It's January, which means it's the beginning of Mock Draft season for NFL writers around the worldwide web.
Two analysts, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and NFL.com's Bucky Brooks, offered up their first mocks of 2010 on Wednesday.
Yes, the draft is more than three months away, and it's still unkown whether the Texans will pick 19th or 20th (that will be determined by a coin flip with the Atlanta Falcons at the scouting combine). But these days, it's never too early to speculate --- especially when it comes to the draft.
Kiper has the Texans selecting Brian Price, a 6-2, 300-pound defensive tackle out of UCLA. Kiper's analysis:
"Price is hidden away a bit in such a deep class of defensive linemen, but he's a disruptive force who utilizes great leverage. He should add depth to an improving defense."
Brooks thinks the Texans will end up with Earl Thomas, the safety out of Texas.
"The former Longhorn would give the Texans' secondary a serious jolt with his speed and range in the middle," Brooks writes.
Kiper and Brooks must not think much of the Texans' coin-toss skills --- both writers have the Texans picking 20th and the Falcons 19th.
For the record, the Texans won the coin toss before nine of 16 games in the 2009 season.