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VanderMock 2.0: The final edition


Here we are at the threshold of the draft and it's time for me to take one last stab at what the Texans might do. Since no one in the front office has asked for my opinion I thought I would just write it down here, for entertainment purposes only, of course.

Round 1: Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin
Some of the big name QBs are off the board. The price to move up was the draft pick equivalent of the national deficit. The Texans know that they need help here as Derek Newton recovers from severe injuries to both knees and Duane Brown prepares to complete a decade in the NFL. Ramczyk has the tools to be very effective on Sundays.

Round 2: Davis Webb, QB, California
Webb has impressed a lot of people in the pre-draft process and will go high in the second round. So Rick Smith trades one of his 4th round picks, a pick from next year and some barbecue to move up early in round two and grab a player that some think might turn out to be the best quarterback in this draft.

Round 3: D'onta Foreman, RB, Texas
Yes, we're going offense in the first three rounds. Yes, I know the defense needs help too. But this team will need to run the rock. A lot. And as well as Lamar Miller played and as tough as Alfred Blue is, they still need more horsepower in the backfield. The Texas City product provides that.

69. D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texas Previous: 64 Combine: Foreman did not test at the Combine, only performing the bench press (18 reps of 225 lb.). He ran a 4.45 at his Pro Day at 235 lb. Ummm, that’s good. Overall: At 233 lb, Foreman forced a lot of second and third level defenders into business decisions. I saw defensive backs not only stay engaged on blocks but re-engage on blocks with receivers to avoid having to tackle the big fella in burnt orange. He came out of nowhere to star for the Longhorns in 2016, but his style is tailor-made for the next level. He’s not going to run 4.4, but he runs well, probably in the 4.5 range, which is more than adequate for a back his size. The first name that comes to mind is Patriots LeGarrette Blount, but the more I watch, Foreman is better laterally and more agile. Then, I thought about Bengals star Jeremy Hill. Once I had Hill in my sights, it really fit as a player comparison for Foreman. He’s a decisive, downhill runner as you’d expect but he did carry it a ton last year. Are the tires worn a bit or is he just getting started? Final Thoughts: At that size, it’s easy to mistake Foreman for being a plow runner, but he’s a power runner with speed. He’s not going to run defenders over unless he has to, but he’s bigger and faster than Leonard Fournette. He did have a lot of space last year to run in Texas wide open spread attack, but how he transitions with interior runs against stacked boxes will determine how long he can survive in this league.

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Round 4: John Johnson, S, Boston College
We all know the Texans lost Quintin Demps and A.J. Bouye. So they add a player here who can play safety and even spend time in the slot in a pinch. Corey Moore and K.J. Dillon want to be heard from, but you always need a ton of bodies in the secondary. That's how they found Bouye in the first place.

Round 5: Blair Brown, ILB, Ohio
No, not Ohio State, Ohio! Yes, it's in the MAC. But this guy was an All-MAC first teamer. He flies around the field and makes plays everywhere. He'll be in the 'Impossible not to notice' category in camp. He'll play special teams and work hard to show he belongs as a position player.

Round 7: Michael Rector, WR, Stanford
It's late in the draft and always important to pick players here who do at least one thing well. Rector can RUN – close to a 4.4, and he'll add depth to an already potentially explosive group that's looking to mature. It's wise invite another set of wheels to the party as the Texans aim to score a lot more.

Check out side-by-side shots of Texans players from their days in college to their time as a Texan.

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