest either, however that was in part due to extremely bad luck. Arian Foster was sidelined for the majority of the season with injuries as their usually consistent QB Matt Schaub and Case Keenum played less than adequate football. In reality what this team needs is some help on defense. I honestly don’t see the need for the Texans to draft a QB. Even if they did draft Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles or any other of the QBs, they would still have Matt Schaub and Case Keenum to worry about. What this team needs to do is draft a defensive presence, a guy who can assure their 23rd ranked rush defense that allowed 122.4 yards per game. While they definitely need to make some changes to their QB position, I believe the Texans’  main concern this draft should definitely be strengthening their defense that allowed an atrocious 26.8 points per game in 2013 (8th most in the NFL). Brian Cushing and other key defensive players suffered injuries throughout the season so adding another player on the defensive side of the ball couldn’t hurt. They just recently hired former Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel as their new Defensive Coordinator, it would serve them best to give Crennel some fresh talent to work with this coming off-season.

Nov 29, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bulls linebacker Khalil Mack (46) during the first half against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Khalil Mack
Linebacker, University of Buffalo

In his senior season for the Bulls, Mack has shown to be one of the nation’s top prospects with his unbelievably strength and unrelenting ability to get to the quarterback. With 10.5 sacks, 100 total tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 forced fumbles this season, Mack was easily voted the Mid-American Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. As well in Mack’s outstanding senior season 2 of his 3 interceptions were returned for touchdowns, which were tied for 2nd in the country. What has been great about Khalil Mack has been his overall consistency and development throughout his career at UB. Since Mack’s freshman year at Buffalo, he has averaged an FBS-record 18.75 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles per season. Even playing for a program such as that of the MAC’s Buffalo Bulls, Mack has been able to show phenomenal progress and standout potential as a LB. Where Mack fits into this defense will be in his ability to rush the QB and ability to stop the run. Mack has been known for his brute strength and size (6’3″, 250 lbs.) and along with former NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, Mack should definitely fit in perfectly with this Houston Texan’s 3-4 scheme. Reason why I chose or think the Texans should chose Mack over Defensive End extraordinaire Jadeveon Clowney is primarily because of Mack’s career numbers. Although Clowney may be taller and quicker than Mack, Mack has shown to be consistently good despite playing all four years for a sub-par team. I think that Mack is the missing piece to Houston’s championship puzzle. If the Texans can draft Mack and show that their run defense can stop opposing backs, they will definitely see their points per game allowed totals fall and in effect turn the Texan’s once terrible 2-14 2013 record into possibly a 14-2 2014 record.

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  • Joe

    This is by far the worst mock draft i have seen. Khalil Mack number 1? Blake Bortles to Tampa even though they need OT help and a DE

  • Terry88

    Whats the method for selecting in this draft? Dart throw or pulling names out of a hat?

  • Rick Talley

    Was this mock suppose to be a joke? If not……quick, we need a straight jacket!

  • gagu

    You have the Vikings passing on both Bridgewater and Manziel. I´m not so sure that could happen. Even if flaws show up at the Combine or work outs, I think the potential will still be too much to sink both. I’d take Barr over Dix at this point. Any, as of today, I don´t expect Bridgewater, Manziel or Barr to get past 7. So Dix is a good pick, in a screwy way. He would be great with Smith. Match one of the top 4 or 5 FA cornerbacks with Rhodes and you have the best Vikings secondary in history in the making.

    • coolhand

      Yeah, this mock is a joke. One QB in the top 8 and the Vikings selecting a safety. The only need they don’t have on defense is a safety. Back to the drawing board for this writer.

    • Don Andrew Halvorson

      The Vikings taking a safety? Harrison Smith was injured, and Sanford and Raymond are solid to not waste a top ten pick with Ahmad Dixon being third round talent. Bridgewater won’t make it passed five. Manziel is the pick with this mock. Barr or Mack if he’s not available. Move along.

    • Mike Bridges

      In History? Paul Krause and his boys would argue about that one! There is no way, if they were available, would the Vikings let Teddy B. or Johnny M. get by them! Not after 2011 when QB’s were let pass and then take Ponder. If they took one of those, they would not be reaching. I don’t understand all the love for these Alabama boys, after OU bitch slapped them in Jan and showed everyone, they couldn’t even keep up with OU’s WR’s! It has been toooo many years since Minnesota had a long term, quality QB. Favre showed us how great things can be with a very good QB. FA has focused on Defense and they have picked up a few Defensive players, on the right side of 30, and now they need to get that ONE player that has held them back in recent years! If one of the Top 3 QB’s happens to drop to 8….grab him with a freaking smile! Now is the time to cease being the “Wicked Bitch of the North!”

  • Jaime Olguin

    Justin Gilbert is an awesome cornerback, and yes I would pick him up but the fact of the matter is that we really
    Need to Draft a passrusher to be able to put pressure on the opposing QB, the qicker we get to the QB the better it
    Gets for or corners Aaron Donlds is one that comes to mine he would be able to come right in and contribute, but
    Anyways the draft is still a couple of months away there is still a lot prospects to evaluate, I got a lot of faith in Reggie and Dennis to get the right personnel this year, GO Raiders!!!!!

  • WayneBo

    This writer doesn’t know what the F he is talking about. Stick to fantasy football leagues bro.

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  • Mike Bridges

    What in the Wide World of Sports, was that Mock about?