With the 2011 NFL Draft less than six weeks away, mock draft season is in full bloom.
We’ve crunched the numbers on 15 different mocks from around the web to project the top-10 picks in the draft. We’ve also included a projection for the Texans’ pick at No. 11 overall, and then asked a guest expert for his pick considering who was available on our board.
A different expert will do the honors for the Texans’ pick each week. This week, it was Marc Vandermeer, the “Voice of the Texans” for SportsRadio 610 AM.
From the 15 mocks in our survey (full list below the table), we tabulated how many times a player was picked for each of the top 11 teams in the draft. A player who got the most “votes,” as we’ll call them, at each team was the pick. There were a couple of exceptions where a player was the top vote-getter for more than one team. That player went to the team where he had a higher number of votes, and the other team ended up with the player who had the next-highest number of votes.
Here are the results of our first-ever Texans Mock Draft Machine:
Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
Also receiving votes: Cam Newton (33%), Marcell Dareus (13%), Patrick Peterson (13%)
Marcell Dareus, DL, Alabama
Also receiving votes: Da’Quan Bowers (20%), Nick Fairley (13%), Robert Quinn (13%)
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
Also receiving votes: Marcell Dareus (27%), Patrick Peterson (20%), Da’Quan Bowers (13%), Von Miller (7%), J.J. Watt (7%)
Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Also receiving votes: A.J. Green (33%), Blaine Gabbert (13%), Cam Newton (13%), Nick Fairley (7%), Julio Jones (7%), Patrick Peterson (7%)
Von Miller, LB, Texas AM
Also receiving votes: Blaine Gabbert (27%), Da’Quan Bowers (7%)
A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
Also receiving votes: Da’Quan Bowers (20%), Marcell Dareus (7%), Nick Fairley (7%), Julio Jones (7%)
Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
Also receiving votes: Von Miller (27%), Blaine Gabbert (13%), Robert Quinn (13%)
Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
Also receiving votes: Da’Quan Bowers (13%), Patrick Peterson (13%), Robert Quinn (13%)
Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Also receiving votes: Tyron Smith (20%), Anthony Castonzo (13%), Cameron Jordan (7%), J.J. Watt (7%)
Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
Also receiving votes: Prince Amukamara (13%), Cameron Jordan (13%), Aldon Smith (13%), Ryan Mallett (7%), Robert Quinn (7%), J.J. Watt (7%)
Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
Also receiving votes: Prince Amukamara (20%), Cameron Jordan (13%), Brandon Harris (7%), Justin Houston (7%), Cory Liuget (7%), Aldon Smith (7%), J.J. Watt (7%)
The pick from Marc Vandermeer of SportsRadio 610:
Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
Vandermeer: “I hate to go with the chalk, but I have to. I know about the missed season, we know about the troubles, but the fact is that as an athletic prospect as far as what their needs are – and they need to get after the passer, they need people to fit the 3-4 coached by Wade Phillips – he fits that need. We have coming back from injury, and we don’t know what Connor’s going to look like; I’m looking forward to seeing how he is. But you definitely need depth and you need somebody to be a potential world-beater there, and maybe it’s Barwin, and maybe Quinn can do the same thing. And I don’t think they’re done picking at this position in the draft. I think there’s some insurance coming up later on in the draft, midway through – fourth/fifth round, maybe even earlier – but it’s a position of much need for them. We’ve talked about the secondary an awful lot this offseason and toward the latter half of last season, how it was such a concern… But I think the secondary’s going to look a whole lot better with a better pass rush… If I’ve got to go number one need here, it’s going to be Quinn. If (Prince) Amukamara does drop, it’s going to be pretty tempting to take him. They just took last year, though, and I think Wade Phillips feels like he can turn Kareem Jackson into a good player still. One year, you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. You re-group with him, you get his confidence going again and you get him playing well. And again, he’s going to look better with a better pass rush. So I’ve got to go with Quinn, because he’s available, because it’s the most pressing need: Pressure on the passer.”
NOTE: All of the mocks in our survey were posted after the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Each was the author/website’s most current mock as of March 11 at 10 a.m. CT.
The mock drafts: Mel Kiper (ESPN.com), Don Banks (SI.com), Nolan Nawrocki (Pro Football Weekly), Evan Silva (Pro Football Talk), Chad Reuter (NFL Draft Scout/CBS), Rob Rang (NFL Draft Scout/CBS), Russ Lande (Sporting News), Wes Bunting (National Football Post), Pat Kirwan (NFL.com), Michael Lombardi (NFL.com), Steve Wyche (NFL.com), John McClain (Houston Chronicle), Lance Zierlein (Houston Chronicle), Walter Football, OurLads.com.