Round 2, 33rd overall: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
The Texans might consider trading down here but after losing out on Teddy Bridgewater when the Vikings jumped ahead of them at no. 32, they won't take that risk again.
What do we know about the type of quarterbacks Bill O'Brien likes? Not enough to pinpoint any particular prospect, but he has mentioned a few qualities that narrow it down. This quote on what O'Brien looks for comes from Don Banks of Sports Illustrated.
To me it's really two things. The guy has to be able to throw the ball accurately and a guy has to have intelligence. He has to have a quick mind. He's got to be able to process things in two or three seconds.
We know that Garoppolo had a visit with the Texans so they're clearly interested.
Round 3, 75th overall (Trade): Jack Mewhort, OT/OG Ohio State
The Texans have a need at both left guard and right tackle which Mewhort a great prospect to target since he's capable of playing both positions.
Guard might be Mewhort's best position due to having shorter-than-ideal arms for the tackle position. Putting him up against fast edge-rushers could be an issue since scouts like Lance Zierlein from The Sideline View also question his athleticism:
I can promise you that these same offensive line coaches will watch film on Mewhort and see just how well-coached he's been and how fundamentally sound he is in both the running game and passing game. Mewhort uses excellent hand placement but doesn't have the length to just keep pass rushers at the end of his punch. I suspect his limited athleticism will cause issues with backside cutoffs and reach blocks on the next level.
Click here for a breakdown of the trade involved with this pick.
Round 4, 101st overall: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
Similar to the running back position, the Texans lost players to free agency at linebacker on top of having a star trying to come off major surgery. Christian Jones is a versatile athlete who can play at either outside linebacker or inside linebacker in the Texans 3-4 scheme according to Lance Zierlein of The Sideline View.
For more on this pick check out my previous mock draft.
Round 4, 110th overall (from Rams): Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
With Arian Foster coming off back surgery, the Texans at least need some young legs to provide depth at running back. If that running back they draft for depth happens to develop into a starter that would be even better because Foster, who will be 28 years old when the season starts, is quickly approaching the end of his prime.
Sims reminds me a lot of former NFL running back Charlie Garner. Like Garner, Sims is dangerous both as a runner and receiver. Sims came to NRG Stadium in Houston for a visit recently so it appears that the Texans are definitely interested in the former Houston Cougar.
He would be a massive steal in the fourth round.
Round 4, 135th overall: Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
They didn't add a single corner during the 2013 NFL draft and released their slot corner from the last couple seasons, Brice McCain before free agency started this offseason. Cornerback remains an urgent need.
Rang from CBS Sports expands on Mitchell's skills in his breakdown of the cornerback:
Sports a lean, athletic frame with long arms and a gambling mentality that can result in big plays. Fluid hips to change directions and shows good acceleration out of his turns to run with receivers across the middle or downfield. Alert defender who reads the quarterback and receiver, responding well when the ball is in the air. Very confident in his ability to close. Will bait quarterbacks, allowing room to receivers and breaking downhill hard to close in a flash. Competes for the football, showing good timing to leap, as well as the hand-eye coordination to battle bigger receivers. Showed significant improvement as an interceptor in 2013, snaring five passes after just two combined over his previous two starting seasons.
Round 5, 141st overall (Compensatory): E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
The Texans need multiple corners in this year's draft to replace what they've already lost and are likely to lose in the future. Gaines has the combination of speed and length that I like to see in cornerback prospects.
For more on this player check out my previous mock draft.
Round 6, 177th overall: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
A team will fall in love with Thomas with his size and arm strength. Thomas didn't preform at a high level during college but does possess good upside. The Texans brought in Thomas for a visit last month.
Round 6, 181st overall (from Raiders): Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
Versatile player who was solid as a receiver and ball-carrier on top of being a plus blocker. Millard is the best athlete at fullback in this draft in my opinion.
Round 6, 211th overall (Compensatory): Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
Saunders is lightning quick with good hands and great moves in space. Last year at Oklahoma Saunders led the Sooners in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. The Texans need a slot receiver.
Round 7, 216th overall: Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut
Big, strong run stuffer who Rob Rang of CBS compares to Cam Thomas of the San Diego Chargers. I'll take that in the seventh round.
Round 7, 256th overall: Lonnie Ballentine, S, Memphis
Good height/speed prospect. Might be a contributor on special teams early on. Texans brought him in for a visit last month according to State of the Texans.