Welcome to the start of the second round of the 2014 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft. This round will start just like the last one did, with Brett Kollmann of Battle Red Blog making the top pick for the Houston Texans.
In Round 1, Kollmann happily strode to the podium to announce the selection of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. With that out of the way, who is his choice at No. 33 overall? I'll let Mr. Kollmann himself explain ...
|33. Texans||Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame||DT||6'5||304||SR|
"Houston has its quarterback of the future in Teddy Bridgewater, so now it’s time to give J.J. Watt some help. Stephon Tuitt, when healthy, was one of the 10-15 most feared players in this entire draft class. He, along with fellow Golden Domer Louis Nix, dominated college football’s offensive lines all the way to the national championship game in 2012 with superb stack and shed ability and an excellent pass rush skill set. Were it not for an unfortunate string of injuries since the end of that 2012 campaign, perhaps we would still be looking at Tuitt as a very high first-round draft pick.
At 6’5 and 304 pounds with nearly 35-inch arms, Tuitt’s rare combination of size, power, quickness and finesse that he put on display two seasons ago drew comparisons to Muhammad Wilkerson and Calais Campbell, and to be honest it’s hard to disagree. If Tuitt’s fractured foot heals properly, which is highly likely, then Houston may have found itself one of the most dominant defensive end tandems in quite some time. Between Watt and Tuitt working inside, 2012 first-round draft pick Whitney Mercilus coming off one edge, and the athletically freaky Trevardo Williams coming off the other, Andrew Luck would have nowhere to hide. I’ll take that any day of the week."
Dan Kadar, our exuberant NFL Draft analyst, has some thoughts and opinions to share on the Texans' mock draft pick of Tuitt:
If Houston passes on Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall choice in the draft, Tuitt is a solid consolation prize at the top of the second round. Tuitt is similar in a lot of ways to former Texans defensive lineman Antonio Smith. He may not blow you away with sensational plays, but he's a steady factor up front capable of playing the run and the pass.
We'll go ahead and schedule one more pick in the mock draft for 3 p.m. ET. Get excited, Washington Redskins fans, because your team is on the clock for the first time this year, and Ken Meringolo of Hogs Haven is scribbling a name on a card as we speak.
|12||Louis Nix||DT||Notre Dame||6'2||326|
|26||Jimmie Ward||S||Northern Illinois||5'11||193|
|33||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State||6'2||298|
|35||Demarcus Lawrence||DE||Boise State||6'3||251|
|1||1||Houston Texans||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville|
|2||33||Houston Texans||Stephon Tuitt||DT||Notre Dame|