Okay, now this one went a bit differently as I managed a trade before the start of the draft. I traded the Texans 2nd round pick to the Dolphins for their 3rd & 5th round picks (picks #72 & #145) due to my gut feeling that none of the players I wanted in the 2nd would be there. Once it played out, my guess was dead on, as Shea McClellin, Alameda Ta'amu, & Bruce Irvin were all gone before #58. Also to my dismay, the Steelers traded up to the top of the 3rd to grab Josh Chapman, so that adjusted my draft strategy a bit. So now, here we go......
26. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Need to replace Jacoby Jones ASAP, could eventually replace Andre Johnson in the future. For now, he would be everything the Texans want in a #3 WR & work his way up the depth chart as he develops. The size, speed, intangibles, & upside are just too good to pass up.
72. James Brown, OG/OT, Troy
He could compete for the starting RG spot or be valuable depth for the future as Caldwell is in his contract year. Not really sold on the current depth, & both guard spots now look to be the weakest spots on the O-Line, so this was a necessary pick.
76. Derek Wolfe, DE, Cincinatti
We needed depth at DE & he could eventually replace Antonio Smith. Some say he looks like a J.J. Watt clone, & I would hope that is the case.
99. Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn
Insurance for Butler in case he gets hurt or leaves in free agency next year. He played DE & TE at junior college before moving to OT when he transferred to Auburn, but that's almost a prerequisite to play for the Texans. Both Duane Brown & Eric Winston had TE experience before moving to OT, Connor Barwin & J.J. Watt also previously played TE. I can't see a scenario where the Texans don't target Mosley
121. David Molk, C, Michigan
There's no depth at Center, so best to have a backup for the worse case scenario. While everyone else was making their runs on WRs, I was busy reloading the offensive line. With this, the reloading project on the O-Line is complete.
145. Rhett Ellison, TE/FB, USC
His versatility will be helpful & his size can create mismatches. He can either replace or backup James Casey at FB so Casey can move back or rotate to TE, or he can be the #3 TE & develop in the offense.
161. Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, DT, Baylor
Missed out on Chapman & Hicks, so he's the next best option. Shaun Cody was serviceable as a NT, but he needs competition at NT.
195. Adrian Hamilton, OLB, Prairie View A&M
Everyone keeps harping about how deep the WR class is, yet they neglect to mention that the DE/OLB class is just as deep. Also, to quote Southpaw on this pick, "don't care what anyone says, 20 sacks in 11 games is pretty damn good no matter what level." He would be used in a rotation with Barwin, Reed, & possibly even Bryan Braman at OLB
233. Derek Carrier, WR, Beloit
A small school monster, 6'3" 240 lbs, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash & a 6.67 3 cone drill at the Wisconsin Pro Day. Very solid production despite crappy support & constant double & triple teams. Also, he was a three sport athlete at Beloit, playing football, basketball, & running track. Also excelled in his academics, so he's got a good head on his shoulders.
RB Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
Strong candidate to take over the #3 RB spot, also has return skills. Reminds me a lot of Maurice Jones-Drew
ILB Marcus Dowtin, North Alabama
Very good & instinctual ILB, but at 6'3" 230 lbs, he's a bit undersized. Good depth behind a group of veterans, hopefully can contribute on special teams as well.
RB Foswhitt Whittaker, Texas
Competition for Rainey, he's more of a speed demon, but coming off an ACL tear
DE Morkeith Brown, Temple
6'6" 270 lbs beast from Temple, only knock is that he's 26 years old, but he spent 3 years in the Army before attending Temple. I think Wade could use him at DE if he puts on more weight or at OLB if he sticks around this weight or drops some. Either way, Joe Marciano would put him to use on special teams
DT Mike Daniels, Iowa
More depth on the D-Line. At 6'1" 291 lbs, he's a tweener at DT & DE
Missed out on a kicker due to not being fast enough using my phone as UDFAs were free for alls. Guess I'd depend on the Texans finding a cheap veteran kicker. Also, Greg Zuerlein was drafted early in the 7th by the Vikings, making him the only kicker that was drafted.