Who the Experts Pick: Houston Texans' Five Potential First Round Draft Picks
I have put together four mock drafts from experts, with my evaluation of each pick, plus my own selection.
The experts I have chosen to highlight are Pat Kirwin from NFL.com, Bucky Brooks from NFL.com, Mel Keiper from ESPN and Walter Football.
Each pick would help the Texans next season, but some more than others.
Which expert's pick is the best for the Texans?
Pick from NFL.com's Pat Kirwan: Dan Williams
Williams, a defensive tackle from Tennessee, would be a solid pick for Houston.
Many drafts have him going in the Top 15, so he would be good value.
Don't be surprised to see Houston reinforce their front seven yet again in this years draft.
Pick from NFL.com's Bucky Brooks: Ryan Matthews
Steve Slaton had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, but I still do not see a running back as the best pick here.
In Bucky's defense, most of the logical picks were off the board at 20. I believe the Texans would be better off with Dan Williams though.
They can address their running back need later in the draft.
A strong choice would be Montario Hardesty from Tennessee in the third round.
Pick from ESPN's Mel Kiper: Mike Iupati
The Texans would be happy with this pick, though I do not see him falling past 18.
Iupati would be a definite upgrade given the Texans' current situation at guard. He would help the run game with his physical play.
Pick from Walter Football: Earl Thomas
Regardless of need, the skill set Earl Thomas possesses makes him a solid selection.
He is far too good of a playmaker to fall to 20 though, so if he is still available, he will be worth serious consideration.
My Pick: Kyle Wilson
With the loss of Dunta Robinson, the Texans will have a hole to fill at corner.
Who better than Kyle Wilson?
He is a playmaking corner who could step into Robinson's role. All great defenses need a shutdown corner, and Wilson could be that guy.