2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Texans
Whitney Mercilus out of Illinois is one of the top defensive end prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft. So far in 2011, he's piling up awards recognition nearly as fast as sacks and tackles for loss. He currently leads the nation in sacks (13.5), sacks per game (1.23) and forced fumbles (8). Mercilus is also a Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist, an award given to the nation's best defensive player.
What Mercilus lacks in athleticism he makes up for in consistent effort. He really often sells out on pass-rushing and abandons his gap assignment to rush the passer. He can play both defensive end positions and does well to change up his style, whether it be a bull rush or going inside/outside.
Should only be considered a 4-3 defensive end. Although he has the size to play 3-4 OLB, he doesn't have the fluid hips or the footwork necessary yet to play in coverage. At the next level, he'll need to learn how to be more explosive off the line and stay in his lane since teams often run right at where he is supposed to be.
His pad level after contact gets high, which is a big problem for scouts. For a guy with his size, he doesn't have a strong base and will likely need to beef up his lower b... [Read More
DeVier Posey is fast receiver that is a very raw route runner who needs to show more precision and snap to his game. He has the right height but is still a bit thin throughout. He can be jammed or re-routed off the line and doesn't show enough determination to fight through press coverage. When entering his breaks, he is rough around the corners and doesn't explode to create separation. He needs to show more discipline in his routes and scouts will certainly see this as a big negative. There is also some upside since he hasn't learned to consistently play with this type of discipline; if he does, it will greatly improve his game.
He can stretch the field and get behind defenders at times. He follows the football in the air well and does a nice job to be in position to make the catch. Posey flashes nice body control while in the air and can make the acrobatic catch. But again, discipline is a factor and doesn't necessarily bring the same level of concentration every play or even every game.
There is some upside here which could push his stock up slightly for some teams. The bottom line is that while Posey does have some natural gifts, there doesn't seem to be a workmanlike ap... [Read More
Brooks is a versatile offensive lineman with a lot of experience and possesses top notch leadership qualities.
Competition in the Mid American Conference did not live up to expectations but that didn't stop Brooks from being one of the more impressive players at that level. He moves very well once he gets moving. As a run blocker, he performs best as a zone blocker. He's not really the type to drive forward and just dominate another player. Brooks takes good angles to the second level and has a natural bend. Despite a lack of lateral quickness, he doesn't have many 'bad' steps where he is wasting motion or inactive.
Brooks could afford to use his hands better as a pass blocker. He needs his hands to stay active and engage since he doesn't have the brute strength to impose his will, per se. He has a very good motor and mean streak. Brooks could also afford to shed a few pounds and improve upon his conditioning, not because he takes plays off but simply because, as mentioned, he's a bit overweight.... [Read More
Jones has teamed up with left guard Cordy Glenn to anchor what has been a solid Georgia offensive line this season. The Bulldogs are second in the SEC in passing, fourth in rushing, and third in total offense in the conference. They have won 10 games in a row and reached the SEC Championship against LSU. The offense could have been even better, but star freshman Isaiah Crowell missed significant playing time. Still, it did not matter who was in the backfield because Jones and the O-line were rock-solid from start to finish during the regular season.
Jones is one of the most experienced players in college football. He started 10 games at center as a freshman, started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore, and has started every game ever since. The Centreville, AL native has good size at 6'3'' and 316 pounds. He generally runs in the 5.2s in the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 5.14 from that distance. Glenn is not flashy, but he has sound fundamentals and will be a solid addition to the middle of any offensive line at the next level.... [Read More
Michigan State wide receiver prospect KeShawn Martin has excellent quickness and may catch on with a team as a slot receiver.
Although he isn't a crisp route runner, Martin moves very well in open spaces and can break quickly to gain separation. His speed is also a strength and he'll be able to get behind defenders. His experience as both a kick and punt returner only adds to his value.
Martin has average hands and will need to learn to come back to the ball on some routes. He also lets the ball get trapped against his frame. Martin doesn't offer much with yards after the catch or contact. He is looking to evade and run into open spaces with the ball in his hands.
Martin joining the Texans in the fourth round is a good sign. His skill set matches that of current teammate Jacoby Jones, who has underachieved for years now. Although Houston also drafted DeVier Posey, Martin will certainly have the opportunity to compete for a potential starting role. Houston obviously feels their No. 2 WR spot is open for the taking.... [Read More
Jared Crick hopes to follow the newly-found tradition of the Nebraska Huskers putting elite defenders into the NFL. Crick had 18.5 sacks in his 2009 and 2010 seasons. He's been quieter this year with double-teams in his face all season, but is still considered near the Top 5 at his position.
Crick has the size to play anywhere along the defensive line in a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. He'll need to continue to add girth to his frame to quell the doubters who question his size to play defensive tackle at the next level. The problem is that undersized players must lean on athleticism or a certain explosion off the line to get penetration, yet Crick doesn't possess either. As a pass-rusher, he doesn't have an array of moves to get around the blocker.
Thankfully, Crick has a good motor and goes all out. He also does well against the run, maintaining gap integrity. Using better pad level would greatly improve his presence inside, but since he is so tall, blockers will often get under him and push him laterally to create running lanes.... [Read More