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Texans get Bs, Cs in 2012 draft grades

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 30, 2012 – 11:19 am

The Texans’ 2012 draft class was mildly well-received by media pundits, several of whom have graded the draft for all 32 NFL teams over the last couple of days.

It’s impossible to truly evaluate a draft class until a few seasons have passed (2006, anyone?), but that doesn’t stop people from posting draft grades anyway. And as long as they’re out there, we feel obligated to pass them along. Without further ado:

Houston Chronicle (John McClain): B
Analysis: “GM Rick Smith took a chance by trading out of the second round before getting [DeVier] Posey, suspended for 10 games last season, and [Brandon] Brooks, who wasn’t invited to the combine. [Ben] Jones was ranked second at center. [Jared] Crick was an excellent pick. [Randy] Bullock is first kicker drafted in team history.”

ESPN.com (Mel Kiper): B
Analysis: “I had Whitney Mercilus as a good fit at defensive end as high as No. 19 with the Bears, so he’s a pretty good value at No. 26. He isn’t Mario Williams, but the defense made a huge leap in 2011, and the Texans clearly want to make sure Wade Phillips has the tools he needs. He’s not a great value at No. 68 overall, but I’m intrigued by the DeVier Posey pick. He had to sit out so many games last year I don’t think scouts saw enough of him. He has really good hands, can create some matchup problems, and might be a little underrated in his ability to stretch the field. I also really like Keshawn Martin. He creates space and should stick with this team. Ben Jones and Brandon Brooks help the interior of that offensive line. I was surprised the Texans didn’t get a linebacker. At one time I saw Jared Crick as a second-rounder. If he regains form, that’s a good value in the fourth.”

NFL.com (Michael Lombardi): B
Analysis: “I always believe when you can strengthen a strength – and I think that’s the 49ers’ greatest testimony when they drafted Aldon Smith last year; it was a part of a strength – this year the Houston Texans can come off the edge. Whitney Mercilus can do that. I think that was outstanding. Brandon Brooks gives them another inside, strong player. I gave them a B. I like it.”

Sporting News (Vinnie Iyer): B
Analysis: “Key picks: OLB/DE Whitney Mercilus, WR DeVier Posey, DT Jared Crick. Following up the J.J. Watt-Brooks Reed combination, Wade Phillips should feel very good how his elite 3-4 just reloaded, again.”

FOXSports.com (John Czarnecki): B-
Analysis: “Houston has consistently selected defensive players in the first round, and didn’t disappoint its fans with Illinois pass rusher Whitney Mercilus, who had 16 sacks last season. Some teams pegged Mercilus as a one-year wonder, but he suits what defensive coordinator Wade Phillips loves to do. … Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick was another gem with the 126th overall pick. … Apparently, the Texans want to cut Jacoby Jones loose based on taking two more receivers in Ohio State’s DeVier Posey and Michigan State’s Keshawn Martin, who’s not afraid to go over the middle. Martin has 4.46 speed and figures to be a plus in the return game as well.”

Analysis: “There was the good — Whitney Mercilus gives Houston another excellent pass-rusher after Mario Williams’ departure — and the very good — G Brandon Brooks (76) and DE/DT Jared Crick (126) could both be huge for the Texans. There was also a complete meltdown at wide receiver with red flag-heavy DeVier Posey (68) and inconsistent Keshawn Martin (121).”

Yahoo! (Jason Cole): C
Analysis: “There’s nothing wrong with the [Whitney] Mercilus pick, but I keep coming back to the idea that if the Texans needed a pass rusher, why didn’t they just spend the money and keep Mario Williams? That would have freed the team to use its first-round pick on another need or do something more creative. Williams was expensive, but there are times in the building of a team that you spend big to get big results. The Texans are finally at the point of making a big run and they made a move that screamed of remaining middle of the pack. [DeVier] Posey is an intriguing athlete with return ability and [Brandon] Brooks and [Ben] Jones could be starters in fairly short order if the team wants to push them.”

CBS Sports (Rob Rang): C
Analysis: “With a talented group of linebackers already in the fold, it was a surprise to some that the Texans elected to add another pass rusher in Illinois’ Whitney Mercilus in the first round but considering his production and upside, he may have been simply too good to ignore at No. 26. Some veteran talent evaluators thought he was limited to remaining as a 4-3 defensive end. Frankly, this wasn’t Houston’s only head-scratcher. There were better receivers still on the board for the Texans when they instead selected Devier Posey and Keshawn Martin in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. On the other hand, the Texans may wind up with steals in guard Brandon Brooks in the third and versatile, high-effort defensive lineman Jared Crick in the fourth.”

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17 Responses to “Texans get Bs, Cs in 2012 draft grades”

  1. By Steven Barrera on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    “There’s nothing wrong with the [Whitney] Mercilus pick, but I keep coming back to the idea that if the Texans needed a pass rusher, why didn’t they just spend the money and keep Mario Williams?”

    Because drafting a guy that can probably give you the same production as Williams at a fraction of the cost is a smarter move than overpaying a guy that is injury prone and takes plays off.

