AND THE HOUSTON TEXANS SELECT...
Josh Jordan's mock draft 3.0: The rule of three
They say good things come in threes. Hopefully, that's the case with my 3rd mock of the year. I have the Texans taking a player that would be an immediate upgrade, and will give the team some stability where there's currently a huge weakness. The Houston Texans have the 23rd pick, so let's take a look at how the draft board might stack up.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Oklahoma QB Kyler MurrayComposite photo by Brandon Strange
All signs point to the Cardinals drafting Kyler Murray.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Ohio State DE Nick Bosa
The 49ers take the best player on the board despite trading for Dee Ford.
3. New York Jets- Kentucky Edge Josh Allen
Passing on Josh Allen would be a mistake, and they need somebody to pressure Tom Brady.
4. Oakland Raiders- Alabama DL Quinnen Williams
Mike Mayock knows what he's doing. He'll take the best player on the board, and that's Williams.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Michigan DE Rashan Gary
The Bucs have to improve on defense. They roll with Gary to hide their weak secondary.
6. New York Giants- Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins
All this talk about Eli Manning playing several more years for the Giants is just a smoke screen. The Giants select their future QB here.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
The Jags want to run the ball and play good defense. They appear committed to Leonard Fournette, so they improve their o-line with the best right tackle in the NFL Draft. If Cam Robinson comes back healthy from his ACL, the Jaguars will love their starting tackles.
8. Detriot Lions- Mississippi State DE Montez Sweat
Matt Patricia is all about defense, and they have to get pressure on Aaron Rodgers. Trubisky and Cousins aren't too shabby either. Hopefully his heart condition doesn't push him down the board.
9. Buffalo Bills- Washington State OT Andre Dillard
The Bills might actually have an offensive line worse than the Texans. This pick is a no-brainer as they get the best left tackle available.
10. Denver Broncos- LSU LB Devin White
The Broncos had an elite defense the last time they won a Super Bowl. Devin White will make an immediate impact.
11. Cincinnati Bengals- Missouri QB Drew Lock
12. Green Bay Packers- Houston DL Ed Oliver
13. Miami Dolphins- Clemson DL Christian Wilkins
14. Atlanta Falcons- Oklahoma OT Cody Ford
15. Washington Redskins- Alabama OL Jonah Williams
16. Carolina Panthers- Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson
17. New York Giants- Michigan LB Devin Bush
18. Minnesota Vikings- Iowa TE Noah Fant
19. Tennessee Titans- Clemson Edge Clelin Ferrell
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- LSU CB Greedy Williams
21. Seattle Seahawks- Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown
22. Baltimore Ravens- Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
23. Houston Texans- Kansas St. OT Dalton Risner
I had the Texans selecting LSU corner Greedy Williams in my first mock, and had them taking Ole Miss tackle Greg Little in Mock Draft 2.0. This time, I have the Texans drafting a right tackle because there aren't any left tackles that are worth drafting this high. Also, with the Texans signing Matt Kalil, they are not locked in to taking a left tackle in the first round. I also think that current Texans left tackle Julién Davenport is a better bet to be a decent starter than current right tackle, Seantrel Henderson. Henderson can't stay on the field because of non-stop injuries, so the Texans need a right tackle just as much as they need a left tackle. Remember when the Texans had Eric Winston at right tackle? Yeah, those were good times. Hopefully Risner can have that type of impact.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears)- Florida State Edge Brian Burns
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Washington CB Byron Murphy
26. Indianapolis Colts- Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram
27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys)- Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
28. Los Angeles Chargers- Clemson DL Dexter Lawrence
29. Kansas City Chiefs- NC State C Garrett Bradbury
30. Green Bay Packers (via Saints)- Mississippi State DL Jeffery Simmons
31. Los Angeles Rams- Georgia CB Deandre Baker
32. New England Patriots- Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.
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