Zach Mettenberger—QB LSU
Mettenberger is a high-upside prospect with great size and arm strength. He showed that he was capable of improving during his one season with former NFL coach Cam Cameron as his offensive coordinator. He has second-round talent and upside, but the red flags surrounding him are concerning.
Logan Thomas—QB Virginia Tech
Thomas is an intriguing size/arm strength prospect with big upside. There are plenty of things to like about him, but I'm a little skeptical after he failed to post big numbers during his time at Virginia Tech.
Thomas is a project quarterback in my opinion, but Greg Cosell of Yahoo! Sports thinks he is more "pro-ready" now than Cam Newton was when he was drafted first overall in 2011. The Texans had Thomas in for a visit last month, so clearly the team's coaches are among those interested in him.
Brett Smith—QB Wyoming
Brett Smith is another intriguing athlete at the quarterback position. Every quarterback likely to be available in the sixth round or later has at least a few flaws, but I could argue that the quarterbacks at the top of board do as well.
Smith has an odd throwing motion and takes too many chances, but his athleticism and ability to make quick reads make him a prospect worth taking a chance on, according to Dane Brugler of CBS Sports.
Smith doesn't have elite physical tools, but he's an athletic, confident and decisive passer who set numerous school and conference records in college. He needs to develop his decision-making, but is tough, gutsy and plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Christian Jones—LB Florida State
Jones is a great athlete and a versatile linebacker who I think can play both inside and outside in a 3-4 scheme. Lance Zierlein of The Sideline View calls him the best tackler in the draft and thinks he would make the biggest impact as a 3-4 inside linebacker, where he can chase, cover and make plays in space.
Shayne Skov—ILB Stanford
CBS Sports has Skov ranked as the third-best inside linebacker in this year's draft, but injury concerns have pushed him down the board a little bit. Rob Rang of CBS Sports says that he possesses the ideal style of play for an inside linebacker. He's a playmaker who reminds me a lot of Cushing every time I watch him play.
Terrance Mitchell—CB Oregon
Scouts like Rang like his fluid hips, change-of-direction ability and acceleration, which should mean he'd be a nice fit as a slot corner, where the Texans have a big need.
E.J. Gaines—CB Missouri
Gaines is a speedy corner with long arms who is probably best as an outside corner. He possesses fluid hips and an ability to turn and run with receivers, according to Rang, which makes him an option as a slot corner as well. The Texans need corners badly, regardless of if they play outside or in the slot.
Storm Johnson—RB UCF
Rang likes his burst and vision as a runner, which should make him a good fit in the Texans' zone scheme. One other thing I like about Johnson is that he was lightly used in college, with only one 200-plus-carry season, meaning he should still have plenty of tread left on the tire.
Jalen Saunders—WR Oklahoma
The super-quick Saunders ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Playing primarily in the slot last year at Oklahoma, he led the Sooners in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. I think Saunders would be a perfect fit as the Texans' slot receiver.
Michael Campanaro—WR Wake Forest
Michael Campanaro has a solid frame—unlike Jalen Saunders—despite not being very tall. Like Saunders, he is a super-quick prospect who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Nolan Nawrocki of NFL.com says he has natural hands and would be a great fit as a slot receiver.
Also like Saunders, Campanaro led his team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns during his senior season.
Trey Millard—FB Oklahoma
Millard is another versatile prospect who is a solid blocker but also can contribute as a ball-carrier and pass-catcher. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports called him a "Swiss army knife" for the multiple ways he can impact a football team:
Millard is a Swiss army knife on the roster with the ability to impact the offense in a number of ways, also making plays on special teams coverage. He is a gritty football player and open-minded to play wherever teams want, serving as a versatile threat whenever he's on the field. Millard is the type who can be the unsung hero of a team and carve out a niche as a 10-year NFL pro, doing his best work as a pass-catcher.
Every team needs players who can play multiple positions and help on special teams on top of their offensive or defensive duties with just a 46-player game day roster. Millard will be a very valuable player for whichever team drafts him.
Antonio Richardson—OT Tennessee
Antonio Richardson is a massive tackle that Rob Rang and Derek Stephens of CBS Sports compared to former Dallas Cowboy Erik Williams. Meanwhile, Nawrocki had a late-second/early third-round grade on him and thinks he can make a big impact in the running game:
Looks the part with long arms and outstanding overall size and mass to cover up defenders in the run game and generate a push. Good strength to anchor vs. power and possesses enough brute strength to hold his ground even when he locks his legs. Is not easily moved and can position-sustain.
Shamar Stephen—DT Connecticut
Stephen is listed as a defensive tackle, but I think his height and strength would make him a good fit as a 5-technique in the Texans' 3-4 defensive scheme. Defensive ends in a traditional 3-4 scheme need size and strength to be able to control their lane and also need the arm length and skill with their hands to be able to shed blockers and bring down the ball-carrier. That's exactly how Rang describes Stephen's strengths.