  2. By E on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cole- keep Mario u do know there is a salary cap right? The texans possibly could of kept Mario and lost Myers, foster and all the contracts for next year such as barwin and brown plus mario just seems a better fit for a 4-3 Why do they let people who know nothing about a team write on them if ur ignorant about a team then don’t write about them

  3. By thebigturds on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Want in the Sporting Goods Business….. http://www.prostarathletics.net GO TEXANS

  4. By Marty on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    There was a sizable talent gap between the Texans and the rest of the AFC-South in 011. That gap has now narrowed. I still see the Texans in real battles with Cincy for the div. title. I’m also betting that the Texans got a sleeper in their undrafted free agents. It’s the big TE whose name now escapes me.

  5. By Derek Arnold on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Texans wasted golden pick by passing up Ruben Randle. They essentially got Posey, and Jones for the tradded pick.

    Taking 2 backups, for 1 potential star is not intelligent thinking, but Kubiak has made this silly move more than once in past drafts.

    Take the star, just like Jerry Jones did.

    Ruben Randle will make the pro bowl, Posey and Jones NEVER will.

  6. By Slappy on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    I love the Case Keenum pickup. Fi you watch any of his game tape he really is a good decision maker, and accurate passer.

    I would like to see him compete for the number 2 spot this year.

    Has potential to start someday I think.

    But as with most undrafted players who were college stars, it will be boom or bust.

    Good move to give the local kids a shot on the home team.

  7. By frank on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    the texans are now are probably the best team in the afc and certainly in the afc south.

  8. By travis Meusborn on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Wondering why they didn’t give Fuller out of A&M a chance to come in as a FA. Yea, he had some drops but I think he could contribute.

  9. By Paul on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Note to Yahoo! – You failed at the search engine and now you have failed at sports coverage. The Texans could NOT afford Mario! I have no problem with critiquing the picks. After all, none of us know what these players will do in the NFL, but at least have some good insight if you attempting to do this as a profession.

  10. By Jeremy Smith on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Cole- as others have probably now informed you if we had signed Mario we would not have been able to sign Foster nor Meyers. We did well without Mario last year we showed we could win without him.

    Mario left so we picked up Bradie James and drafted Whitney Mercilus

    Jacoby Jones is unproductive and Andre needs help so we drafted Devier Posey not to star and be a Pro Bowler but to play complimentary role an Alvin Harper to Michael Irvin per say.

    Because Jacoby doesnt realize that running North/South gains more yardage on returns we drafted Keshawn Martin to show him

    We lost Winston and Brisiel in free agency so we drafted Brooks and Jones solid picks

    We also gave Wade Phillips a gift for turning our Defense around by drafting Jared Crick who was the compliment to Ndamakung Suh when they were together at Nebraska

    Overall we did good not to mention we picked up Keenum in undrafted Free Agency dont underestimate this mans ability he is no Andre Ware he is capable of having a impact in the league

    I would have liked to see us pick up a TE and a CB to replace Kareem Jackson and Jason Allen who we lost to Free agency

  11. By TJD42 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply


  12. By DNor78 on Apr 30, 2012 | Reply

    Posey has 1st round tools but was not in a position to show them in college. The Texans have never taken a character guy but I trust they’ve checked this one out as advertised. If he pays off like a 1st rounder great if they risked a 3rd rounder on a dud, oh well. There is a lot of upside to Posey. There a reason we are typing on a blog and the Staff of the Texans have reached the pinnacle of their industry making the big money. I mock draft every year and usually get pretty close but this year was crazy, however, after several good drafts I think these guys get the knod until proven otherwise.

  13. By Bill on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    We did just fine last year with Mario hurt so why not replace him and save the money

  14. By Hadley on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    This pick does not make any sense. Why draft a mini Jacoby, when their was a clearly better receiver better in Mohammed Sanu out of Rutgers. Did they watch game tape of Posey? Falls after first hit, does not go up and get the ball when he’s in traffic, and shows not skill for difficultly thrown balls. If it is not in his hands then he won’t try hard enough. He’s has mediocre hands and the only thing he has going for him is he will at least try to duck his head and run. Mohammed Sanu is everything good that Posey is not and the Texans will pay for this lapse in judgement.

  15. By Eduardo (from Brazil) on May 1, 2012 | Reply

    some of these guys are just supid

    first of all, the guy who mentioned Mario just doesn’t know anything about our team.

    second, Posey was a great pick, he was a big steal in the draft, he was going to be a 1st rounder if he had played last season, and Martin

  16. By WannabeGenius on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    Across the board, excellent picks. Whitney Mercilus can be an outstanding situational pass rusher. Eventually, he may give Reed a run for his money.

    I have no problem with Posey. His stats were respectable during his sophomore and junior seasons. He has good size and speed. He played against quality competition. Can he go over the middle, make a catch and take a hit? The fear factor matters. Receivers that are hesitant cannot make it in the NFL. I think Posey will be fine.

    I really hope Case Keenum makes it. He has a quick release, good football instincts and a legacy of statistical greatness. I’ve seen Case throw many “long balls”. He has a strong arm and can manuever well in the pocket. Hopefully with his height a bit shorter than the norm, he won’t have batted down throws, although Schaub is 6.5 and does on occassion.

    I give the Texans an A+ on the draft. Also, signing twenty one UDFA was a good move.

  17. By Luis on May 2, 2012 | Reply

    A couple of other people have already said it but oh well me too. Jason Cole, learn something about the team before you write about them. Keeping Mario was not possible at all, we would have Mario and every other free agent would of been gone cause we would have been out of money.

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