Offseason as the Texans GM, Part 1
Over the course of the offseason, I will participate in simulated events from the offseason. The only difference is rather than having Free Agency before the draft, the mock draft took place before Free Agency. Free Agency is scheduled to open up soon, and will be part two of this series.
Even though Free Agency hasn't opened yet, we have already been asked to make cuts and tag players. The cap casualties at this point are:
WR Demaryius Thomas
TE Ryan Griffin
OG Zach Fulton
CB Kevin Johnson
Draft Twitter Community Mock
In late January, I participated in Draft Twitter Community Mock. 32 different individuals took a team and played the role of the team's general manager. Playing the role of Houston Texans general manager, the selections were:
With the 23rd pick in the 2019 Draft Twitter Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans selected Cody Ford. Ford is a right tackle at Oklahoma who declared for the draft as a junior. He has played guard in the past and brings versatility to the line along with Martinas Rankin, who can also play anywhere along the line.
With the 54th pick in the 2019 Draft Twitter Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans selected Julian Love. Love is a cornerback out of Notre Dame. He was a Jim Thorpe Award nominee for best defensive back in the country. He has exceptional ball skills and he is a rather good tackler. Has the traits to grow into the shutdown corner that the Texans have been looking for.
With the 55th pick in the 2019 Draft Twitter Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans selected Jerry Tillery. Tillery is a defensive tackle from Notre Dame who broke out this season. He has the stature to play nose tackle and he was a massively disruptive force for the entirety of the season. The Texans would kick D.J. Reader to the outside to play opposite J.J. Watt. Watt and Reader with Tillery up the middle; not too bad.
Trade Alert: The Houston Texans then pulled off a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. With Mercilus slowing down last year, and arguably losing his role on the defense, he was on the market. It was also made clear to the other general managers that safeties were on the market with the rise of rookie Justin Reid, as well as the probability of re-signing Tyrann Mathieu. Mercilus and Hal were traded to the Rams for two third-round picks (Picks 96 and 101). The trade clears up 10.8 million dollars in cap space for the Texans.
Trade Alert: With the Indianapolis Colts on the clock at 59, and a huge target still on the board, the Texans traded two third-rounders (Picks 87 and 101), as well as a 2020 third-rounder for a second-rounder (Pick 59) and a fourth-rounder (Pick 136).
With the 59th pick in the 2019 Draft Twitter Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans selected Joshua Jacobs. Jacobs is a running back out of Alabama. After splitting carries with Damien Harris and Najee Harris for most of the season, he became the dominant back towards the latter parts of the season. When the season ended and tape watching began, it became clear Jacobs was the best running back in the draft. Jacobs is incredibly agile but also loves the grit and grind of football. Whether it's shaking a defender, running through a defender or laying a massive block, Jacobs is your guy. Getting Jacobs at 59 was a steal, while picking up a star for the inevitable decline of Lamar Miller.
Trade Alert: With the Green Bay Packers on the clock in the middle of the third-round, the Texans had to make a move to replace a traded player. The Texans traded a third-round pick (Pick 96) and a fourth-round pick (Pick 136) to move up in the third-round (Pick 76).
With the 76th pick in the 2019 Draft Twitter Community Mock Draft, the Houston Texans selected Vosean Joseph. Joseph may have been a bit of a reach here, but he has shown the traits to be an eventual NFL starter, and he is the perfect replacement for Whitney Mercilus. As a physical linebacker who makes plays around the line of scrimmage, he is a cheap version of Mercilus, who lost his way this past season.
Making Sense of the Trades & the Haul
The overall trades, cutting out picks that were picked up and then flipped, the Texans traded OLB Whitney Mercilus and S Andre Hal, along with two third-rounders (Picks 87 and a 2020 third-rounder) for Joshua Jacobs (Pick 59) and Vosean Joseph (Pick 76). Joshua Jacobs should be a star for years to come, and Vosean Joseph is a significantly cheaper version of Whitney Mercilus.
This draft would see every pick get the chance to start, and the only player who may miss out on the opportunity would be Joseph.
Otherwise, Ford replaces Julie'n Davenport rather easily as a starter, and the return of Seantrel Henderson, along with the development of Martinas Rankin, the offensive line should be much improved.
Love replaces Shareece Wright or Aaron Colvin as a third cornerback, the latter of the two it seems that the coaching staff inexplicably dislikes.
Tillery would allow for true starters along the 3-4 defensive line, especially with Christian Covington, Brandon Dunn, and Angelo Blackson hitting the free agent market.
Jacobs would get the chance to start, but would likely split carries, allowing Miller to stay fresh throughout the season.
Joseph would get the opportunity to fight for a starting spot in training camp, but Ejiofor and Cole is rather stout competition for the spot.
After the draft, the depth chart looks emptier than it should, but that is largely due to the fact that Free Agency has yet to open. After tagging Jadeveon Clowney, the Texans will enter Free Agency with 62.7 million dollars.
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