The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the Houston Texans and pick No. 58.
With the 58th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the Houston Texans select California wide receiver Marvin Jones.
Tim from Battle Red Blog explains the choice and I respond after the jump. For the latest on the Texans, makes sure to check out his site BattleRedBlog.com.
Tim explains: The deficiency in Houston's receiving corps is well-documented. After Andre Johnson, the Texans have a solid veteran who may be losing a step (Kevin Walter), a guy who follows up a highlight play with three bad ones (Jacoby Jones), and no one else ready to develop. It's not a matter of if Gary Kubiak will take a wide receiver but when and how many. Since it's our call, Battle Red Blog takes Marvin Jones in round two.
Off many people's radars in January, Jones has steadily improved his stock with a strong Senior Bowl week and great Combine. He's got everything the Texans value in a wide receiver: the ability to play in the slot or outside, the route-running skills that'll mesh well in the West Coast Offense, and the size that the front office prefers. As a side note, the Texans have had 10 receivers catch a pass in the Kubiak Era, seven were 6'0'', 200 pounds or larger, which Jones is.
All said, Jones fits what the organization wants, improves a weak receiving corps, and should make Houston fans happy.
Dan Kadar responds: Some contend that the Texans need to draft an offensive tackle early to replace Eric Winston on the right side. But in releasing Winston, the Texans coaching staff indicated their scheme is more important than the players in it. With that ideal in mind, the team can wait to fill the need there. So wide receiver is a good way to go. Don't forget that Johnson is already 30, and had injury issues last season. I somewhat question passing on a surehanded player like Mohamed Sanu, but Jones is more of a vertical receiver so it's a good scheme fit.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||Story|
|2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||Story|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||OT||USC||Story|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Story|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Story|
|6||St. Louis Rams||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||Story|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Story|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||Story|
|9||Carolina Panthers||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||Story|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Mike Adams||OT||Ohio State||Story|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||Riley Reiff||OT||Iowa||Story|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama||Story|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Martin||OT||Stanford||Story|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||David DeCastro||G||Stanford||Story|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College||Story|
|16||New York Jets||Melvin Ingram||DE||South Carolina||Story|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Story|
|18||San Diego Chargers||Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Story|
|19||Chicago Bears||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Story|
|20||Tennessee Titans||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Story|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Cordy Glenn||OT||Georgia||Story|
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
|36||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|39||St. Louis Rams
||Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina
|44||Kansas City Chiefs
|47||New York Jets
|48||New England Patriots
|49||San Diego Chargers