The weeks in between the combine/pro-days and the draft are usually filled with such excitement for me. No more tests or drills or proving to be done, everyone's chips are on the felt. However, personally, I hate how much a draft stock can rise and fall after football STOPS being played.
This year's best example is WR Stephen Hill. This guy was barely on the Top 3 Round Radar before the combine, now he is the copy and paste selection for the Texans at #26. I am not a huge fan of this pick because I see too much fan emotion behind it. I wrote a post on the Texans Sb Nation Blog about this recently, and of course Hill is somewhat of a consensus pick, it is MUCH more fun to scout WRs than Olineman or LBs.
The thought of adding a real weapon opposite of Andre Johnson for the first time ever has Texans fans foaming at the mouth. Yet, a case can be made that a few other positions are just as high priorities. The fact is, Texans fans hate Jacoby Jones for muffing a punt in the playoff game against the Ravens and want him replaced immediately. With that said, it is Apr. 4 and Jacoby is still a Texan, and I think he will be until someone knocks him out of the WR3 rank.
So, when making your mocks for the next two weeks, be as creative as you wish on the Texans picks because anyone with a 1st round grade should be considered. The main positions that compete with WR are OLB and OG but if an ILB or DT are rated higher, plug them in. I see Fleener mocked, I see Hightower sometimes and think "Hey, that could happen and our team would better.".
In conclusion, I know the Texans are not the most interesting NFL team to talk about, but we are a serious threat in the AFC and this draft is an opportunity to add a few more playmakers. So, use your imagination and if you can make an argument for it, then put your best playmaker in at 26 and let me know why.