VanderMock 3.0: Getting defensive


So much has happened since we published VanderMock 1.0. We had the Combine, the start of free agency and new seasons of Mad Men, Game of Thrones and House of Cards came out (These really have nothing to do with a mock draft other than me needing to get this piece done before I start binge-watching).

So, here it is. The entire 2015 Texans draft according to me, with zero input from the Texans brass (they're too busy doing real draft business).

Round 1 - Alvin "Bud" Dupree OLB-DE, Kentucky
You're thinking 'What? We just drafted Clowney and we still have Whitney Mercilus!' But Clowney is coming off a very tough injury and Mercilus is in the final year of his deal. Besides, you just lost Brooks Reed. The fact that the Texans signed Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts might (I said 'might') take receiver out of the mix in this round and that leaves the team with taking the best player available in a position group where you need some fortification.

Round 2 – Tyler Lockett, WR Kansas State
There's been a run on wide receivers and the Texans want one so they pounce on this versatile Wildcat. He's fast, he can return kicks and you don't have to start him at WR on opening day, enabling the coaches to ease him into the line up. On returnability, some guys have it and some guys don't. He's got it, big time.

Round 3 – B.J. Finney, C-G  Kansas State
The departure of Chris Myers puts Ben Jones in the driver's seat at Center but the coaches love competition and Finney is a three time All-Big12 player who helps deepen the group on the interior line. No word on whether he's eaten bugs or drinks hot tub water like Jones has previously done but he'll find a way to fit in.

Round 4 – Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Auburn
He led the SEC in rushing and was one of only six backs in the FBS to have more than 300 carries. He's a workhorse and with a non-stop motor who will mesh well with the culture. Did I mention that Arian Foster is entering his 7th year?

Round 5 – Austin Shepherd, OT Alabama
The Texans have their tackles but behind them it's a bit of a question mark. Tyson Clabo entered the league the year Facebook was invented, Will Yeatman was hurt in '14 and last season's undrafted free agents were…well, undrafted free agents. Shepherd can play tackle or guard and started 27 games for a pretty good program.

**Round 5 (via trade)- Lorenzo Doss, CB Tulane

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The Texans trade their sixth and seventh round picks to jump back into the fifth and take Doss (which really helps me get this article done a lot faster). He had 12 career picks and two touchdowns at Tulane and you can never have enough corners.

Round 5 (comp pick) – Titus Davis, WR Central Michigan
The fact that I was once Voice of the Chippewas has nothing to do with this pick (lie). I really do like his ability to get open. He has pretty good size and could possibly find a way to get some snaps in the slot. Plus, I like the name Titus.

Round 6 (comp pick) – Trey DePriest, LB Alabama
He played for Saban blah blah blah, SEC pedigree blah blah blah. It's round six. Don't think too hard. No one here was invited to Chicago. He's a good fit in a 3-4 and just might earn his way onto the final 53.

Round 6 (comp pick) Trey Williams, RB  Texans A&M
He's got speed, twitch and catching ability out of the backfield and is a bit of a pocket Hercules at 5-7, 195. This is the kind of guy who hangs around on the practice squad. Then you sign him in a pinch for spot duty and he gives you a hundy with some lagniappe through the air. It's late in the Draft. Take a chance.

Texans analyst and radio sideline reporter John Harris unveiled his top 100 prospects for the NFL Draft. (Photos courtesy of AP)

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