With the 2011 NFL Draft approaching, speculation of teams’ desired draft picks is rampant. The last three weeks or so are commonly referred as "Misdirection Season," to put it cleanly. Teams spread rumors in an effort to adjust the draft stock of players that they want to see fall to them, as well as those they don’t.
This makes prognosticating when players will be picked and by whom difficult. Are rumors of a prospect failing a medical re-check and potentially falling on draft boards a legitimate concern? Or are they simply from a team engineering false alarms in hope that the once-unobtainable talent will be in reach?
Projecting draft picks especially difficult with the Houston Texans. Every year, they subscribe to a level of secrecy that would make most government agencies pale in comparison. For instance, all teams are allocated 30 official prospect visits. I know of seven visits, none of which would be considered to be anything close to first-round talent.
In the absence of concrete information, I have to rely on what I know of the Texans and their draft preferences to hypothesize who they might take in the upcoming draft. This is made even more difficult by the fact that Wade Phillips will likely influence this draft heavily.
Despite these factors of uncertainty, I take my best stab at who will have their names called to play with the boys in Steel Blue. Here is my seven-round Mock Draft for the Texans. I would love your feedback either in the comments, or on twitter (@JakeBRB).