Vandermeer did it. So can I. And of course, we’ll turn it into a competition of some sort. It’s what we do.
Picking ONE round of the NFL Draft is an inexact science, given all the misinformation teams usually toss about, to throw other teams off the trail. Still, a bit of deductive reasoning and some good old-fashioned dart-throwing helped me reach the following conclusions on the Texans’ entire draft, round-by-round.
If I get more than two correct, I expect someone to buy me a pitcher of beer.
Round One: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
I’m feeling a much stronger vibe that the Texans actually will try and trade up for either LSU corner Patrick Petersen or Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller. But if they stay at No. 11 overall, there’s a very good chance Prince Amukamara will be there. And the Texans will happily snatch him up.
Round Two: Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
Wade Phillips may say he’s perfectly content with the DTs already in the organization, but Jenkins has been overshadowed as a play-making big man in a draft known more for defensive ends and outside linebackers. The Texans need his bulk and athleticism.
Round Three: Sam Acho, OLB/E, Texas
This guy has Wade Phillips written all over him. He’s a high-motor, highly effective pass-rusher with great football smarts. He also can put his hand in the dirt and play rush-end. And at 260-plus pounds, he’s got the protypical NFL body.
Round Four: Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado
Even though Jimmy Smith has gained more headlines and acclaim, it was Brown who generally faced opponents’ No. 1 receviers and fared quite well. Scouts thought enough of him to invite him to the Senior Bowl. He’s big and legit.
Round Five: Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
The Texans finally go offense, in the fifth-round. Brown is a classic West Coast offense receiver who fits Gary Kubiak’s style to perfection. He also is big and unaffraid to go over the middle. He could become exactly the kind of complement Andre Johnson needs.
Round Six: Jake Kirkpatrick, C, TCU
Keep your eye on this guy, even if he does not end up a Texan. But pray that he does. Kirkpatrick has been playing football only since his senior year of high school, but is athletic, quick and fits the Texans’ offensive style perfectly.
Round Seven: Vai Taua, RB, Nevada
Taua will play in the NFL and be productive. He’s rushed for more than 1,300-yards each of the last three years, is durable, has good hands and can block.
Compensatory: Jeff Van Camp, QB, Florida Atlantic
The Texans would love to take Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson here or in the seventh-round, but Johnson is on several teams’ boards late in the draft. If he’s not available here, Van Camp has Johnson-like size and arm strength, and similarly to Johnson has been hampered by injury, has erratic ball flight and needs to develop behind an established starter.