Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
#26 Overall -- Whitney Mercilus / DE / Illinois
#9 defensive end on my board and had a 2nd round grade on Mercilus. Questionable pick considering who they passed up, but Texans obviously feel good about his 1 year of production. Relentless motor and gets a lot of his sacks due to second and third effort as opposed to flat out winning at the snap. Not the worst pick here, but not the best either in my opinion. Grade: C+
#68 Overall -- DeVier Posey / WR / Ohio St.
Posey wasn't on my draft board. Not a fan of him off the field or on it. I don't like this pick at all. Grade: F-
#76 Overall -- Brandon Brooks / OG / Miami (Ohio)
#3 guard on my board and had a 3rd round grade on Brooks. Should fit in well with the Texans zone blocking scheme. This kid can flat out play and should've been invited to the combine. Grade: A-
#99 Overall -- Ben Jones / C / Georgia
I had a 6th round grade on Jones and was rated my #6 center. One of the more overhyped offensive line prospects in the draft, and I just never saw it. Looked clueless at times. This is a reach. Grade: D+
#121 Overall -- Keshawn Martin / WR / Michigan St.
I didn't have Martin on my draft board. Slot receiver who could make the roster for Texans, but probably could've had him later. Grade: C-
#126 Overall -- Jared Crick / DE-DT / Nebraska
#14 defensive tackle on my board and #5 3-4 defensive end should he get looks from teams employing a 30 front and gave him a 4th round grade. Struggled with injuries as a Senior but can flat out play. One of the better picks of the entire 4th round. Grade: B
#161 Overall -- Randy Bullock / K / Texas A&M
I don't scout kickers unless they're in high school and in our division.
#195 Overall -- Nick Mondek / OT / Purdue
I didn't scout Mondek and will defer to the Texans on this pick.