Houston Texans 2012 NFL Draft Grades
The Houston Texans had a year of ‘firsts’ in 2011. They won their first AFC South division crown. They made the playoffs for the first time. And they even won their first playoff game.
They’re now in contention for the playoffs and possibly a Super Bowl, and a solid draft would make them even better. Let’s see how their 2012 draft picks ended up grading out:
Round 1 (Pick 26) – Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois
Mercilus was a bit of a one year wonder, but he dominated in his final season at Illinois and projects well to Houston’s 3-4. Not just that, but the Texans needed another pass-rusher for their rotation with Mario Williams gone to Buffalo. Great pick.
Round 3 (Pick 68) – Devier Posey, WR, Ohio State
Jacoby Jones is gone because of ineffectiveness, and Posey enters with a chance to start right away. He has good size and can make plays, and comes in at a position of need.
Round 3 (Pick 76) – Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)
Houston adds to a strength here and beefs up their run-blocking with the addition of a potential stud guard in Brooks. He could have gone in round two, so they land a steal in the third.
Round 4 (Pick 99) – Ben Jones, C, Georgia
Houston made a change at center this off-season, so they grab a very talented young center to groom for the future. Very solid value in the fourth.
Round 4 (Pick 121) – Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State
The Texans add even more depth at wide receiver with Martin, who is explosive with nice play-making ability.
Round 4 (Pick 126) – Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
Houston’s run defense is already tough as nails, but it just got stronger and deeper with the addition of Crick. Crick slipped due to a pectoral injury, but is a great talent to snag in the fourth.
Round 5 (Pick 161) – Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
Neil Rackers is gone, so the Texans try to move on with Bullock, who was consistent in college and has the leg and accuracy to excel at the next level.
Round 6 (Pick 195) – Nick Mondek, OT, Purdue
Houston has a hole at offensive tackle after releasing Eric Winston, so they finally address it with their final pick of the draft. He’s a project, but he has excellent size and could be groomed into an eventual starter.
Houston plugged a ton of holes in this draft and landed several impact players. They’re a very tough, balanced team already on both sides of the ball, so this draft was all about depth and getting some guys to increase the level of competition prior to the season. I would have liked to see them go after an offensive tackle earlier, but otherwise I find few problems with how this draft unfolded.
Overall Grade: B+