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Breakfast: Texans mailbag with John Harris


Let's get to my Friday breakfast mailbag…

From Darren - @DMAC
Q: What about Ryan Anderson OLB?

A: I'm all about Anderson and he'd fit well in this defense because he could do any number of things. I watched a show called SEC Film Room on SEC Network last fall and they had Anderson on talking about facing Texas A&M's offense. He noted that in his film study that he saw A&M's tackles giving away pass or run by their stances. His football IQ is off the charts and this coaching staff would love that. He's not as "twitched up" as his teammate Tim Williams, but Anderson is a more complete and versatile overall player.

Yeah, I'd be happy with Anderson and would hope that the Texans could snatch him up at No. 57. I just don't think they'll be able to, as I have him in the top 45 in my Harris 100.

From Boyd - @TxTsr
Q: JOHN (Boyd likes to scream my name by using All Caps, at least that's how I hear it in my head). JERRY UGOKWE (tackle at William & Mary) is supposed to be potentially another Derek Newton. What do you think about him as a 7th round pick?

A: Newton was a 7th rounder in 2011 and has been a mainstay at right tackle opposite Duane Brown since. Unfortunately, he injured both knees on Monday Night Football in Denver last year. I'd love to see No. 72 back in the lineup, but the Texans may need to prepare for him to not be ready before the 2017 season starts. As it pertains to Ugokwe, he's a fluid moving athlete and devoured FCS competition while at William & Mary. He hasn't played a ton of football, as he only started playing the sport late in his high school career. As such, his best football is ahead of him. I imagine the Texans will eye a tackle much earlier than the 7th round, but if they decide to look at additional tackle picks, he might be one for late on Day 3 (if he lasts that long). I could see him going as early as late in the 5th round. He can play, no matter the level, but the transition is going to take a bit.


From Nick - @sauer…** Q: Thoughts on the QB from Western Michigan?

A: That quarterback is Zach Terrell, a four-year starter at Western. He finished the 2016 season with 33 touchdowns and only four interceptions, which jumps out right away when looking at his numbers. On the field, he reminds me a bit of former Georgia quarterback and 2014 5th rounder Aaron Murray. I was shocked that Terrell didn't get an invite to the combine; that was a miss. However, he's a tough kid and a winner, has the intangibles. He doesn't have a cannon arm, but it's better than some in this draft class. He will hold the ball a tad too long, which could be an issue in the future if he doesn't quicken up his decision making, especially on throwing downs.

From Seth - @Iowa…
Q: Do you think the Texans would draft Obi Melifonwu at 25?

A: Look, anything is possible, but I'd imagine that Melifonwu is on their draft board. Drafting Melifonwu at 25, though, makes sense only if the quarterbacks they like and the two top tackles are off the board. I'm not sold on tackle Cam Robinson, especially at tackle, so if Garett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk and any quarterbacks they like are off the board, it makes sense to look Melifonwu's way. There's little question that he's an amazing athlete, but that has to translate on the field. There are times that it does, as he transitions to ball carriers or he's playing with range in the middle of the field. It would be strange to see a 6-4, 224 lb. safety in a Texans uniform, but if it happens, I'm not going to hate it.

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