With The Fifteenth Pick In the FanIQ Mock Draft, The Houston Texans Select...
Here are the picks so far:
1. Detroit Lions - Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest
2. St Louis Rams - Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
3. Kansas City Chiefs - Jason Smith, OT, Baylor
4. Seattle Seahawks - Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia
5. Cleveland Browns - Micahel Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
6. Cincinnati Bengals - Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi
7. Oakland Raiders - BJ Raji, DT, Boston College
8. Jacksonville Jaguars - Everette Brown, LB, Florida State
9. Green Bay Packers - Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas
10. San Francisco 49ers - Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri
11. Buffalo Bills - Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State
12. Denver Broncos - Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State
13. Washington Redskins - Andre Smith, OT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints - Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State
The Texans have a young, up and coming team, and are coming off their 2nd straight 8-8 season under head coach Gary Kubiak. Their skill positions look pretty solid with Matt Schaub, Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson producing well when they're all healthy, and the defense, led by former #1 overall pick Mario Williams is improving, but still has some holes. Their primary positions of need are in the secondary and at the linebacker position.
Malcolm Jenkins would be a nice pick here, if he were to last that long. In this draft, however, he went one pick too soon, to the Saints. USC linebackers Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing would also be good picks for the Texans, since they would each strengthen the linebacking corps considerably. Beanie Wells is another name that has been thrown around, but I'm not convinced that they need a RB bad enough to use this pick to get one, especially since Wells might be a bit of a reach at this point.
In the end, I think the Texans should (and will) go with USC LB Clay Matthews. He fits a need, he's extremely talented (and still improving), and his uncle Bruce works for the team. I think that will end up pushing him over the top and the Texans will take him here with the #15 pick.