2011 NFL Mock Draft: Which Top Pass Rusher Falls to Houston Texans?
Houston Texans Look To Upgrade Pass Rush In 2011 NFL Mock Draft
Kiper: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
McShay: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
Banks: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
Kirwan: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
Rang: Robert Quinn, DE, UNC
My take: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
By now, everyone knows that the Houston Texans had the NFL's most worst pass defense.
But with both Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara off the board--and the fact that they have two young corners that showed good development in 2010--the Texans will have to get better against the pass by amping up their rush.
Furthermore, as Kirwan noted: "The Texans need an outside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense to create more pressure in order to help the secondary. They will get a solid cornerback in the next round."
Quinn, Watt, and Kerrigan are fine rushers, and would be outstanding picks....if the 2010 Butkus Award winner didn't surprisingly fall out of the top 10.
In Wade Phillips 3-4 scheme he'll fit perfectly as a pass rushing specialist on the other side of Mario Williams.
None of the first 10 teams really want to pass on Miller, and he doesn't seem to have any true weaknesses, but somehow he'll get lot in the shuffle. That's great news for the Texans.
|1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE |
2. Denver Broncos: Marcell Dareus, DT
3. Buffalo Bills: Nick Fairley, DT
4. Cincinnati Bengals: Patrick Peterson, CB
|17. New England Patiriots: Mike Pouncey, OG|
18. San Diego Chagers: Ryan Kerrigan, DE
19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cameron Jordan,DE
|5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB |
6. Cleveland Browns: A.J. Green, WR
7. San Francisco 49ers: Robert Quinn, DE
8. Tennessee Titans: Tyron Smith, OT
|21. Kansans City Chiefs: Akeem Ayers, OLB|
22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT
23. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Watt, DE
24. New Orleans Saints: Cameron Heyward, DE
|9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB |
10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB
11. Houston Texans: Von Miller, OLB
12. Minnesota Vikings: Jimmy Smith, CB
|25. Seattle Seahawks: Stephen Paea, DT|
26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB
27. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Houston, OLB
28. New England Patriots: Adrian Clayborn, DE
|13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder, OT |
14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR
15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram Jr., RB
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB
|29. Chicago Bears: Derek Sherrod, OT|
30. New York Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Aaron Williams, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Jabaal Sheard, DE
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